The word oblate comes from a Latin word which means “to offer.” Dedicating one’s life to God in association with a community, even while living outside that community, is a long-practiced tradition in Benedictine monasticism.
Oblates of the Community of Jesus:
– “offer” themselves to God as men and women who, drawn to the monastic life, nevertheless must live that life outside of the Community itself;
– establish a personal bond with the Community of Jesus
– agree to the principles and purposes of the Community of Jesus as expressed in the Rule of Life;
– apply the principles of the Rule of Life to their daily personal, family, and business lives;
– participate in the life of the Community of Jesus insofar as they are able and especially in those programs that are designed specifically for Oblates;
– commit to participate in a program of formation for Oblates of the Community;
– seek ways to support the life and ministry of the Community;
– represent to the world the values that are inherent to their oblation.
The Oblate Covenant is a public and liturgical expression of this commitment:
I, ____________, for the glory of God, do solemnly promise and covenant before God and these witnesses, to live faithfully as an Oblate of the Community of Jesus, God being my helper. I ask Jesus to use this promise to further the work of sanctification in me, that I may be wholly his. May the Holy Spirit assist me to fulfill this promise faithfully.