An oblate is a Christian who seeks God through a formal relationship with a particular monastic community. Oblates are men or women, lay or ordained, married or single, who seek to integrate the spirit of Saint Benedict in their daily lives. Fundamentally, oblates are dedicated to seeking God, preferring nothing whatsoever to Christ. They do this by associating with a particular monastery where they receive support to live according to the spirit of Saint Benedict as revealed by his Rule.
Because relationships are at the heart of Benedictine life, oblates are welcome to visit the monastery at any time to join the monks in prayer, meals, study, and retreats.