Oblates of Saint Meinrad Archabbey bear witness to the
peace that the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Rule of St.
Benedict have brought into their lives.
"I think it is important to realize that
I'm a wife, a mother first, but there is a way to fit this into
your daily schedule."
Pamela Cooper's experience as an oblate, wife, and mother.
"The Rule to me was kind of common sense,
it's something that I really thought that I could
Maureen Reichardt sees the Rule of St. Benedict as an
expression of common sense.
"We went into the church and did the noonday prayers and it
really sparked an interest. All of it gave me that energy that I
was looking for."
Ron DeMarco is energized by prayer.
"And then also being able to be a support to people
there who are having issues and need our help."
Jim Albright sees Saint Meinrad Oblates as a supportive
"Although I'm disciplined in most areas of my life,
my spiritual area wasn't exactly disciplined. "
Steve Borchert values the spiritual balance the discipline of
the Benedictine life has given him.
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"Well the greatest thing you can do for somebody
else, I think is to pray for them."
Oblate Steve Borchert and the blessing of prayer.
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"...monks at Saint Meinrad Archabbey and other
oblates, has deepened my spiritual
Steve Borchert describes how being an oblate has helped him to
critically review his spiritual life.
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can talk to anyone, almost any time. And everybody has an open
John Lehner is thankful as an oblate for his relationship with
the monks of Saint Meinrad.
"Everyone here is very caring and they are very
Jeanetta Stickford expresses the peace of Saint Meinrad.
"That's the first thing that I do. I
Carole Mattingly describes how being an oblate has changed her
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"If I'm tense and tired, it's relaxing and the
grounds are beautiful and of course the church is
Carole Mattingly finds the beauty of Saint Meinrad brings
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"...I guess to take more time and be in less
hurried manner in my reading and more reflecting
Methodist Pastor Carol Wiley finds the Benedictine way valuable
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"The community has helped me to be more accepting
of myself, just as I am, and just as I am at this
Carol Wiley finds being an oblate helpful on her journey of
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"But I'm very blessed and very thankful that I am
of the community of Saint Meinrad."
Carol Wiley expresses her gratitude for being a member of the
oblate community of Saint Meinrad.
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