The 2021 congress will be themed, “Moving Forward: Living the Wisdom of the Rule.”

An international group of 25 Benedictine Oblates spent the week of 3-9 November at the Abbey of Sant’Anselmo in order to prepare and plan for the fifth International Oblate Congress, which will take place 6-12 November 2021 in Rome. All 25 Oblates who came to Rome attended the 2017 international congress and volunteered to help plan the 2021 congress over the next four years.

It will be a moment for Oblates to share their experiences and “explore practical ways in which one can live out the Oblate calling in the 21st century.” The congress will include a general audience with the Pope, a visit to Monte Cassino, various workshops, and an address from the Most Reverend Abbot Primate Gregory J. Polan OSB.

Benedictine Oblates are single or married individuals, Catholic or non-Catholic, who have made a formal commitment to integrate the Rule of St. Benedict into their daily lives, doing so through association with a particular monastic community. As the number of Benedictine monks worldwide declines, the number of Oblates is steadily growing, with over 25,000 Oblates worldwide in 2008, according to the latest available data from International Benedictine Oblates