In the News
When Patricia Turner, a reporter from the Star Ledger, visited an oblate meeting at the monastery, she observed that the oblates "speak without hesitation or affectation about seeing God's hand guiding them in their lives."@ Her article appeared in the Star Ledger on October 31 with the heading: "Serenity without solemnity" and the subtitle: "Oblates find joy in religious life".
In the article comments from two oblates indicate the source of their joy and serenity. Karen Tylutki says "For the first time in a long while I was accepted for who I was." and adds that being an oblate means having a community she can share with and depend on. She describes the Rule of Benedict as affirming the contemplative spirit. It promotes silence, reading Psalms and Scripture. "It's enhanced the way I pray and my openness to the spirit of God." She explains that although Benedict wrote for monks about 480 AD, his instructions about such values as discipline, moderation or the attitude toward work can be applied to modern lives.
Dorothy Brigando was attracted to the simplicity of the Rule of Benedict. While working in the monastery infirmary, she was impressed by "the harmony and peace they had living a normal life. It reminded me of what was important." In following the Rule and seeking God she discovers what is important and finds it freeing.