Regular meetings of the oblates of the two Anglican Benedictine Communities in Australia are held at St George’s. We try and meet once a month to provide a support for those who are called to follow the Benedictine way whilst living in the world.
Our next meeting will be Satuday 12 June at 11 am at St George’s Goodwood.
We have now worked out the dates of our meetings for the first half of the year. They are:
Saturday, 11 September
Saturday, 9 October
13 November, Feast of Benedictine Saints. This may be the date of our conference.
This is a good little clip about oblates from PBS in the USA.
St Benedict’s Day
We will keep this the Saturday near the feast of St Benedict on 11 July.
St Benedict is considered by many to be the founding father of religious orders in the Western Church. The Rule that he wrote for his community of monks in the 5th century is still relevant in today’s world for monastics and lay people alike.
Throughout the year St George’s offers hospitality to a group of oblates – lay people associated with a religious order – for whom the Rule of St Benedict provides a guide for daily living in ordinary life.Each year we invite members of religious orders, together with oblates and associates, to join us for a Mass in honour of St Benedict. This is followed by a shared lunch in the Parish Hall.
In 2017 we had Archdeacon Michael Whting preach for us and the renewal of oblation vows. In 2018 the Archbishop was our guest preacher. In 2019 we had Fr David McDougall.