Nurture the monk in yourself and in others

The Oblates of Holy Wisdom Monastery form an ecumenical learning community of women and men. Diverse in ages and faith traditions, they find spirituality for their daily lives in the Rule of Benedict. Oblates seek God through a balance of prayer, work, leisure and study. They meet regularly to help one another grow spiritually, to nurture the inward, spiritual journey and to integrate Benedictine spirituality into their lives.

Explore Benedictine spirituality

Oblates of Holy Wisdom Monastery, are invited to:

  • study the Rule of Benedict, a guide for Christian spirituality
  • pray with oblates and the sisters’ community
  • deepen their spirituality
  • develop a personal rule of life
  • actively serve the monastery in some way

Make a commitment
to a larger vision

Individuals who desire to become an oblate of Holy Wisdom Monastery spend one or two years in discernment as an oblate candidate. The oblate candidate commits to:

  • attend 5-6 weekend retreats to grow in familiarity and fellowship with the oblate community
  • learn and incorporate Benedictine values into their life
  • grow spiritually through prayer, self-reflection, listening and participation
  • deepen their connection specifically with Holy Wisdom Monastery

Become an oblate candidate

Interested in joining the oblate community at Holy Wisdom? Click the button below to get more information about the community or to be notified when our 2020-2021 cohort begins forming.

Meanwhile, we strongly encourage inquirers to attend an open oblate retreat as a first step in discerning whether the Holy Wisdom oblate community is a good fit for what you seek in your spiritual journey.

The next open retreat is September 20-22, 2019, Transformation of Consciousness led by Nancy Sylvester, IHM, founder of the Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue. Registration information coming soon.

Learn more about becoming
an oblate candidate

2019 Oblate gatherings:

  • March 22-24, 2019—Friendship led by Brad Lutz
  • May 3-5, 2019—Howard Thurman, African American Mystic and Prophet led by Joan Crawford & Promise Weekend
  • July 12-14, 2019—Oblate 20th Anniversary Retreat (not open to the public)
  • September 20-22, 2019—Contemplation—A Transformative Practice Needed at this Time led by Nancy Sylvester, IHM, founder of the Institute for Communal Contemplation and Dialogue
  • November 8-10, 2019—Oblate Contemplative Retreat (not open to the public)

“The Rule of Benedict has been a gift for me.  And the beautiful oblate community has brought me home to a group of kind, gentle, humorous people who also have the need I have to be filled and guided by the Spirit.  The structure of the Rule of Benedict and the experience of drawing and writing my own rule have been both building blocks and encouragement for creating the inner and outer life I intentionally live”

“What draws me to Holy Wisdom is the Rule itself and being a member in an observant, practicing community.  I desire to stand with and in witness to the values and tradition of the Benedictine Way of Life.”

“I especially appreciate Benedict’s statement in chapter 31 that ‘the cellarer will regard all utensils and goods of the monastery as sacred vessels of the altar, aware that nothing is to be neglected.’  Circumstances may make me feel ‘housebound’ and Benedict reminds me that the household tasks that irritate me are valuable!!”