Welcome to the Benedictine Oblates Website
This Lent, I am reflecting upon the life and writings of my patron saint, St. Aelred (1100- 1167). He was a Cistercian monk and Abbot of Rievaulx in Yorkshire. It was while visiting the ruins of the Abbey in 2009, that I felt the call to become an Oblate, and so I took his name at my Oblation. I had read a little about him prior to this but there was something about exploring the ruined Abbey where he lived and prayed that got into my bones.
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…