Are you are interested in becoming a more spiritual person? If so, you are invited to learn more about the Oblates of St. Benedict. Oblates are Christian women and men from all walks of life who associate themselves with a specific Benedictine monastery, like Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, Indiana. Oblates seek to live the Gospel message. The Sisters of St. Benedict will mentor and support you by offering regular Oblate meetings, quarterly newsletters, and other enrichment opportunities.
Oblate Candidate Pat Stemle, and his wife Deb, became interested in becoming Oblates after reconnecting with Pat’s grade school teachers, Sister Kathryn Huber and Sister Sylvia Gehlhausen. “After that, we were drawn to come to Sunday Mass. Coming to Mass here became something we wanted to do on Sunday, not something we were supposed to do on Sunday. For the first time, in a very long time, we felt that we were learning about a better way to live our lives, not being told everything we were doing wrong in our lives.”
Oblate Ellen Stanton had an experience that drew her to become an Oblate as well. “When circumstances seemed to pull my life in many directions, I found the sisters’ community at Monastery Immaculate Conception and, through their instruction and example, the wisdom of St. Benedict. A balance of work and prayer strengthens me at the core, as I share this wisdom in community with other Oblates, and wherever God calls me to be. Being an Oblate takes me beyond keeping it all together, while coping with life’s circumstances, it opens my heart to a life-giving relationship with God.”
If the experience of Oblate Candidates Pat and Deb Stemle and Oblate Ellen Stanton resonate with you, please consider attending the next Oblate meeting, which will be held on Sunday, May 20, in St. Gertrude Hall at Monastery Immaculate Conception, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. (EDT). Oblate Stephanie Smith will give a presentation on “Praying the Divine Office.” Members of the Begle and Luebbehusen families will share about their ministry in Guatemala.
For more information about becoming an Oblate or to attend the meeting on May 20, call Sr. Brenda Engleman, O.S.B. at 812-367-1411, Ext. 2827, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.