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March 26, 2024

New Oblate Novice

     Sunday, March 17, 2024 was a busy day around the Monastery.  Not only was it the 5th Sunday in Lent and St. Patrick Day it was also the day our Benedictine oblates held their annual Lenten Afternoon Reflection, Adoration and Potluck.

     The monks joined twenty oblates in our chapel and another six via Zoom for Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.  During adoration, Fr. Louis-Marie Navaratne gave a brief meditation on “The Son and the Spirit in the Benedictine Life” followed by silent prayer and concluded with the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.  Afterward the Holy Hour, the oblates then joined the monks for Vespers. 
     During Liturgy of the Hours, Ken Young was invested as an oblate novice to begin his oblate Novitiate – a year of studying the Rule of St. Benedict and the Benedictine way of life.  Br. Mark Orcutt, our Oblate Director, addressed Ken asking him if he wished to take this next step on his road to becoming an oblate.  When Ken affirmed this was his desire, Br, Mark presented him with the Cross containing the St. Benedict Medal and a copy of the Rule of St. Benedict which he will study and incorporate into his life as a layperson.  After Vespers the monks and the oblates went to our Retreat House for a St. Patrick’s Day potluck dinner.

We congratulate Ken on taking this further step on the road to becoming an Oblate and will walk with him in prayer as he progresses.

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