Meet the Oblates


We are Oblates of St. Scholastica Monastery with the Benedictine Sisters of Chicago. Oblates are women or men, single, or married, who seek a deeper relationship with God through association with a Benedictine community.


Our Oblate community has over 100 Oblate members, two groups of which meet in Chicago and one group that meets in Colorado. Many of our members also live in other states and share our community in spirit.


We join with the Benedictine Sisters to share in the apostolic work and prayer of the community in order to spread the spirit of St. Benedict.  Integrating prayer and work, we manifest Christ's presence in society and we seek to become holy in our chosen way of life. In our daily lives, we extend Benedictine values into the world by applying the teachings of the Rule of Benedict within our family circles,  in our places of work, and in our civic and social communities.


If you would like to learn more, visit our page about Oblate formationread an Oblate story, or contact Sister Benita Coffey at bcoffey@osbchicago.org or 773.764.2413 x327.

Learn more about some of our Oblates

Oblate Seth Alexander
Chicago, IL
Theology Professor
Oblate Dorothy Andries
Deerfield, IL
SSA grad, St. Patrick's/Lake Forest
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Oblate M. Maureen Blackburn
Waterloo, IL
Physical Therapist
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Oblate Barbara Boland
Evanston, IL
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Oblate Kathy Caudill
Lake Zurich, IL
Development Director, Attorney
Contact me at: KathyCaudill785@gmail.com
Oblate Anne M. Comeau
Chicago, IL
Retired and Environmental Activist
Contact me at: AnneComeau1@yahoo.com
Oblate Donna Dehnert
Evanston, IL
Piano Teacher, Performer
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Oblate Penny Goldman
Villa Park, IL
Semi-retired, Jill of all trades
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Oblate Penny Kerndt
Des Plaines, IL
Retired teacher, PT at Cubs for 5 years
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Oblate Mary Klug
Chicago, IL
St. Tarcissus Rectory, RE, St. Vincent de Paul
Oblate Paula Kowalski
Chicago, IL
St. Thomas Becket, Music Director
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Oblate Maureen Martin
Evanston, IL
Spiritual Director and Chaplain 
Oblate Anne Matz
Chicago, IL
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Oblate Rick McCallister
Chicago, IL
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Oblates Peter McGovern
Machester, NH
Law Professors
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2 Waterford Way, #316
Manchester, NH 03102
Oblate Kay McSpadden
Chicago, IL
Retired Community College English Prof.
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Oblate Tammy Perlmutter
Chicago, IL
Writer, Wife, Special-Needs Mom, Photographer
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Oblate Rosalie Riegle
Evanston, IL
Writer and Catholic Worker
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Oblate Kathy Riordan
Chicago, IL
Ret. School Counselor/ELL/Food Pantry Vol.
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Oblate Deirdre Toeller-Novak
Holland, MI
Community Vol., Writer, Grandmother
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