One may begin the process of becoming an Oblate by contacting the Oblate director, who will send you further information about Oblates.
The process begins with enrollment. The candidate receives a copy of The Holy Rule and a Benedictine medal.
As a candidate, one explores, with the guidance of the Oblate Director, the Rule and Benedictine spirituality and how it applies to one’s life.
After approximately a year of instruction and getting acquainted with the Mother of God Monastery community, one may then make his/her Oblation, whereby one enters into a special relationship with the community. The Document of Oblation is placed in the monastery archives; the Oblate receives a Certificate of Oblation.
There are no yearly dues, nor any penalties for withdrawing, should the Oblate decide to discontinue his/her association as an Oblate or decide to transfer to another monastery.