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Oblates

The mission of our Oblate program is to create opportunities to grow in the Spirit of Saints Benedict and Scholastica as seekers of the Living God. 

Oblates of St. Benedict are people of the general community who formally associate themselves with a specific Benedictine monastery. The Benedictine Sisters of Pittsburgh treasure the gift of faith filled Oblates. These women and men, through their quiet commitment to the Rule of Benedict accompanied by prayer and praise of the Monastic Hours, give each of us strength to collaborate in prayer, community, and ministry.
If you discover an interest in learning more about becoming an Oblate, please contact:

Sister Elizabeth Matz, OSB
724-502-2579

Sister Linda Larkman, OSB
412-737-0969 

News!

Our 2016-2017 monthly Benedictine Oblate meetings will reconvene on Sunday August 21, 2016 at 2:00 PM with an Ice Cream social — all are welcome. Our monthly discussion meetings will begin Sunday, September 18, 2016.

Last February’s Oblate meetings began with reading and reflecting on the book, St. Benedict’s Toolbox, the Nuts and Bolts of Everyday Benedictine Living by Jane Tomaine. 

In preparation for our first meeting on September 18, 2016, all newcomers and existing Oblates are asked to read Chapter 2, The Prayer of Lectio Divina (please read the prior chapters if you have not already done so.)  We will be using this book until completed.  For those of you without the book, it can be purchased for a moderate price on Amazon.Com or you can call us (724) 502-2600.

If you have any other questions or concerns please call our Oblate Co-Directors, Sister Elizabeth Matz (724) 502-2579 or Sister Linda Larkman (724) 766-5365. 

We hope to see you in August!

 

What does being a Benedictine Oblate mean to you?

All my life I have been seeking to know and understand God.  And, in doing so I have come to understand that in seeking God, it is really God who is seeking me.  Through God’s grace, I discovered Benedictine spirituality and the Benedictine Sisters of Pittsburgh.  As an oblate, I am not pulled away from my vocation of marriage or my responsibilities as mother, daughter, sister, and employee.  Instead, I hope that I fulfill these roles better.  I now have a sense of peace and purpose in knowing that all time belongs to God, all work is holy, and all we do can give glory to God.  I am grateful that God led me to search for Him, and that He gave me guides and fellow-seekers in the Benedictine Sisters.
        — Barbara Matera

There has always been a disconnection between my call to be spiritual and my human nature.  Becoming an Oblate and attending Oblate meetings has enabled me to bridge that gap and bring these two aspects of my being more into alignment.  By pondering upon the Rule of Benedict, with the instruction of our Oblate Director, and with the example of my fellow Oblates, I have at hand the tools to apply to my daily struggles with the weaker, more human aspects of my life, and a guide toward reaching more spiritual goals.    
          — BeBe Szalai

An Oblate is a lay person living under a modified rule; without vows; a member of one of several Catholic communities of men or women.  For me it is coming together with the Benedictine Community and other women and men who have like interests, spirituality, and common beliefs.  We come together to pray the Divine Office, share meals, and learn more about St. Benedict’s Rule.  I grew up in a parish run by Benedictine priests and I was taught by the Benedictine Sisters so I have always been involved with the Benedictine ideals.  It was only natural to be involved as an Oblate of St. Benedictine Monastery with the Benedictine Sisters of Pittsburgh.    
          — Madelyn Svidergol



 

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