Oblate Program at Belmont Abbey, NC

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A prayer flowing from a place of deep humility and obedience

Yesterday (2/6/16) I had the honor of talking with those who are beginning their journey as ‘Lay Cistercians’ of our order. We talked about the ‘Rule of St. Benedict”, focusing on obedience and humility. I shared some of my own struggles with these topics in living out my own monastic life. There is never an […]

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Important: Formal Oblations delayed

Because of a scheduling conflict in the Abbey Church, the Mass and Renewal of Oblations originally scheduled have been cancelled. This is a disappoint for those of you who have been waiting but it simply cannot be avoided. More information will be provided in the next newsletter.

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Postings to Resume

Due to unavoidable circumstances the website has had no new postings for about a month. With this post that will change and postings will resume again today, March 20th. The Oblate newsletter has been posted for March and April and is a special “Divine Mercy Edition.” While much of what is in it is available […]

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Do You Belong?

Hospitality is more than following the Rule or serving dessert — it may affect a person’s health as well… An important driver for a lifestyle of optimism is a sense of purpose. There’s much truth in Nietzche’s “If you know the why, you can live any how.” Ultimately, what creates purpose is the experience that […]

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Fr. Jeremiah O’Connell

On October 20, 1894 Fr. Jeremiah O’Connell fell asleep in the Lord. Fr. O’Connell was a missionary priest who served Catholic Missions in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia before and after the Civil War. His missionary travels throughout these three states are described in the book he authored entitled “Catholicity in the Carolinas and […]

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September Meeting for Oblates

Oblates will meet in September on the 16th, the third Sunday of the month, and will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Gallagher Room. First and second year novices will meet at 2:30 p.m. in the Gallagher Room to discuss the coming year’s reading material. First year novices need to obtain a copy of Finding […]

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Benedictine Spirituality as Integral to Liturgical Formation, part 4

The Notre Dame Center for Liturgy is pleased to make available a series by Prof. Maxwell Johnson, of the University of Notre Dame’s theology department, on Benedictine Spirituality.  This is part of our new initiative in liturgical spirituality.  In coming months, these videos will also be included in an ICL Conversation, with additional reading in […]

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Benedictine Spirituality as Integral to Liturgical Formation, part 3

The Notre Dame Center for Liturgy is pleased to make available a series by Prof. Maxwell Johnson, of the University of Notre Dame’s theology department, on Benedictine Spirituality.  This is part of our new initiative in liturgical spirituality.  In coming months, these videos will also be included in an ICL Conversation, with additional reading in […]

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Oblate Obligations: Approved

Abbot Placid approved the following guidelines April 12, 2012 and are now binding on all Oblates of Belmont Abbey. Oblates are reminded that these are goals they should strive toward and they accept this voluntarily. They are also reminded that these are tools to help them develop spiritually but they must take into consideration their […]

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The initiative comes from God

God’s seeking of a workman reminds us of the parable of the workers in the vineyard. In the first place, God does not call everyone at the same point in their life: some he summons early, others later, and others again at the eleventh hour. This is because the initiative for the monastic or spiritual […]

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