Welcome to the Benedictine Oblates Website
“Keep death daily before your eyes”
Those of us who work with tools, in crafts, garden or kitchen, will probably possess a variety of them but will generally rely on a few favourites, until a job or recipe comes up that requires a special tool and then we might have to go searching for it in cupboards and drawers. Similarly with St Benedict’s Tools of Good Works in Chapter 4 of the Rule, there are those in daily use like the commandments and the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. A long way down the list we find “Keep death daily before your eyes”; this rarely comes out unless bereavement or serious illness befalls us.
The UK Oblates Team are a small group of volunteer oblates from various monasteries who, since the first World Oblates Congress in 2005, have formed a team to act as a conduit for information for oblates and thus established this website for oblates and monastic communities, who may wish to make use thereof. We want to provide information about oblates and for oblates, and about the different Benedictine monastic communities that exist in Great Britain and Ireland. Read more…