Oblate Blog: March 18, 2011: Oblate Bible Project Accomplished



With much gratitude to our beloved oblates affiliated with Conception Abbey, I am happy to be able to announce that all our guest rooms now have a New American Bible, Catholic Edition in the room. I want all of our oblates to see this as an oblate project and one that each of you supported in whatever way you were able. We pray that many of our guests will use the bibles while they are on retreat or visiting here at Conception.

In each bible is a note that states the following: (A picture is above but it may be hard to read in the picture.)

This bible is placed in this room by the generosity of Oblates of St. Benedict affiliated with Conception Abbey. Please use it while you are a guest here and leave it in the room for the next guest when you leave. God bless you.

It is a great addition to our guest rooms and the oblates can all be proud that you were all able to be a part of this project. We collected a total of $1,779.50. And here is how it was spent.

Cost of bibles for Marian Hall…………. $958.75
Cost of bibles for St. Benedict Hall……. $513.00
Balance left……………………………..$307.75

Since we have a balance left of about $300.00 I am thinking of ordering about five large print bibles. All the above bibles were ordered from Fireside Catholic Publishing, Wichita, Kansas. The same edition of the bible that we have for the rooms can be purchased in large print for $17.45 each, so five of them would cost $87.25. We would leave these bibles in the lounge on each floor and ask people to return it there when they finish using it. Does that sound like a good idea to you? Let me know please.

I also want to express our appreciation to Constance Huard, a Wichita oblate, who picked these bibles up at the publishing house and then sent them back with her son and daughter in law, Joe and Jenny Huard. Joe and Jenny now live in this area and were able to bring them back after visits to Wichita. That of course saved all shipping charges. I am sure we all grateful to them.

I also want to mention that our next retreat is April 8-10, 2011; Brother Cyprian will be giving this retreat. If you have not yet sent in your reservation please do so soon. You need to contact the guest department to make reservations. You can e-mail them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone them during business hours at 660-944-2809. The Pray and Work weekend is scheduled for July 8-10, 2011 so mark your calendars now.

God bless each one of you and I pray you continue to have a blessed and holy Lent.

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