Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Welcome Dennis Schenkel to the blogroll

I'd like to take a moment to welcome someone new to my blogroll to the side-Dennis Schenkel is a seminarian studying for the Catholic priesthood for the Diocese of Memphis-his hometown. Dennis' blog was brought to my attention in On the Hill, the quarterly publication for Oblates, Alumni, and friends of St. Meinrad Archabbey and School of Theology-which also has a link to the right under Church links.

Nicole and I are Oblates of the Archabbey (Oblates are basically the Benedictine 3rd Order), so obviously I take an interest in anyone else I might meet who has a tie to St. Meinrad-I truly love the place, and I always have the problem when visiting of never wanting to leave. Dennis is studying for the priesthood at St. Meinrad.


At Tuesday, April 25, 2006 9:05:00 PM, Blogger Steve Mule said...

Mr. Oatney,
What, in the name of the living LORD, is a "Benedictine 3rd Order"?? What is an "Oblate"?
Rather than pest you with a lot of questions is there a place on the Internet where you can find out?


At Wednesday, April 26, 2006 12:16:00 AM, Blogger Dave Oatney said...

A "Third Order" are laypeople who are committed to a particular religious order, but are not monks, nuns, priests, or friars-just laymen and laywomen who desire to be affiliated with a certain religious community and live the kind of holiness that people in a religious order are called to live, but live that holiness in the world as laypeople.

The Franciscan Order has a Third Order, the Carmelite Order has a Third Order, the Paulist Fathers, who staff several parishes in the Diocese of Knoxville.

In the Benedictine Order, the laypeople who do the things that Third Order people do in other religious communities in the Catholic Church are called Oblates, instead of "Third Order." Though we are not monks or nuns, we have a tie to a single monastery just like Benedictine monks or nuns would have, and we are affiliated with that monastery until we die, presuming we continue to meet all of the qualifications of being an Oblate. We say the Liturgy of the Hours (the 150 psalms in a cycle and the associated prayers in the Catholic liturgy) every day, just like the monks at the Archabbey do-only we do that in our homes and/or churches-unless we are at an Oblate Chapter meeting or at the Abbey itself, where the Hours are said with others.

More information can be found about the Benedictine Oblates of St. Meinrad Archabbey, with which I am affiliated, at


At Wednesday, April 26, 2006 8:33:00 AM, Blogger Steve Mule said...

Mr. Oatney,
Thank you! Very good and clear explanation, my compliments. I'll check the site out. Thank you again very much.



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