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The Holy Family Chapter is a Benedictine Oblate community under the pastoral care of Christ the King Russian Orthodox Church (Western Rite), located in Tullytown, PA, a northeastern suburb of Philadelphia. 

And, as are all Benedictine Oblate communities, we are attached to a Benedictine monastery. Ours is:
St. Mary the Virgin, Our Lady of Walsingham, Orthodox Skete & Church (ROCOR WR) Dayton, TN

We meet monthly at Christ the King every first Saturday, beginning with Liturgy at 9 am, followed by our meeting in Parish Hall. Most meetings, including Liturgy, last about 3 hours. We also have a yearly Lenten retreat. All are welcome to meetings or the retreat.

Our Story
We first formed as a Benedictine Chapter on October 1, 2008, with two Sisters and one Oblate; over time, the inevitable changes of life caused the Chapter to slowly cease to function. In 2015 there was a renewal of interest within the Parish, and so our pastor decided to revive the Chapter. In October of 2015, with both of the original Sisters (now an Oblate) and the original oblate, the Holy Family Chapter began again with our first meeting of potential new members. In November 2015, five candidates were received as Oblate Novices and began their official time of study toward Oblature.

We now number nine in our Chapter - seven Oblates, one Oblate Novice and one life professed Benedictine Sister, with new growth occurring as God calls willing hearts. Our seven Oblates renewed their oblation on October 7, 2018, officiated by the Very Rev. Mark Rowe, our Vicar-General. Our community of the Holy Family is pictured below:
OSB Oblates Group Photo

How does one become an Oblate?
Christians of all faith traditions may become Benedictine Oblates. An oblate must simply desire to learn about and follow the Benedictine way in their life circumstances.

Oblate life is formed through community. The oblate is affiliated spiritually with a monastery and thus shares in the prayer, work, love and commitment of the community. The oblates also form community in chapters and among their family, friends and church. By being part of the Benedictine community, the oblate is able to live more fully the Christian life.

If you feel God is calling you to life as an Oblate, begin by attending meetings at a Chapter near you. Our Holy Family Chapter, located in southeastern Pennsylvania (north of Philadelphia) meets every first Saturday at Christ the King Orthodox Church. After attending regularly for a minimum of 3 months, you are received as an Oblate Postulant; then, upon mutual agreement with the Director of Oblates, and our Abbot, you are received as an Oblate Novice. After a year of novitiate study, you will make your First Oblation; one year later you will make Oblation for life. The oblation ceremony borrows elements from the monastic profession of vows, although oblates only make promises.

Once oblates have been formally accepted into a Chapter, they keep the spirit of St. Benedict in their lives by regular prayer, study and acts of charity in accord with their state of life. Want to learn more? Come to a meeting if you are in the area - contact us for more information or directions. If you are not near us, contact our Abbot, Abbot David Colburn, for a chapter near you. If there isn't one nearby, consider forming one where you are. New ones are forming often. You are also invited to pray with us, no matter your location. You can also visit our monastery gift shop, Walsingham Books and Gifts, where you can purchase items to inspire your faith life.

Meetings: First Saturday of every month, at Christ the King Orthodox Church, Tullytown, PA
Time: 9:00 AM
Date: Saturday December 5 2020

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