Dom Timothy, the Oblate Master, is in the middle of revising our register of oblates. He has discovered that:
– we have 101 oblates, of whom 9 are probationers
– clergy compose 60% of the register, laity 40%
– the oblate living nearest the Abbey lives in the Gatehouse of the Abbey itself!
– the most distant oblate lives in New Zealand
– we have oblates in the UK, USA, Spain, Norway, New Zealand, Denmark, Cyprus & Australia
– the longest-professing, living oblate was clothed in 1965 (On my first birthday! Webmaster)
Oblates – watch out for responses to your ideas, coming up in the next few months…