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 in March 10th 2016, the next one will be November 10th.
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.
Oblate Days 2016
We hold 2 days a year for our oblates. The most recent one was in November 2016. Sr Mary Stella gave a talk on an Icon of Our Lady and the Papal Document on the family. In the afternoon, Sr. Josephine Mary gave a talk on her recent visit to one of our foundation in Asia. On the day several oblates renewed their vows, Lois, Mary and Nicola. Pat Kerr made her life comitment. Here are some pictures of the day taken by Mary Tierney, one of our oblates.
The theme of the day in March was "Mercy". Sr. Mary Stella gave a presentation on the Icon of Mercy she had written. In the afternoon Sr. Maria gave a talk on Mercy from the writings of Pope Francis. During the day, 5 oblates made their first commitment for one year, Frances renewed for three years, and Mary Tierney and Maureen Ryan - Craig renewed for a further year. There are now nearly 30 oblates in various forms of formation. More welcome!
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.