Manquehue oblates

There are over 1,500 Manquehue members in Chile. All are lay people, men and women of different ages and social backgrounds, and they take part in the life of the Movement with varying degrees of commitment. At the heart of this ‘extended community’ lies a core-group of 40 lay men and women who have made a life-commitment to live, pray and work together in community. The members of this core-group are called oblates, and the life of the Movement flows from this community. Half of the oblates have chosen to live as celibates and they live in community houses alongside other celibates. The other half are married and live with their families; but all of the oblates, whether they be celibate or married, work in whatever the community requires of them in the different Manquehue projects. During week days, they celebrate Lauds, Midday Prayer, Vespers and Office of Readings together every day in the workplace, dedicate time to lectio divina and have lunch together in silence with reading. In the evenings they pray Compline at home. Weekends are spent with their respective families or community houses. The oblates are divided into separate deaneries and meet up as a larger community for monthly chapters and a yearly retreat all together. They elect a superior and they take the life and Rule of St Benedict as their guide.