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Oblates – Following a rule of life, becoming part of a monastic family
Oblates are a third order… Having seen what a third order is on the previous page, we need to be clear that oblates are a third order, but they attach themselves to a particular religious community. Oblates are typically, but not soley, Benedictine in origin.
An explanation… Oblates, just like third orders are lay members of orders and have individually affiliated themselves with a monastic community of their choice eg. our own Belmont Abbey. They make a formal, private promise (usually renewable after a period of time) to follow the Rule of the order in their private life as closely as their individual circumstances allow. Oblates are considered an extended part of the specific monastic community to which they belong.
Being part of the monastic community… Oblates affiliate with their chosen community in prayer and make their private promise in the presence of that community. There is typically a period of formation involved to help the oblate life the way of the order in the secular world, and have somewhat regular contact with the community.
For more information on becoming an Oblate of our own Belmont Abbey click here.
When looking into third orders, one should discern and choose carefully. And please be aware not all third orders are in full compliance with the Church. If in doubt, make any enquiries direct to a religious house of the order.