St. Placid Oblates started their new year of meetings September, 2018. This year we have five Oblate candidates. During the course of this year they will meet with their Sister mentor and their Oblate mentor as they study the Rule of St. Benedict and monastic life.
In October, Oblate Liz Langeland and Postulant (now Novice) Camille Wooden traveled to St. Gertrude’s Monastery in Cottonwood, Idaho, for a 5-day symposium entitled “Oblates for the Future.” Oblates from around the country (and even one from Belgium) came to talk about the history of Oblates, Oblate participation in monasteries and Oblate leadership, and to network and begin to form a vision for the future. It soon became clear we had many things in common, including the challenges facing Oblate communities and the commitment to living Benedictine values in the world–that is, outside the monastery. It was a fruitful time, generating specific ideas to begin moving into the future as well as plans for a follow-up symposium in September, 2019. It is an exciting and challenging time to be an Oblate, and we anticipate moving forward together with the Sisters and Community of St. Placid Priory.