The Oblates of the Precious Blood is an Apostolate of Prayer for priests,
established on the Feast of Corpus Christi, June 21, 1981,
by the Handmaids of the Precious Blood, under the encouragement and direction of the
Servant of God, Father John A. Hardon, S.J.
An Oblate’s main purpose is to promote the glory of God through personal holiness, and prayer and sacrifice for the sanctification of priests. They also share the Oblate program with others and spiritually and temporally support the Handmaids of the Precious Blood in our mission of giving our lives for priests.
Who may become an Oblate?
Any Catholic priest, deacon, Religious or lay person who is faithfully practicing the Catholic faith and regularly receiving the Sacraments is eligible for membership. Members of Third Orders may also become Oblates.
Are the Oblates considered to be a Third Order?
No, the Oblates of the Precious Blood are not a Third Order, but simply a prayer association whose members seek to imitate Christ in His perfect love of God and neighbor, and by imitating Him in His prayer and sacrificial love for the sanctification of priests. Meetings are not held, there are no dues for membership, and vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience are not made. Oblates may voluntarily meet together to encourage each other in prayer as they journey together in their earthly pilgrimage.
How does one become an Oblate?
The first step is to submit an application form which can be obtained by writing us or emailing us. The application includes a request for three recommendations. Our Rev. Mother Prioress will prayerfully consider your request. If she believes you are suitable for our candidacy program, enrollment materials will be sent to you, along with your first Candidate Lesson which marks the beginning of your Oblate spiritual formation. This formation, conducted by correspondence from our Motherhouse, includes Lessons which provide an opportunity for a deeper understanding of our Catholic faith and the spirituality of our Founder, Father Gerald Fitzgerald, s.P. If, after completing our candidacy program, you desire to unite yourself more closely to God by making a Solemn Resolution to preserve the habitual disposition and intention of doing all your actions for the love of Him, you are invited to request permission from the Mother Prioress to make your Solemn Resolution. A Solemn Resolution is a solemn promise made to God, but is not a vow binding under pain of sin. It is a serious life-long commitment to pray and sacrifice for priestly holiness and share a close affinity with our Institute, the Handmaids of the Precious Blood.
What do I do after I have made my Solemn Resolution?
Essentially three things:
- Spiritual Support (foremost in living out your Solemn Resolution for the sanctification of Priests)
- Temporal Support (assisting the Handmaids of the Precious Blood as able)
- Vocational Support (sharing the Oblate program with others and praying for and promoting vocations to the Handmaids of the Precious Blood as able)
As an Oblate of the Precious Blood you are closely affiliated with our Institute, the Handmaids of the Precious Blood, and share in all of our Masses, Holy Hours, prayers, and good works. You are part of our spiritual family sharing in our events of life, our joys and sorrows, celebrations and challenges as well as sharing your life, needs, and prayer intentions with us. We support each other in prayer. Being a cloistered community within the Catholic Church, the Handmaids contribute to the spiritual welfare of the Church; to you, your family and all in your ecclesial community (your parish), by always being before the Face of the Lord in prayer and supplication for the needs of His children. Contemplative communities, such as ours, also rely on the support given to them by benefactors and we are helped greatly by your generosity and kindness of our Oblates. Our Oblates supply temporal assistance whenever and however the Lord has blessed them to be able to give; be it time, talent, or treasure but always place the gift of prayer and sacrifice highest and enjoin generous souls to remember Saint Paul’s admonition to give “without impoverishing yourselves.”
Can I also spiritually adopt an individual priest as an Oblate?
Yes. All Oblates are automatically enrolled in our Apostolate of Prayer for priests, the Lay Associates of the Priesthood and given the first name of a priest to pray for daily. (Priests, religious, and deacons are enrolled as members of our Confraternity of Mary, Mother of Priests.) There are over 30,000 Lay Associates, over 7,000 Confraternity Members and hundreds of Oblates of the Precious Blood throughout the world, praying and sacrificing for priests.
Meet some of our Oblates on our Oblate News page.