Thinking of Becoming a Benedictine Oblate


Ever since soon after my conversion to Catholicism I have felt a strong attraction to the Benedictine way of life. Part of me would love to become a monk but I know thats not where God is calling me and I’m ok with that. I do however think God is calling me to become an oblate of the order.

I would like to know from the Benedictine Oblates around, especially those near the Fresno, Bakersfield area, what you like about being an oblate and what I should do in discerning this call?

Thank you and God Bless,


Hi danielsisk619,

There’s a Benedictine Spirituality Forum here on CAF . . . and we have several oblates who are regulars there . . . *we welcome all visitors *. . . and are studying the Holy Rule of St. Benedict right now . . . :compcoff: . . . day by day . . . with the Daily Reflections from the Rule placed on the site each morning . . . just do a search in the Forums for us if you’d like to drop by . . . and you will see all our posts from day one . . . or click on the link below and you’ll be taken to our Daily Reflection site . . .


If you want to repeat your question on the Forum . . . I’m sure you’ll get a response from some of the oblates there . . .
:bible1:**“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you…” **** Matthew 7:7
. . . all for Jesus+


This page has a lot of information on being an oblate:

This page shows Benedictine monasteries in California:

St. Andrew’s Abbey has an oblate group that meets in Bakersfield. While it may be possible to be an oblate without having regular meetings, I think you would be missing out on a lot. The abbey web site is


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