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(meets in St. John Paul II Parish Office basement), and Pocatello.

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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.

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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