Prayer, Reflection and
October 26th through the 29th, the Oblates
of St, Benedict Monastery converged on St.
Mary’s Retreat House in Oxford for their
annual weekend retreat. This year’s
retreat topic was the “Beatitudes” and was
preached by Br. Mark Orcutt, O.S.B.
The Oblates were
offered a “different and fresh”
perspectives on many of the Beatitudes
through the talks and the lively
discussions which followed them. The
Liturgy of the Hours were recited in
common and Fr. Gregory-David Jones, O.S.B.
joined us to preside at Mass on Saturday
morning and for Adoration of the Blessed
Sacrament in the afternoon and offered the
retreatants the opportunity for the
Sacrament of Reconciliation. Besides
the Spiritual food provided by the
retreat, the Staff of St. Mary’s provide
delicious bodily nourishment along with a
social on Saturday night where the Oblates
had a chance to know each other better and
strengthen their bond as a
community. The retreat ended with
Mass at St. Benedict Monastery Sunday
Our Oblates came
away refreshed in spirit, mind, body and
thankful for the chance to spend this
weekend in prayer and reflection with the
Lord and their Oblate Community.
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