Oblates of The Monastery of the Risen Christ remain affiliated with the monastery until such a time when the transition to the Camoldiese oblates becomes available. They will continue with their own program until that time. For further information contact Fr. Stephen Oblate Director, 805-544-1810.
The Christian monastic tradition can be traced back at least to the 3rd century, and there have been Oblates connected with monastic communities, in various ways, practically from the beginning. Camaldolese Benedictine Oblates continue in this great tradition. Our Oblates are lay persons or members of other orders or diocesan clergy (or even bishops) who seek to live a life in harmony with God through the Camaldolese Oblate Rule, striving to incorporate its values and spirituality into their lives.
Over 600 men and women from all over the world have become Camaldolese Oblates. When possible, they regularly return to the New Camaldoli Hermitage and/or to Incarnation Monastery for spiritual retreat, as well as attending, when possible, local Oblate retreats offered in various areas. Camaldolese Oblates are recognized as Benedictine Oblates by all Benedictine Abbeys and Monasteries around the world. For further information, including the full text of the Oblate Rule and the pages explaining the flexible manner we interpret it, see our Oblate website at www.camaldolese.com.
An 11th century Pope affirmed:
The Oblate’s profession deserves nothing but praise, and it is worthy to endure, being as it is a reproduction of the primitive state of the Church. We therefore approve of it and confirm it and style it a Holy and Catholic institution.