Saint Meinrad Archabbey

A catholic monastery devoted to the teachings of St. Benedict

Oblate Council

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Here are the members of the Saint Meinrad Archabbey Oblate Council, which counsels the oblate director regarding the needs and the future of the oblate community. This planning body reviews and recommends changes to meet the realities of current situations and available funds. Click here for an overview of duties and responsibilites of the Oblate Council.
 

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   Fr. Meinrad Brune, OSB   
 
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  Michelle Blalock 
 
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   Gail Chambers   
 
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         Ron DeMarco       
 
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          Janis Dopp          
 
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Al Kovacs
   
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Jennie Latta
 
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Pat Phillips
 
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Mike Reffett

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Dennis Skelton

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Chris Topa
  
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Rev. Dr. Bill Wilson
  

Oblate Council: Purpose and Membership 

The Oblate Council is made up of oblates, appointed by the oblate director and approved by the archabbot. It is responsible for articulating, developing and undertaking the work committed to it by the oblate director, and for counseling the director regarding the needs and the future of the oblate community. This planning body also reviews and recommends changes to meet the realities of current situations, both administrative and financial.

The council is a consultative body that helps the director establish policy through a collaborative and collegial approach, always using the Rule of St. Benedict as a guide. It seeks to support and counsel the oblate director rather than to dictate new directions. And, it prayerfully attends to the ongoing growth of the oblate community. 

Serving oblates across the United States, our oblate community seeks to meet the organizational demands of far-flung chapters, all with their own gifts and talents. It is a matter of using good stewardship of the gifts of time, talent, and treasure that we have been offered through the Oblate Community of Saint Meinrad Archabbey.

The development of leadership is a necessary part of communal growth. As any group increases in size, there is a corollary increase in complexity and a need to consider innovative and inspiring ideas. The primary guidelines for such action, however, must always be tempered by adhering to Benedict's insistence on stability, fidelity and obedience.

Leadership is never about power. It is, instead, an opportunity to practice humility and active listening. When practiced in this spirit, it becomes an avenue of real service to the community. Council members are requested to serve on the basis of apparent leadership capabilities, but they must constantly attend to their prayer life and the pursuit of holiness in order to serve well.

The council consists of not less than five nor more than nine persons who serve in renewable three-year terms. They meet three times a year at Saint Meinrad Archabbey, provided there are items for discussion.