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 their presence, retreats and communal prayer, volunteering at the monastery or contributing their talents and serving in other capacity.

After making a decision to become an oblate, one spends a year as a novice, where one observes the Benedictine Rule according to one's state in life: praying the Liturgy of the Hours, making a visit to a monastery for a retreat or a day of prayer. After a year of discernment the oblate novice makes a final oblation, pledging to live the Benedictine spirit in one's life, praying the Liturgy of the Hours, and making an annual retreat.

There are local chapters of Oblates in the Treasure Valley (meeting takes place at St. Paul's Student Center, Boise University), Magic Valley (meeting takes place at the Monastery), Idaho Falls, and Pocatello

Oblate Meetings at the Monastery of the Ascension Schedule

Meetings Every Third Sunday of the Month, at the Monastery, 10:30am

Nov 1 - 3, 2019 Fall Retreat
Feb 29 - Mar 1, 2020 Lenten Retreat

Reading: The Rule of Benedict: A Spirituality for the 21st Century by Joan Chittister. Copies at Amazon or the Monastery Bookstore

Sep 15, 2019 Chaps. 01 - 02
Oct 20, 2019 Chaps. 03 - 06
Nov 17, 2019 Chap. 07
Jan 19, 2020 Chaps. 08 - 21
Feb 16, 2020 Chaps. 22 - 37
Mar 15, 2020 Chaps. 38 - 48
Apr 19, 2020 Chaps. 49- 59
May 24, 2020 Chaps. 60 - 73
    
    
    
    
Oblate Meetings in Pocatello Schedule

Meetings Every Third Sunday of the Month, in Pocatello, 10:30am

Nov 1 - 3, 2019 Fall Retreat
Feb 29 - Mar 1, 2020 Lenten Retreat

Reading: Augustine in his Own Words by William Harmless.
Copies at Amazon or the Monastery Bookstore

Sep 13, 2019 Chap. 07
Oct 11, 2019 Chap. 08
Nov 08, 2019 Chap. 09
Jan 10, 2020 Chaps. 10
Feb 07, 2020 Chap.
Mar 13, 2020 Chap.
Apr 10, 2020 Chap.
May 09, 2020 Chap.
    
    
    
    
Oblate Meetings in Boise Schedule

Location: Riffle Center, St. John's Cathedral.
Every Third Saturday of the Month. 12:30pm

Nov 1 - 3, 2019 Fall Retreat
Feb 29 - Mar 1, 2020 Lenten Retreat

Book Study: Humility Rules by J. A. Witta. (Ignatius, 2017)

Sep 21, 2019 pp. 11 - 38
Oct 19, 2019 pp. 30 - 62
Nov 16, 2019 pp. 63 - 86
Jan 18, 2020 pp. 87 - 110
Feb 15, 2020 pp. 111 - 134
Mar 21, 2020 pp. 135 - 158
Apr 18, 2020 Louf handout: Intro to Way of Humility
May 23, 2020 Readings from early monastic Author (handout)
    
    
    
    
Oblate Meetings at Idaho Falls Schedule

Location: St. John Paul Parish Office Basement
145 E 9th St
Idaho Falls, 83404

Entrance on the side nearest to Holy Rosary School.
Every Second Saturday of the Month, 10:00am - 1:00pm.
Potluck following noon prayers.

Nov 1 - 3, 2019 Fall Retreat
Feb 29 - Mar 1, 2020 Lenten Retreat

Book Study: The Rule of St. Benedict: Spirituality for the 21st Century by Joan Chittister.
Copies at Amazon or the Monastery Bookstore

Oct 12, 2019 pp. 130 - 158
Nov 09, 2019 pp. 159 - 178
Dec 14, 2020 pp. 179 - 201
Jan 11, 2020 pp. 202 - 221
Feb 08, 2020 pp. 221 - 241
Mar 14, 2020 pp. 242- 262
Apr 11, 2020 pp. 263 - 282
May 09, 2020 pp. 283 - 303

For further information contact Fr. Hugh (208-761-9389), hughf@idahomonks.org