Welcome to the Benedictine Oblates Website
True freedom is freedom from oneself.” So writes a Benedictine monk in reference to the current Covid pandemic. “…in this current situation we learn unquestionably that we all have a responsibility to our fellow humans, that we all share the same human nature.”
Yet in the secular West, freedom is almost universally understood to mean freedom for oneself. Freedom becomes something external to ourselves, something granted or curtailed by others (witness the protests against lockdown restrictions).
Whenever any important business has to be done in the monastery, let the Abbot call together the whole community and state the matter to be acted upon.
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…