The Monastery of the Ascension is a community of about a dozen Benedictine monks which has been in Southern Idaho since 1965. We live a life of prayer, work and reading accordng to the Rule of St. Benedict and try to serve the Catholic Church and the people of southern Idaho through various ministries which include parochial work, retreats, teaching and scholarship, ecumenical activities, counseling and spiritual direction, and social service.
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[IMAGE] The Oblates are a group of about 150 lay people who have chosen to associate themselves with the monastic community of Monastery of the Ascension. They are lay people who wish to share in the life of the monks by visits and retreats and days of prayer, by prayer for each other, and by volunteering at the monastery or contributing to it in some other way.

After people decide they want to be oblates, they spend a year as novices, during which time they try to observe the Benedictine rule according to their state in life, pray some of the liturgy of the hours, and visit the monastery for a retreat or day of prayer. At the end of that year, the oblate novices make a final oblation, where they pledge themselves to live the Benedictine spirit in their lives, pray some of the liturgy of the hours, and make an annual retreat.

There are local chapters in the Treasure Valley (meets at St. Paul's Student Center, Boise State University), Magic Valley (meets at the monastery), and Idaho Falls, and Pocatello.

NEW!: Oblate Manual

Monastery of the Ascension: Oblate Schedule

Schedule of Meetings and Retreats

Oblate Meetings at the Monastery of the Ascension Schedule
Book Study: "Sacred Rhythms: The Monastic Way Every Day (Path of Life [Abbey Press] 2014) by Francis de Sales Wagner, OSB It is currently out of stock at Amazon, but they have plenty of used copies, and it is available as an ebook. There are 16 chapters, we can distribute them thus:
  Sep 17, 2017		Casey, Mattingly, Raab                          
  Oct 22, 2017		Wagner, Norris, Tomaine
  Nov 19, 2017		Chittister, Brune
  Jan 21, 2018 		Rippinger, Wagner
  Feb 18, 2018		Longenecker, Wiederkchr
  Mar 18, 2018		Swan, Hagan
  Apr 22, 2018		Dopp, Polan

Oblate Meetings in Boise Schedule
Book Study: "The Psalms: Songs of Faith and Praise" by Gregory J Polan, OSB
  Sep 16, 2017		Ps 01-25  
  Oct 21, 2017		Ps 26-45
  Nov 18, 2017		Ps 46-65
  Jan 20, 2018 		Ps 66-90
  Feb 17, 2018		Ps 91-110
  Mar 17, 2018		Ps 111-130
  Apr 21, 2018		Ps 131-150

Oblate Meetings at Idaho Falls Schedule
Book Study: "The Psalms: Songs of Faith and Praise" by Gregory J Polan, OSB
  Oct 14, 2017		Ps 01-22 Read to page 47                          
  Nov 11, 2017		Ps 23-41 Read to page 95 
  Dec 09, 2017		Ps 42-57 Read to page 136 
  Jan 13, 2018		Ps 58-72 Read to page 172 
  Feb 10, 2018		Ps 73-89 Read to page 222 
  Mar 10, 2018		Ps 90-106 Read to page 270 
  Apr 14, 2018		Ps 107-125 Read to page 328 
  May 12, 2018		Ps 126-150 Read to page 384 

The meetings will be the third Saturday of the month in Boise, 12:30 pm, and the Sunday after that, 10:45 am at the monastery. The meetings in Idaho Falls will continue to be on the second Saturday of the month, and those in Pocatello probably on the first Sunday of the month

Weekend retreats for oblates at the monastery are scheduled for:

Nov 3-5, 2017
Feb 23-25, 2018

For further information contact Fr. Hugh (208-761-9389),

The Monastery of the Ascension
541 East-100 South
Jerome, ID 83338

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