HOLY TRINITY CELTIC ORTHODOX CHURCH
CELTIC ORTHODOX BENEDICTINE FATHERS
1703 MACOMBER STREET, TOLEDO, OHIO 43606
PHONE: 419.206.2190 / E-MAIL email@example.com
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BECOME AN OBLATE BENEDICTINE
IN THE CELTIC ORTHODOX BENEDICTINE COMMUNITY?
Oblate Benedictine are Orthodox or Catholic men and women, married or single, who live in the world and enjoy and support their families while holding down their usual employment and social ties. It is not necessary to be Orthodox to be an Oblate in the Celtic Orthodox Benedictine community. Membership is open to all Catholics and Orthodox Christians who live in Northwest Ohio or Southeast Michigan. After all; there is only One Lord, One Faith and One Baptism.
‘Oblate’ literally means ‘one who is offered’. Originally in the Rule of
St Benedict it referred to children who were ‘offered’ by their parents
to the monastery for formation and education. When these children
reached the age of decision they could chose to stay on in the monastery
or leave and live outside. These who left would often keep close links
to the monastery. Later on, in the middle Ages, it referred to
lay people who wanted to be linked to the spirituality of St Benedict
by becoming associated with a particular monastery.
OBLATE BENEDICTINE SPIRITUALITY IS SCRIPTURE BASED
THE DIVINE SACRIFICE OF THE MASS AND THE
DAILY PRAYER AND STUDY OF SACRED
SCRIPTURE ARE THE TWIN PILLARS
UPON WHICH REST OUR HOPE FOR SALVATION
(Bishop Brian Kennedy, O.S.B.)
NO ONE’S VICTORY ALONE – A SENSE OF COMMUNITY
Alongside daily prayer Oblates have a growing sense of being part of
a community and receive the support from being part of something larger
than just themselves. They integrate more fully into the Orthodox
and Catholic faith experience through the Mass, the Scriptures and
meeting others who share their desire to walk more closely with God in Christ.
THE RULE OF ST. BENEDICT IN EVERY DAY LIFE
Apart from the prayer and community there is the creative venture of
living out the spirituality of St Benedict in our daily lives. Primarily
that means applying it to the context of family, relationships, leisure
time and the workplace, living a life of prayer and meditation though
the commitments, opportunities and responsibilities of our life. The
Rule needs to be adapted to circumstances in a spirit of obedience to
The call of the Holy Spirit, stability and conversion of life. ‘The tools for
good works’, as St. Benedict calls them, need to be used creatively. The
way we live out our Oblation and calling is unique for each person.
LET US LOVE AND SERVE THE LORD
BY LOVING AND SERVING EACH OTHER
St. Benedict writes in his Prologue to the Rule: “We intend to establish
a school for the Lord’s service". In founding it we hope to introduce
nothing harsh or burdensome. If your experience convicts you of sin, do not
at once be dismayed and fly from the way of salvation, as we know
the way to salvation is narrow. For as we advance in the religious life and in
faith, our hearts expand and we run the way of God’s commandments
with joy and gladness.
HISTORY OF THE CELTIC ORTHODOX BENEDICTINE FATHERS
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
BISHOP BRIAN KENNEDY, O.S.B.