July 28, 2015
From July 10th through the 15th the North American
Association of Benedictine Oblate Directors (NAABOD)
met at Subiaco Abbey in the warm, sunny town of
Subiaco Arkansas. The gathering takes place
every two years and is hosted by one of the member
communities. This year’s event drew a total of
70 Benedictine oblate directors and their oblates
from monasteries around North America.
Our own St. Benedict’s Monastery was represented by
Fr. John Martin Shimkus who was accompanied by
oblates Brian and Mary Beth Balaze.
This conference was themed
“Nurturing Benedictine Spirituality: From Theory to
Practice” and featured keynote speeches from former
Abbot Jerome Jerome Kodell of Subiaco Abbey, Sr.
Macrina Wiederkehr of St. Scholastica Monastery,
Fort Smith, Arkansas and Sr. Karen Joseph of the
Monastery of the Immaculate Conception, Ferdinand,
Indiana and Rev. Jane Tomaine, Priest
Associate at Calvary Episcopal Church in Summit, New
Jersey. The presentations were filled with
practical ways to bring the heart of Benedictine
life and spirituality into one’s daily life, as
oblates living in the world or as monks and sisters
living in community.
Among the most appreciated
aspects of NAABOD gathering was the opportunity to
experience the kind of hospitality that Benedictines
are known for. Meals together, trips to nearby
Mount Magazine, St. Scholastica Monastery and Post
Winery, along with the daily rhythm of liturgical
prayer offered the participants a time of
grace-filled renewal that better prepared them to
help strengthen the spiritual life of their own
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