The Oblates are a group of about 150 lay people who have chosen to associate
themselves with the monastic community of Monastery of the Ascension. They are lay people who
wish to share in the life of the monks by visits and retreats and days of prayer, by prayer
for each other, and by volunteering at the monastery or contributing to it in some other
After people decide they want to be oblates, they spend a year as novices, during
which time they try to observe the Benedictine rule according to their state in life, pray
some of the liturgy of the hours, and visit the monastery for a retreat or day of prayer. At
the end of that year, the oblate novices make a final oblation, where they pledge
themselves to live the Benedictine spirit in their lives, pray some of the liturgy of the
hours, and make an annual retreat.
There are local chapters in the Treasure Valley (meets at St. Paul's
Student Center, Boise State University), Magic Valley (meets at the
monastery), and Idaho Falls(meets in St. John Paul II Parish Office basement), and Pocatello.
NEW!: Oblate Manual
Monastery of the Ascension: Oblate Schedule
Schedule of Meetings and Retreats
Boise Monastery Idaho Falls Book sections
Sep 17 Oct 14, 2017 Ps 1-22, Read to pg 47
Oct 15 Nov 11, 2017 Ps 23-41, Read to pg 95
Nov 19 Dec 09, 2017 Ps 42-57, Read to pg 136
Dec 17 Dec 4 Jan 13, 2018 Ps 58-72, Read to pg 172
Jan 7 Jan 8 Feb 10, 2018 Ps 73-89, Read to pg 222
Feb 18 Feb 19 Mar 10, 2018 Ps 90-106, Read to pg 270
Mar 18 Mar 19 Apr 14, 2018 Ps 107-125, Read to pg 328
Apr 21(4th Sat) Apr 22 May 12, 2018 Ps 126-150, Read to pg 384
The meetings will be the third Saturday of the month in Boise, 12:30 pm, and the Sunday after that, 10:45 am at the monastery. The meetings in Idaho Falls will continue to be on the second Saturday of the month 10AM-1PM(Potluck after noon prayer), and those in Pocatello probably on the first Sunday of the month.
At the meetings we will be discussing The Psalms: Songs of Faith and Praise by Gregory J. Polan, OSB
Weekend retreats for oblates at the monastery are scheduled for:
Nov. 3-5, 2017
March 9-11, 2018
Nov. 2-4, 2018.