What is an Oblate?
Oblates, sometimes known as lay associates, are lay people who have a special link with us and wish to deepen their spiritual connection. Each associate discerns with one of the sisters the way God is calling them to live out their association and there will be regular retreat days during the year. We welcome oblates from all the different Christian traditions. At Hyning our group includes an Anglican vicar, a Methodist lay worker and married and single Catholics.
If you are interested in becoming an oblate or finding more about why people feel called to be an Oblate or lay associate, especially a Bernardine oblate, read more about why people have joined the wider Cistercian family below. If you are interested in more details, contact Sr. Josephine Mary at Hyning for further information. The last oblate day at Hyning was on March 15th 2017, the next one will be in October/November. More details to follow.
Click below to see a video from one of our oblates, Maureen Ryan Craig, an oblate in formation, describing how she sees her vocation as a Bernardine Cistercian oblate. Maureen made her first commitment in March 2015 and renewed it for three years in March 2017.
Oblate Days 2018 Jan 27th
From Benedict to Bernardine - Here is an outline of the programme for the day.
8:30 a.m. Mass
10:00 a.m. Coffee available
10:30 – 11:50 a.m. Benedict and the monastic movement in the early Middle Ages
12:05 p.m. Midday office followed by Lunch Mary W. renews her promises for 3 years
1:45 p.m. The Cistercians and reform movement of the Middle Ages
(Break in the middle sometime)
3:30 p.m. (approx.) - The Bernardines….
3:35 p.m. (approx.) Tea with the community
4:45 p.m. Vespers (optional!)
Why I chose the 'Oblate journey'
For some useful links that might be of interest in regard to becoming an Oblate/Lay Associate, please see our links page.