Oblates of St. Benedict

Oblate (from Latin oblatus, "one offered up"), in Roman Catholicism is a lay person connected with a religious order or institution and living according to its regulations.

The Oblates of Saint Mary Magdalene Parish are associated with the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration Abbey in Tucson.

Oblates of St. Benedict are Christian individuals and families who have associated themselves with a Benedictine community in order to enrich their Christian way of life. Oblates shape their lives by living the wisdom of Christ as interpreted by St. Benedict. Oblates seek God by striving to become holy in their chosen way of life. By integrating their prayer and work, they manifest Christ's presence in society. Saint Paul tells us that each member of the body of Christ, the Church, has a special function to perform. The role of Oblates is to live in the world, to become holy in the world, to do what they can to bring the world to God by being witnesses of Christ by word and example to those around them.

Oblates concern themselves with striving to be what they are, people of God and temples of the Holy Spirit. An Oblates prayer life will flow from this awareness, as will our willingness to offer ourselves (that is the meaning of the word oblate) for the service of God and neighbor to the best of our ability. Oblates do not take on a new set of religious practices and are not required to say a certain number of prayers or engage in special devotions although, Praying the Liturgy of the hours is encouraged as an important form of prayer.

We would like to welcome all parishioners who seek to deepen their spiritual life to join us.