|Patronness of Benedictine Oblates|
|St. Frances of Rome|
Benedictine Oblates are Lay Christians, affiliated with a particular monastery for the purpose of living out Gospel values according to the ancient Rule of St. Benedict.
After a period of formation they offer their lives to God in a public act of Final Oblation and commit themselves to serve God and the human family in their particular circumstances in the world.
According to their ability, they strive to support their monastic community in its ministry and special charisma, and receive in turn inspiration and guidance from the monastery for their own spiritual growth and the strengthening of their faith.
They aim to form their lives according to Benedictine values, and thus by prayer, work, and word give witness to the relevance of monastic spirituality in our own time.