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Chiara Offreduccio (St. Clare) was born in 1194. It is said that when her mother had Chiara in her womb, an angel appeared to her and said, "your child will be a light that will illuminate the world!" Hence, her mother named the child Chiara, which means "light. As G.K. Chesterton put it, St. Clare was a romantic figure just like Juliet was. However, instead of running away from her family in order to be with an earthly man, Clare gave up everything and ran away from her family for the love of her Savior!

Monday, January 30, 2006

Benedictine Blessings: Oblates of Mary, Queen of Apostles, PA

Even though the Oblates of Mary, Queen of Apostles in Pennsylvannia are not officially a part of Holy Mother Clare's Order, I know that the Seraphic Mother is very proud of this beautiful little community! It actually look me alot of "blog-hopping" to come across their website, but I am so glad that I sacrificed the time!

Somebody correct me if I am wrong, but although they follow the Rule of St. Benedict, the Oblates of Mary are not "officially" part of any Benedictine Congregation. If I am not mistaken, a Benedictine priest told me back in the Fall that they are in the process of appealing to be official members of the Order of St. Benedict.

Their website is very well maintained. It includes a lovely letter from their Prioress, and very lucid descriptions of each of the aspects of cloistered life.

It's very interesting to note that the lifestyle of these sisters mirrors the Poor Clare way of life very closely in terms of its strictness. For instance, they only eat one meal a day and have a fragmented sleep schedule because of Matins. Also, this community- as witnessed by its namesake- appears to have an especial devotion to Our Lady:

"It is our ideal to imitate Our Lady's retirement from the world in quiet seclusion, as well as her apostolic charity. Consecrated entirely to her and filled with her spirit, which is none other than the Holy Spirit of God, we aspire to be, to the successors of the Apostles in our times, what she was to them in the beginning: behind-the-scenes encouragement, assistance and support."

Also, by looking at the picture, the Oblates of Mary appears to be a very young community of nuns. For anyone who is interested in this beautiful community, here is the vocations page!


Blogger Monk4ConceptionAbbey said...

Thank you for posting this about my dear friends. I am joning the Benedictine Monastery at Conception Abbey, and I have gotten to know the Benedictine Sisters of Mary Queen of Apostles very, very, very, very, VERY well. They make their public vows on May 19 than they will become full pledged Benedictines.

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Blogger Monk4ConceptionAbbey said...

I am happy to say that the Oblates of Mary Queen of Apostles are now Benedictines. There profession was yesterday (May 19)

5:11 PM  

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