The Monastery of the Ascension is a community of about a dozen Benedictine monks which has been in Southern Idaho since 1965. We live a life of prayer, work and reading accordng to the Rule of St. Benedict and try to serve the Catholic Church and the people of southern Idaho through various ministries which include parochial work, retreats, teaching and scholarship, ecumenical activities, counseling and spiritual direction, and social service.
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[IMAGE] 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 way.

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, and Pocatello.

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Monastery of the Ascension: Oblate Schedule

Schedule of Meetings and Retreats

Oblate Meetings at the Monastery of the Ascension Schedule
Book Study: "Psalms" by G. Polen, Liturgical Press. Copies Available.
  Sep 23, 2018      Potluck Picnic at the Monastery at 1 pm
  Nov 2-4, 2018     Retreat
  Mar 15-17, 2019   Retreat
  Meetings Every Third Sunday of the Month, at the Monastery,  10:30am    
  Reading: Psalms (G. Polen, Liturgical Press. I have copies). We will start with 
           the Psalms listed and discuss 3 or 4 as follows:
  Sep 16, 2018       Ps 01 - 20
  Oct 21, 2018       Ps 21 - 40
  Nov 18, 2018       Ps 41 - 60
  Dec 16, 2018       Ps 61 - 74 
  Jan 20, 2019       Ps 75 - 89
  Feb 17, 2019       Ps 90 - 110
  Apr 21, 2019       Ps 111 - 130
  May 19, 2019       Ps 131 - 150

Oblate Meetings in Boise Schedule
Location: Riffle Center, St. John's Cathedral, Third Saturday of the Month Book Study: "The Rule of Benedict: A Spirituality for the 21st Century," (2010) by Joan Chittister There is an earlier edition with the subtitle, "Insights for the Ages" This new version is substantially the same, though there are changes to the front matter and new art work.
  Sep 15, 2018      Chittister = Chapters of Rule of Benedict, Prologue and Chapter 1
  Oct 20, 2018      Chapters 2 - 5
  Nov 17, 2018      Chapters 6 - 7
  Dec 15, 2018      Chapters 8 - 20
  Jan 19, 2019      Chapters 21 - 32
  Feb 16, 2019      Chapters 33 - 42
  Apr 20, 2019      Chapters 43 - 57
  May 18, 2019      Chapters 78 - 73

Oblate Meetings at Idaho Falls Schedule
Location: St. John Paul Parish Office basement, 145 9th St, Idaho Falls, 83404 Entrance on the side nearest to Holy Rosary School Meetings occur on 2nd Saturday of the Month, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Potluck following noon prayers. Book Study: "The Rule of Benedict: A Spirituality for the 21st Century" by Joan Chittister
  Oct 13, 2018      (pp. ix - 32)                      
  Nov 10, 2018
  Dec 08, 2018 
  Jan 12, 2019
  Feb 09, 2019
  Mar 09, 2019
  Apr 13, 2019 
  May 11, 2019 

For further information contact Fr. Hugh (208-761-9389),

The Monastery of the Ascension
541 East-100 South
Jerome, ID 83338

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