Below, please find the dates for MRC’s 2023 oblate formation retreats. We are happy to announce that we’ll be going back to the in-person format, while still making sure people can participate online. These Saturday gatherings will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:00.
More information about the schedule of the day will follow. This year we will be focusing on the Beatitudes and Matthew 25–specifically Jesus’ words in regard to the poor, the imprisoned, and the sick and dying. As always, we welcome all oblates, oblate postulants, friends of the monastery, and inquirers interested in the oblate program.
March 11 = Postponed due to rain. New date TBA
Please mark your calendars!
Daniel Schrock from Indiana made his Oblation at MRC on Friday, July 23.
For information about becoming an Oblate or about the Oblate Formation Program, please contact:
Fr. Stephen Coffey OSB, Cam.
Mary Pat George
The Christian monastic tradition can be traced back at least to the 3rd century, and there have been Oblates connected with monastic communities, in various ways, practically from the beginning. Camaldolese Benedictine Oblates continue in this great tradition.
Our Oblates are lay persons or members of other orders or diocesan clergy (or even bishops) who seek to live a life in harmony with God through the Camaldolese Oblate Rule, striving to incorporate its values, rhythms and spirituality into their lives.
Over 600 men and women from all over the world have become Camaldolese Oblates.
When possible, they regularly return to New Camaldoli Hermitage and/or to Incarnation Monastery for spiritual retreat, as well as attend, when possible, local Oblate retreats offered in various areas and/or our annual Camaldolese Oblate gathering.
Camaldolese Oblates are recognized as Benedictine Oblates by all Benedictine Abbeys and Monasteries around the world.
February 27: Winter Retreat, Part I. We’ll be looking at the Prologue of the Rule, particularly at what St. Benedict meant when he referred to the monastery as a “school for the Lord’s service.”
March 27: Winter Retreat, Part II
May 22:Spring Retreat, Part I: Here, we’ll examine Ch. 4 of the Rule, “Tools for Good Works.”
June 19:Spring Retreat, Part II.
October 23:Fall Retreat, Part I: Our focus this time will be on Ch. 7 of the Rule, “The Ladder of Humility.”
November 20:Fall Retreat, Part II.
Presenters: Fr. Stephen Coffey, Paula Huston and a Panel of Oblates.