[Monastics] have organized their lives with an utterly clear priority. In their conversion they turn from themselves to their brethren in the community, to Christ in prayer and to God in Christ. This is the clear Benedictine tradition and when it is fully alive in the hearts of men and women, it has the power to convert, to turn to Christ, all who come under its influence.John Main OSB, Letters from the Heart
Stages on the Oblate path
1 Postulancy: During this period, which lasts at least six months, you’ll be paired with a mentor. You’ll meet with or talk with your mentor every six to eight weeks as you and your mentor mutually discern your readiness for the next stage of the Oblate path.
2 Novitiate: During this period, which lasts at least a year, you’ll become familiar with the ancient monastic practice of lectio divina, the Rule of Benedict and the precepts of stability, obedience, and conversatio morum, as well as using the Breviary to say some part of the Divine Office. You’ll continue to speak with your mentor every six to eight weeks, in an experience of deepening spiritual friendship, and to discern your readiness for Final Oblation.
3Final Oblation: As part of your permanent commitment to the community, you’ll discern how you can be of service to the community, especially to pass on the work of Christian Meditation. If you don’t already have a Christian Meditation group in your area, this would be a good time to start one. You’ll also continue to explore expressions of community with other Oblates as you are able, whether with a local cell, regional or national gatherings, or virtually.
The Role of a Mentor
Each newcomer to the Oblate path is paired with an experienced Oblate called a mentor, to assist in the process of discernment that is central to our character. This can foster a mutual spiritual friendship, as well as the greater dissemination of wisdom in our community.