Oblate Life

A Ministry of Encouragement

Please read here Revd Gerry Reilly’s personal account of how he has found and is living out his vocation as an oblate of Elmore Abbey.

How to choose a Monastery for Oblation?

Zina Neagle, Oblate of Douai Abbey, shares her thoughts on How to choose a Monastery for Oblation.

Belfast-based oblate, Peter Stobart writes on how he came to choose his monastery in Northern Ireland.


Humility – Observations on Chapter 7 of The Rule of St Benedict, by Peter Stobart, Oblate of Holy Cross Monastery, Rostrevor, Northern Irleand.

In defence of Kitsch

A personal reflection from Oblate Bula Brazil, Oblate at Prinknash Abbey.

Reflections by Abbots and Oblate Masters

Prinknash Abbot Fr Francis Baird gave a wonderful reflection on active and contemplative prayer to his Oblates on 8th June 2012.

Is the Oblate Way for me?

Bishop of Arundel and Brighton Richard Moth offers a few thoughts that may be helpful to those who are wondering about the Oblate vocation and whether or not it is for them. Read Here.

The Oblate Vocation, Response to a Call

Talks from the National Oblate Retreats held at Douai Abbey in December 2008 led by Monsignor, now Bishop Richard Moth.

Talk I – Call In Sacred Scripture
Talk II – The Call to Oblate Life
Talk III – Conversatio Morum
Talk IV – Obedience
Talk V – Stability
Lectio Texts

What Kind of Person an Oblate should be

Fr Mark Hargreaves, Oblate Master at Prinknash Abbey gave this talk at the Oblate Day in July 2011.

Prophecy, Priesthood, Kingship

Fr Hugh Gilbert, Bishop of Aberdeen, shared his thoughts on how to be a Christian in a key note address at an oblate weekend in August 2010. Click here to read the full text of his speech ‘Prophecy, Priesthood and Kingship’.

Benedictine Charism

Dame Paula Fairlie OSB, Abbess of Curzon Park Abbey writes her reflections on the Charism of the Benedictine Monastic Life.


Fr Martin McLaughlin OSB from Prinknash Abbey wrote a talk on Silence.

Lectio Divina

A talk on Lectio Divina by Fr Luke MacNamara OSB of Glenstal Abbey.

St John Cassian

HELP! St John Cassian in the Liturgy & in Devotion by Oblate Master, Fr Martin Birrell OSB Pluscarden Abbey.

The Mysteries of the Rosary

An article on the Rosary from St Cecilia’s Abbey.


An article on Gratitude from St Cecilia’s Abbey.

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