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How To Become An Oblate

How to Become an Oblate

Oblates are always connected to a Benedictine monastery, because relationships and community are integral to Benedictine spirituality. Sacred Heart Monastery has several Oblate Chapters so that Oblates can gather for prayer, learning, and supportive community. Sacred Heart Monastery welcomes men and women, Christians of all faiths to associate with us an an Oblate.

Comparable to the formation of a monk, an Oblate may come to Oblate meetings, talk to the Oblate director, and study to discern if this is where God is leading him or her for spiritual growth. When ready, the person discusses this with the Oblate director, and enters into a formal period of formation, which usually lasts a year. At that point, if the person and the director feel that they are ready, the person profess their oblation in a formal ceremony.

Watch our Oblation Ceremony held in Bishop Marty Chapel, April 27, 2014


New Oblate orientations are held annually on the third February for the Yankton and Sioux Falls Chapters. The Nebraska chapters hold orientation in the late summer.

Next opportunity is February 19th at 1:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Monastery.

If you are interested in becoming an oblate, contact the Oblate Director (listed below).

For more information on the locations and activities of each chapter, please visit Where do I join?

Informational Brochure about becoming an oblate.

For more information contact:
S. Patricia Heirigs, Oblate Director
Sacred Heart Monastery
1005 West 8th Street
Yankton, SD 57078


Benedictine Sisters
Sacred Heart Monastery
1005 W. 8th St.
Yankton, SD 57078

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