From a photo essay by incoming oblate
novice Charles Woodhouse. See item 9.
1. Mar. 8. Dedication of new garden to Father Damian


2. Mar. 15 Benedictine Circle


3. Mar. 21 novice and oblate ceremonies & picnic  


4. Novice & Final oblation applications


5. No Oblate Sunday in April


6. May 3 Next Oblate Sunday 


7. The Saving Grace


8. Prayer Newsletter


9. Photo essay by Charles Woodhouse


10. Past broadcast emails


11. Know your abbey












Saint Scholastica
This wonderful sister of Saint Benedict knew the love of God and its power.  Here is her story from Chapter 33 of the Life of Benedict.

A brief definition of "Benedictine oblate" is here.




Are you expanding your Benedictine library? The Novice and Oblate Resources Page on the blog has many books fit for any proper library. 

Dear Oblates, Oblate Novices, and Friends of Saint Leo Abbey,
1. March 8. Dedication of the Father Damian Garden
During Mass a special ceremony will honor Father Damian,  O.S.B.

2. March 15 Benedictine Circle 

Please RSVP. More

Paul Cooke will lead the discussion.    
3. March 21 Oblate Ceremonies & Family Picnic

Please RSVP for March 21.


If you will attend the picnic, also, please sign up on Perfect Potluck to bring an item or help. Even if you sign up to bring an item or help, please remember to RSVP too. 




Here is more about the Saturday, March 21 novice and final oblation ceremonies:


10:00 am Mass


Mass should end about 11:00 am


Ceremonies for those becoming oblate novices, those making their final oblations, and those renewing their oblation promises.


1:00 pm oblate family picnic.


Helpful tips about the ceremony:


1. Wear a favorite medal or have with you some item to help you remember and mark the event.


2. It is OK to take pictures.


3. Typically those becoming novices will have their ceremony first.  Make sure you know which group you are in.


4. If you are making your final oblation, please bring a pen for writing your promise at the abbey church altar.


Other Suggestions:


March 21 is the solemnity of the passing of Saint Benedict.  It is a good time to read again the Life of Saint Benedict.


The reading from the Rule of Saint Benedict for March 21 is Chapter 42, On the Great Silence after Compline.


Seek God in stillness.


If you are planning on staying in a nearby hotel, you may email the oblate office for the name of three hotels.
4. Novice and Final Oblation Applications



Please submit applications by March 14. 

5. No Oblate Sunday in April

The first Sunday in April is Easter.  There will be no Oblate Sunday in April.


The Benedictine Circle will meet April 19.

6. May 3 Next Oblate Sunday

Please RSVP by the Sunday prior to the Oblate Sunday.

7. The Saving Grace

Find quality personal care items that are BOGO or with a good coupon. Help our dear monks. That's The Saving Grace.


And remember our Drive-Thru drop-off service Oblate Sunday is provided by Dan Spears -- drive up and say Hi!!


Dan is there from 9:30-45am.


Visit The Saving Grace

8. Prayer Ministry Newsletter
Please email your prayer requests to: 


To receive the Prayer Ministry Newsletter giving all the prayer requests you need to "opt-in" -- please reply to this email with the following information:


"Please add me to the Prayer Ministry Newsletter email list.


"My name is: _______"


9. Photo Essay by Charles Woodhouse
First of five articles by new novice Charles Woodhouse has been posted on the blog.
10. Past broadcast emails
Since December 1 past broadcast emails are posted in PDF versions HERE.

11. Know your Abbey 
The three panels near the end of this email contain links to:

Left: Rule of Saint Benedict

Center: iBreviary -- use your phone or tablet to pray with the monks at home or at the abbey (FREE).
Right: Saint Gertrude the Great-- one of the eight sunrise saints in the abbey church.

Abbot Isaac, O.S.B., Oblate Director 


Prior Stanislaw, O.S.B., Novice Director


Abbey Reception Office
(352) 588 8624


Gift Shop, Brother James, O.S.B.
(352) 588 2606 


Guest Master, Brother Jacob, O.S.B.
(352) 588 8184





And try Ken Conrad's wonderful Kindle version.

This is the one used by Saint Leo Abbey monks.  There is a paid version by another publisher, but it is not always exactly the same as the one used at Saint Leo Abbey. So this FREE one is the one to get.
The only female saint called the Great. More info. Her amazing book of prayers is part of the reasons she is honored as one of eight sunrise saints in the Abbey church. Her light greets you along with that of Saint Walburg.