2020-21 CALENDAR OF OBLATE EVENTS
Our Lady of Grace Monastery, Beech Grove, Indiana
Please note intended participants for each event.
Changes from what is posted here will be announced as necessary through email or in future newsletters.
In person attendees for all events must be fully vaccinated for Covid for at least 14 days.
Unless otherwise noted all events will be offered for both in-person and virtual attendance. In-person events will be hosted at Benedict Inn rather than the monastery until further notice.
Summer Feast Days:
July 11, Solemnity of St. Benedict
July 13, Feast of St. Henry, Patron of Oblates
July 16, Feast of Our Lady of Grace
July 24, 2021 for Oblate Council
1:15 p.m. Oblate council meeting
August 28, 2021 for Oblates, spouses or significant other
2:00-6:00 p.m. Picnic at home of Brian and Linda Gilmartin
September 10-12, 2021 RETREAT for Oblates, Candidates and Inquirers
Friday evening will be time for fun and festivity to celebrate being community. On Saturday Sr. Karen Joseph, OSB of Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, IN will lead us in reflecting on Vibrantly Living Benedictine Values Day by Day. Sunday will be quiet time for reflection, liturgy and lunch until the Open Meeting that begins with a social at 2:30. Registration required. Schedule and registration form will be sent via email or postal to all oblates, candidates and inquirers, and will be posted on the oblate web page.
September 12, 2021 for Oblates, Candidates, Inquirers and Visitors
3:00 Formal Meeting with recognition of oblation jubilees—30, 25, 15, 10 and 5 years; Ritual of Welcome for new candidates seeking oblation; Lectio on Rule of Benedict, Chapter 1.
September 14, 2021 for Oblates, Candidates, Inquirers
7:00 p.m. virtual only session of group lectio on Rule of Benedict Chapter 1.
October 10, 2021 for Oblates and Candidates Only
3:00 Meeting--Small Group Discussion for Oblates of book, The Way of St Benedict by Rowan Williams, Chapters 2 and 3; Candidate Session #1 with Sr. Antoinette
October 11-16, 2021 for Oblates and Inquirers ready for Candidacy
Alternate Formation for those unable to attend Sunday meetings. Sunday and Monday are optional arrival days; Saturday is departure day. Oblation and Renewal of Oblation at Evening Prayer on Tuesday, October 12. Oblates who attend on Sundays are welcome to attend any part of the week to build community with those attending the Intensive. Registration form and schedule will be mailed to all oblates, candidates and inquirers and will be available on the oblate web page. Registration is required and due by September 30.
November 14, 2021 for Oblates, Candidates, Inquirers and Friends
1:15 Oblate Council Meeting for council members
3:00 Formal Meeting with Lectio on Rule of Benedict, Chapter 4:1-19
4:30 Evening Prayer (if covid restrictions allow)
November 16, Feast of St. Gertrude the Great, patron of the Federation of which Our Lady of Grace Monastery is a member.
November 16, 2021 for Oblates, Candidates, Inquirers
7:00 p.m. virtual only session of group lectio on Rule of Benedict Chapter 4:1-19
December 12, 2021 for Candidates Only
3:00 Candidate Session #2 with Sr. Antoinette
To participate in virtual meetings you must notify Sr. Antoinette at least two days in advance to get the link needed to participate. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-787-3287 ext. 3022.