Fr. Richard Yale has given much consideration to a potential calling to connect with a monastic order as an oblate, an affiliate of a religious community living in the world. Below is an excerpt of his recent blog post available on the Rector’s Corner of the website. Click here to read the full post.

This past Lent I decided to apply to be an oblate of New Camaldoli, a house of the Congregation of the Camaldolese Benedictines in Big Sur. I have been accepted as a postulant, and anticipate being made an oblate around Ash Wednesday.

Being a postulant means I am in a period of discernment as to whether or not I am called to be an oblate. As a part of this process I thought it might be a good idea to use this blog as a means of sharing with you what being an oblate entails, what the Benedictine way of life is about, and the particular vision of the Camaldolese Benedictines.