Becoming a Benedictine Oblate

What is an Oblate?

Benedictine Oblates are Christian laypeople who seek to according to the spirit of the Rule of St. Benedict (c. 480-c. 547) in their own life circumstances.  Oblates are affiliated with particular monasteries.  The Abbey of St. Walburga welcomes as oblates Christian men and women of all denominations and all walks of life.

If you are interested in the possibility of becoming an oblate, and you live within driving distance of the Abbey, please contact the Abbey oblate director by e-mail at or by telephone at 970-472-0612. 

You will be invited to attend meetings at one of our regional oblate groups in Fort Collins, Longmont, Denver or Cheyenne, to get acquainted. 

To become an oblate requires some months of study and preparation, both personally and through these meetings.  The focus of study is the Rule of St. Benedict, its spirituality and its values as they can be lived out in life outside a monastery.

At the end of the formation program, a prospective oblate makes a lifelong commitment to live according to the spirit and values of the Rule, promising daily prayer (biblical reflection and a portion of the Liturgy of the Hours), service to others, and pursuit of spiritual growth in Christ.  Oblates are encouraged to attend meetings when possible but are not obligated to do so.

Oblate meetings at the Abbey have been cancelled due to COVID-19.  We will keep you posted when we determine that they are able to resume.

See also the Abbey oblate program blog online at