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.
This group met last on 11 November for Armistice Day, with prayers at the War Shrine, then a lunch together.
We will then meet next on 10 February for a quiet day at Deacon Joan Teresa’s house at Brighton.
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.
This is a good little clip about oblates from PBS in the USA.
St Benedict’s Day
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.