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Learn about Benedictine Oblates: in Hastings, Lincoln, Steinauer

LINCOLN (SNR) – Orientation meetings for those interested in the Benedictine Oblates will be held in Nebraska communities in August.

Benedictine Oblates are men and women of all Christian denominations who are interested in enriching the Christian way of life. Benedictine Oblates live in today’s society to bring the world to God by being a witness to Christ by word and example to those around them.

The Hastings Chapter of the Benedictine Oblates will hold an orientation meeting Saturday, Aug. 17 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in St. Cecilia’s health ministry building, 415 N. Kansas Ave. For additional information contact dean Juliene Bryan at 402-984- 4674 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In Lincoln, orientation will be held at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, 5401 South St., at 7 p.m., Sunday, August 25 in Sheridan Rooms A and B. For additional information, call senior dean Carol Olson at 402-486-0864, Carol Barry at 402-488-8221, or visit www.nebraskabenedictineoblates.org.

The Steinauer Chapter of the Benedictine Oblates will meet Monday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. in the banquet room at the Convent House, 311 N. Hickory St., across from St. Anthony Church.  For additional information contact dean Marcia Borcher at 402-869-2342 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A Benedictine Oblate will spend time studying the Rule of St. Benedict and pledge oneself to a life of deeper prayer through Lectio Divina, the Liturgy of the Hours in the monastic tradition, and the study of spirituality.

There is no cost to become a Benedictine Oblate other than the cost for occasional books. Benedictine Oblates generally commit to at least one meeting per month.

The three chapters of the Benedictine Oblates are affiliated with Sacred Heart Monastery in Yankton, S.D. 

Lincoln Oblate deans are Carol Barry, Steve Blum, Carol Olson, Jim Rea, and Mary Schroer. Additional information is on the group’s Facebook page “Nebraska Oblates.” Sister Phyllis Hunhoff of Sacred Heart Monastery is the associate director of the Nebraska Benedictine Oblates.

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