Lake Louise, by Mary Hawn 
Mary attended the most recent oblate events and has been another excellent addition. In one of the discussions she mentioned how being in the outdoors draws her closer to God.
We also discovered she is an artist.
She said this painting is a prayer of praise for the beauty of His creation.

Applications

If you are interested in becoming a lifelong oblate of Saint Leo Abbey, fill out the application to become a novice oblate. Now is the time to apply.

CLICK HERE for the applications to become a novice oblate or the application to make your final oblation if you are already a novice oblate. For any questions you may reply to this email or call Brother Giovanni at 813-228-8015.
Date for Next Oblate Sunday and Oblate ceremony

Oblate Sunday. Abbot Isaac will not be available to give the Oblate class on March 3. Whether to have an Oblate Sunday on March 3 has not been decided. Another email will be sent as soon as there are any updates.

Ceremony for Novices and Final Oblation. March 21 will not be the date for the novice/final oblation ceremonies and the family picnic. We try to have the ceremony on the March 21 feast of Saint Benedict, but it is a tentative date until a date is scheduled. Another email will be sent as soon as there are any updates as to the date for the novice/final oblation ceremonies and the family picnic.

Dom Bernardo Olivera Letters

For about the past three years the oblate class has read several of the letters by Dom Bernardo Olivera who is the abbot general of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (also known as “Trappists”). We have enjoyed the letters as they are assigned periodically by Abbot Isaac. But what if you want to read all of the letters now? Bernardo Olivera letters.