Oblate News

2018 Schedule
The retreats at St. Vincent for summer, 2018, have been scheduled. There will be two retreats on Benedictine spirituality; they will be held on May 18-20, 2018 and June 15-17, 2018. All Oblates and Oblate novices are urged to consider making a summer retreat at the Archabbey.
Oblate Presenters for 2018
Oblate Presenters Listed For 2018
Oblate Meetings at Various Locations
Provided is a list of the times and locations of various Oblate meetings.
Retreat Schedule Now Online
Please visit the Saint Vincent Retreat Website for the 2018 schedule.
Oblate Day in September, Day of Recollection in October
Some 30 people, Oblates and family members and other guests, came to the Archabbey for our 30th annual Oblate Day. Archabbot Douglas celebrated Mass at 10:30 A.M. for the group in Mary, Mother of Wisdom Chapel. The congregation also included family and friends of deceased golfer Arnold Palmer in remembrance of the first anniversary of his death. After Midday Prayer, lunch, and some free time, Oblation ceremonies were held in the basilica at 1:45, during which Fr. Donald received the following as Oblate novices:
New Program For Oblate Novice Formation
A new program for the formation of Oblate novices was recently begun after many months of preparation. The package of 12 lessons was assembled largely by Oblates Deborah Johnston and Mary Ann Kaufman. The program is available currently for those who have been invested on or after July 10, 2016, although it may be extended to others in the future. The lessons and responses to questions can be conveyed by E-mail or U.S. mail. Fr. Donald is grateful to Mary Ann and Deborah for preparing and launching this long-awaited program.
Oblate Clothing and Apparel Items for Purchase
 Oblate Bill Gibson of Wheeling, WV, has been coordinating this project. Oblates are welcome to shop online by going to web site http://www.stbenedict.qbstores.com. Following instructions, they are asked on this “St. Vincent Oblate Logo Store” to provide basic information to create a personal account and to make purchases. Purchases are paid for online via credit card. If anyone would like more information about this, he or she may ask for a flier from the Oblate Office or may contact the e-mail address wmsgibson@comcast.net (with the subject line “SVA Oblate Store”).
Talks Presented to Latrobe Deanery Available on CDs and DVDs
Thanks to Father Andrew, talks given at Oblate meetings in Latrobe (when the presenter is willing and when someone is able to videotape) are available to those who desire to have CDs or DVDs. Orders will be taken only by Saint Vincent College Book Center unless one attends monthly meetings in Latrobe (where orders will still be taken for recent presentations). Please see the order form on the flier attached to this newsletter.
Mentoring Program and Prayer-Partner Program
The Mentoring Program for guiding inquirers and Oblate novices in Benedictine spirituality is in need of volunteers to serve as mentors. If you would like to mentor in this way or if you are an inquirer or an Oblate novice who would like to have an Oblate mentor, please contact 305makaufman@gmail.com. Those who offer to be mentors receive a booklet of guidelines. Also, if you would like to have another Oblate or Oblate novice as a prayer-partner, please contact. If you would like to have a monk as a prayer-partner, please contact Father Donald or Brother Joachim at the Oblate Office. Also, if you are a mentor and would like guidance and support from other mentors, please contact the Oblate Office.
Adoration for Vocations
The Blessed Sacrament is exposed every Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Saint Gregory Chapel. Oblates are urged to use these times for Eucharistic Adoration, if possible, especially on the Sundays of Oblate classes and meetings, to pray for vocations, especially to the Archabbey.
Items Available from the Oblate Office
The listed items are available through the Oblate Office:
Eucharistic Adoration for Vocations
Eucharistic adoration is being held every Sunday from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M. in Saint Gregory Chapel at Saint Vincent Seminary, Latrobe. Oblates are encouraged to attend and pray for vocations to the religious life and the priesthood.
Revised Prayer-Partner Program
Beginning January 1, 2017, the Prayer-Partner Program will involve a revised procedure. Upon making final Oblation, each new Oblate will be assigned to pray for a monk who has agreed to participate in the program. The monk will also be encouraged to pray for the Oblate. There is no contact by mail, e-mail, or phone unless both parties request it. After the program has been in effect for a while, those who have already been full Oblates may also request a monk as a prayer-partner. Prayer-partners matched under the previous system will continue as long as both parties agree to the continuation