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What are oblates?  What do they do?


Oblates are any interested lay or cleric, single or married, male or female adult who wishes to follow certain religious views, or in our case the Rule of St. Benedict, as their state in life permits.    

If you are considering joining an oblate group, there are two affiliated with our monastery.  The Newark group meets monthly at 10am on the first Saturday of the month from September through May at the monastery in Newark, DE.  The Ridgely group meets at St. Benedict's Parish Hall, usually on the second Saturday of the month, in Ridgely, MD.  You'll be welcomed and can meet our current oblates, novices, and inquirers. 

You can reach out to a Co-Director, Sr. MaryLou, O.S.B. at 302-416-0459, email or Kathy Penniston-Smith, Obl. O.S.B. at 316-640-1656, email

You may also contact Cyndy Ingram, Obl. O.S.B. (Ridgely Dean) at 410-924-0993, email or Catherine Maguire, Obl. O.S.B. (Newark Dean) at 302-345-0554, email

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