Does anyone personally know anything about these oblates? Seems to be only for men and there is an age requirement (18-40).
The Birth of the Oblatehood.
In the beginning years, the Institute of Christ the King was joined by young men who felt a strong vocation to the community life but without having a calling to serve the Lord as priests. These young men decided to offer their many talents to Christ the King by helping the priestly members of the Institute in their daily apostolic duties in many different ways. They are so dedicated to this service and linked to the work of our priests that sometimes, overwhelmed by the enormous demand for the Institute's assistance, they have frequently been called the “guardian angels of the priests.”
The Formation Program
The candidates for the oblatehood have a five-year-long training in one of our houses in their native country. This training comprises an introduction to Latin and French (as far as that is necessary) learning thoroughly about the Institute' spirituality and liturgy, and an ongoing study of the Church's doctrine and history. In addition, the oblates are schooled to use their respective talents even better for the greater glory of God. They may even be asked to pursue practical or academic studies pertaining to their responsibility in the Institute of Christ the King.
The Life of the Oblate
The Life of the Oblate
Our oblates dedicate their many talentsOur oblates come from various nations and age levels, backgrounds and schooling. Some have worked in very responsible places in the world and others have just decided after high school to serve Christ the Sovereign Priest.
They are an integral part of our Institute and are considered full members with all of the rights and duties that this entails. According to their skills and preparation, they work in all kinds of positions within the Institute: deacon, art director, office administrator, majordomo, sacristan, teacher, gardener, organist, accountant, or cook. They take part in all of our official liturgies and are trained to participate in different functions to enhance the solemnity of our liturgical celebrations.
This seems like a good vocation for young men who attend the EF and feel called to secular ministry.