The Christian monastic tradition can be traced back at least to the 3rd century, and there have been Oblates connected with monastic communities, in various ways, practically from the beginning. Camaldolese Benedictine Oblates continue in this great tradition. Our Oblates are lay persons or members of other orders or diocesan clergy who seek to live a life in harmony with God through the Camaldolese Oblate Rule, striving to incorporate its values and spirituality into their lives.
Over 600 men and women from all over the world have become Camaldolese Oblates. They regularly return to the New Camaldoli Hermitage and/or to Incarnation Monastery for spiritual retreat, as well as attending, when possible, retreats conducted in northern and southern California for active oblate groups.
An 11th century Pope affirmed:
The Oblate’s profession deserves nothing but praise, and it is worthy to endure, being as it is a reproduction of the primitive state of the Church. We therefore approve of it and confirm it and style it a Holy and Catholic institution.
For more information about the Camaldolese Oblates, please contact:
Fr. Andrew Colnaghi, Fr. Robert Hale, or (for Australia and New Zealand) Fr. Daniel Manger.
Fr. Andrew Colnaghi, Incarnation Monastery
1369 La Loma Ave., Berkeley, CA 94708
Fr. Robert Hale, New Camaldoli Hermitage
62475 HWY 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
Fr. Daniel Manger, New Camaldoli Hermitage
62475 HWY 1, Big Sur CA 93920-9533
(831) 667-2456 ext 121
Regional Chaplain for Oblates For Austalia & New Zealand
Fr. Michael Mifsud
P.O. Box 206
Warburton VIC 3799
Tel. +614 08 728 506 (mobile with country code)
+ 61359662049 (local)