Following an ancient tradition of our Order, lay men and women, and priests, can be united to the monastery by the bond known as Oblation.
It is neither a vow nor a new consecration, rather a promise which is itself a kind of continuation of the promises of baptism. The oblate undertakes to seek actively the perfection of Christian life inspired by the Rule of Saint Benedict. Essentially, it is a spiritual affiliation with a particular monastic family which the oblate chooses in order to sustain him in his quest for daily conversion.
It is none other than the spirit of the monastic community which attempts to live according to the charisma Saint Benedict received from the Holy Spirit. Liturgical prayer is therefore highly important; it engenders the order, silence and peace which themselves help one seek God and His will. The oblate will try to live according to the spirit of the Rule of Saint Benedict in the world, putting into practice its central tenets such as obedience and humility.
To the extent to which he or she can, and in the manner best adapted, they will be united to the prayer of their monastery, thus participating in the principal function of the Church: the praise and adoration of God. Day after day, and in time, they transforms all their activities and occupations into spiritual offerings united to the Sacrifice of Christ our Redeemer.