Regular meetings of the oblates of the two Anglican Benedictine Communities in Australia are held at St George’s. We try and meet once a month to provide a support for those who are called to follow the Benedictine way whilst living in the world.
Our next meeting will be Satuday 11 July at 11 am at St George’s. At this meeting oblates will renew their yearly vows. Unfortunately, we will not be able to host a lunch this year.
We have now worked out the dates of our meetings for the rest of the year. They are:
Saturday 11 July St Benedict’s Day
Saturday 8 August Mary of the Cross McKillop, Dominic
Saturday 12 September
Saturday 10 October Thomas Traherne
Saturday 14 November the Feast of Benedictine Souls
Each meeting will start with a mass at 11 am.
Our last meeting was on 6 June 2020. this was the first meeting since the pandemic outbreak.
There was a meeting of the CCK oblates in Melbourne on the 30 November to 1 December.
We met on 12 October, then we meet again for mass and lunch on the 16 November. The Christmas lunch was on Saturday 7 December, mass was at St Jude’s Brighton at 11 am.
On Saturday 13 July at St George’s we had our annual St Benedict’s mass with guest preacher Archdeacon Michael Whiting.
We had our June meeting as a quiet day at the retreat house at Willunga with the Rev’d Dr Jane Lee Barker givg the address.
At our meeting in February we welcomed our new oblate Claudia Lucy.
The annual meeting of the oblates in South Australia and other states was held at St George’s on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 November 2018.
This year we had our conference of oblates of CCK at St George’s on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 November.
A quiet house and garden is supplied by one of the oblates at Brighton, Adelaide. Contact Deacon Joan Teresa about this on 0403 351 477.
The group met there on 10 February for a quiet day.
This is a good little clip about oblates from PBS in the USA.
St Benedict’s Day
We will keep this the Saturday near the feast of St Benedict on 11 July.
St Benedict is considered by many to be the founding father of religious orders in the Western Church. The Rule that he wrote for his community of monks in the 5th century is still relevant in today’s world for monastics and lay people alike.
Throughout the year St George’s offers hospitality to a group of oblates – lay people associated with a religious order – for whom the Rule of St Benedict provides a guide for daily living in ordinary life.Each year we invite members of religious orders, together with oblates and associates, to join us for a Mass in honour of St Benedict. This is followed by a shared lunch in the Parish Hall.
In 2017 we had Archdeacon Michael Whting preach for us and the renewal of oblation vows. In 2018 the Archbishop will be our guest preacher.