The Benedictine Sisters of Queen of Angels Monastery in Mount Angel are hosting an opportunity for the community to learn more about being an oblate. They’ll address what oblates are, what the word means, and what oblates do, among other questions.
The sisters also hope to welcome people who already know the answers to those questions and who want to become an oblate of a Benedictine monastery.
The gathering will be Saturday, Aug. 12, 10 a.m. – noon at the Monastery Chapter Room, 840 S. Main St., Mount Angel. The free presentation will be followed by a lunch with the Benedictine Sisters.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Sister Maureen Niedermeyer will answer questions at 503-845-6141.
Franciscans answer pope’s call
ASTON, Pennsylvania — The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, who have a long history in Oregon, have voted to commit themselves to ecological education and concrete actions to preserve the environment. During a June assembly, the sisters said they wanted to answer the call to defend creation issued by Pope Francis in his encyclical “Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home.”
“We believe that all of creation is sacred, and it is our moral obligation to care,” said Sister Mary Kathryn Dougherty, congregational minister. “This corporate stand reminds us and challenges us to act in accordance with our beliefs.”
The statement cited water and air pollution, the destruction of rain forests, fracking, the extinction of species, and “exploitation and disregard of native peoples’ land for economic gain.”
The Philadelphia Franciscans once had a West Coast novitiate on Portland’s Palatine Hill, and still operate a spirituality center in Milwaukie. They operated hospitals in eastern Oregon and taught in some schools.