Oblates of St. Benedict at St. Patrick’s

Welcome from Fr. Jerome

(Please e-mail obsbenedict@gmail.com so as to get a sense of all who are being called)

Back in the year 1981, St. John Paul II wrote an Apostolic Exhortation entitled “The Role of the Family in Modern Society.” Even back then, he recognized that the times of our so-called ‘modern society’ are just as turbulent as the days following when the great Roman Empire fell and European civilization found itself scrambling to find a foothold of Law and Order.

Benedict (480-547) lived in Italy back during the sixth century. As a young man, he left his native town of Nursia, Umbria in the hope of cultivating an education in Rome. He soon found himself disillusioned with the world of men living in accordance with seeking to satiate the desires of our fallen nature. He left Rome and sought solitude in a cave in Subiaco, some 30 miles east of Rome. There he remained for three years – living in a cave carved out within a cliff – undergoing a deep religious experience. “You have tried my heart; you have visited me in the night. You have tested me and found no evil; I have resolved not to sin with my mouth.” (Psalm 17:3) Having been purified by the Spirit as gold is tested by fire, Benedict was sought by groups of people who asked him to become their Abbot, their Spiritual Father. Thus began the journey that culminated in the writing of ‘The Rule of Benedict’. A spiritual way of life that proved to be the means through which European Civilization discovered solid ground underneath their feet and for 1400 years, Benedict’s Rule of Life served as the foundation upon which civilization experienced stability.

In this, the year 2019 of our Lord, society and culture – on a global level – finds itself poised on the edge of a potential collapse from within and from without that would make the fall of the Great Roman Empire look like but a cloud of dust in the distance… The time has come to form families and individuals with the everlasting principles that St. Benedict was inspired with the Holy Spirit to compose for men and women who “desire the love Christ above all else.” (RB 4:21)  In the words of Benedict: “we must run and do now what will profit us for eternity. Therefore, we intend to establish a school of the Lord’s service.” (Prologue of the Holy Rule, V.44-45) 

If you are:

  • A ‘blue blood’ Roman Catholic, (meaning you eat the flesh and blood of Jesus Christ every Sunday by means of participating at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass) John 6:52-56
  • Someone who has established and is living out Faith in Jesus Christ as the Way, the Truth and the Life by means of a soul nourishing daily prayer life.
  • Seeking to find that solid ground underneath your feet amidst the shifting times and values of our day and age.
  • Desiring to discover the presence of God within yourself for yourself. 

Then chances are you might be called to examine and ponder what it means to become an Oblate of St. Benedict. Should you meet the aforementioned criteria and find yourself curious about applying ‘The Rule of Benedict’ to your way of life, then join us at St. Patrick’s every 3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m.

Here’s a great message from Abbot Jeremy that comes to us from Mount Angel Abbey in Oregon.

Here’s a little bit of history that has brought us to this point in time: from the year 2000 – 2005, I found myself at the hilltop of Mount Angel’s Monastery in Oregon studying philosophy for the priesthood. All the while, I was spiritually shaped and formed by the Benedictine Spirituality of the Monks of Mount Angel. In 2012, I became an Oblate of St. Benedict and ever since then, the Lord has had growing in my heart a strong desire to share the incredible wealth of the monastic spirituality with Catholic Faith filled Christians in order to lead many into discovering how we can cultivate  a ‘Monastery of the Heart’ within today’s world.

Please know that I will be sharing all prayers, teachings, and direction at our monthly Benedictine Oblate Gatherings at St. Patrick’s.

In Christ through the hands of Our Lady, 

Fr. Jerome Benedict Lavigne (when one becomes an Oblate, a new name is taken from the Benedictine Tradition of Saints throughout the ages)

 


Westminster Abbey Oblates (Mission, BC – the Daughter House of Mount Angel)


“Our hearts, therefore, and our bodies must be made ready to fight under the holy obedience of His commands; and let us ask God to supply by the help of His grace what by nature is not possible to us. … we must hasten to do now what will profit us for all eternity.” 

—Rule of St. Benedict, Prologue.