Oblates are men and women who, through association with a specific monastic community, place their lives at the service of God whilst remaining at home in the world, fulfilling their obligations to their families and in their working lives. At the same time, they have a particular vocation to be people where God is present in the world. 

Each Benedictine community has a life of its own, devoted first and foremost to the praise of God. It is the function of the secular oblate to carry this message to the wider world outside the monastery. It is a real vocation, within a monastic family, giving witness to the merciful love of God in our day. 

There has been an explosion in recent years of men and women seeking to become oblates of Benedictine monasteries throughout the world. Today, there are roughly double the number of Benedictine oblates in the world compared with the number of monks and nuns. 

Oblate Meetings at Downside Abbey

The summaries of the Oblates meetings, held in the Visitor Centre, of Downside Abbey, can be viewed below:

Oblate Meeting July 2023 Summary New! 

Oblate Meeting May 2023 Summary 

Oblate Meeting March 2023 Summary

Oblate Meeting January 2023 Summary

Oblate Meeting November 2022 Summary

Oblate Meeting Report 2022

Other news from the Oblate Community of St Gregory the Great

News on the Buckfast Abbey retreat

September 2022

March 2022

September 2019


Get in touch

The Oblates of Downside Abbey are a vibrant part of our monastic family. To learn more, contact monks@stgregorys.org