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If you wish to learn more about becoming an oblate, contact:
Joanne Cahill OSB Obl and Annette Marshall, OSB, Oblate Co-Directors
T: 814-899-0614 ext 2402
F: 814-898-4004
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A team of oblates celebrated the Feast of St. Benedict on July 11 by serving guests at Emmaus Soup kitchen. “We are so grateful to this team of oblates who regularly bring their monastic presence to our guests,” observed Sister Val Luckey, Director of Emmaus Ministries.

The newly formed Oblate Leadership Committee (OLT) held its first meeting at the monastery this week. Oblate Co-Directors Sister Annette Marshall and Oblate Joanne Cahill saw the need to broaden leadership perspectives by engaging members of the oblate community who would share their wisdom and help shape the program. The OLT will work with the co-directors to determine priorities and to provide direction for programs that support the oblate community’s continued growth and development. “We are pleased that six talented individuals responded generously to this call to leadership within the community,” said Joanne.

The 2024 Women's History Month Art Show "Beauty Beholds..." is now open at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery. Visit the Chapter 57 Gallery and view this year's entries. The show runs until March 31 and includes works in various media by Benedictine sisters, oblates, co-workers, and friends.

Oblates gathered at Glinodo Center on Friday of Community Weekend to consider their vocation—a way of life that brings a Benedictine presence to the many places, organizations, and people they encounter each day—and to examine the ways in which they support the fundamentals of Benedictine life: prayer, community and ministry.

Oblate Jubilarians present for the Commitment Ceremony and the number of years as an oblate: (seated) Marg Wehrer, 30, Terrie Doboze, 22, Ruth Wehrer, 42, Donna Bessken, 34, Sheila McLaughlin, 27, Barb Roseborough, 43, Carol Posch Comstock, 25. Standing: Marcie Bircher, 30, Deni Howley, 43, Eileen Zinchiak, 37, Pat Rettger, 25, Sister Stephanie Schmidt, prioress, Jackie Burns, 25, oblate co-directors Sister Annette Marshall and Oblate Joanne Cahill.

The works of eight oblates were featured in an art show during Community Weekend. Varied media, from recycled tea bags to oil and acrylics, woodworking, fabric art, watercolor, and gilding— were beautifully displayed in the Chapter 57 Gallery at the monastery. Oblate Jo Clarke and Sister Margaret Ann Pilewski curated the show. Artists included, left to right, Oblate Jo Clarke, Initiate Gina DeMauro, Oblate Jackie Burns, and Oblate Rose Anne Jesenovec.