Become an Oblate: Mount Marty Chapter

Sacred Heart Monastery
2 min readDec 16, 2021

An Oblate is someone in any walk of life who wants to live her/his life guided by the wisdom of the Gospel (Christ’s teaching in the Scriptures) as given to us by St. Benedict in his Rule.

The Mount Marty Chapter has forty-five members, including students enrolled at the university, faculty, and staff. Currently, the Mount Marty University Chapter meets in three groups, once a month on Wednesdays @ 4:00 pm; once a month on Fridays @ 3:00 pm; and once a month on Sundays @ 3:00 pm for an hour — to accommodate a variety of schedules. The Sunday group is hybrid to accommodate those who need to join via Zoom; some attend in person if they live close enough. For the content of our meetings, we use commentaries of the Rule of Benedict and other resources to help us understand different aspects of the Rule.

The expectations of the Oblates include attendance at Liturgy of the Hours (Evening Prayer, which we pray each afternoon @ 3:15 pm in the Oratory), as much as possible, personal prayer, reading and reflecting on Scripture, and willing service.

The Oblation ceremonies take place in April at the monastery, or at a later date for those who cannot make the original ceremony time.

Another feature of the Oblates is to be alert to the Benedictine values found in interactions with others and experiences in our daily living. Oblates strive to seek and keep an awareness of God in our day-to-day lives so that in all things God may be glorified.

“Seek God in everyone and everything every day of our lives” — Sue Frieberger, OSB

S. Rosemarie Maly,
Oblate Director
605–668–1547 | 605–760–5738



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