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, and Pocatello.
NEW!: Oblate Manual
Monastery of the Ascension: Oblate Schedule
Schedule of Meetings and Retreats
Boise Monastery Book sections
Sep 17 1-2
Oct 15 3-4
Nov 19 5-6
Dec 17 Dec 4 7-8
Jan 7 Jan 8 9-10
Feb 18 Feb 19 11-12
Mar 18 Mar 19 13-14
Apr 21 (4th Sat) Apr 22 15-16
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, and those in Pocatello probably on the first Sunday of the month
At the meetings we will be discussing The Life of St Benedict by Gregory the Great. Translation and commentary by Terrence G. Kardong. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2009. The book is divided into 16 sections, so since we have 8 meetings that divides neatly into two sections per meeting.
Weekend retreats for oblates at the monastery are scheduled for:
Nov. 4-6, 2016
March 10-12, 2016
Nov. 3-5, 2017.