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
For further information contact Fr. Hugh (208-761-9389), email@example.com