Any Roman Catholic priest may become a Priest Oblate of the Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula. Your membership of any other religious order, confraternity, or society does not exclude you from being an Oblate of the Guild, and the Rule of the Oblates should in no way interfere with your existing apostolate. You are entitled to the full benefits accorded to the lay oblates, including those of the monthly Missae pro Populo celebrated by the Guild Priests, and the intentions for your departed loved ones in our Monthly Requiems.
If you are a member of an existing religious community, you may become a Religious Oblate of the Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula. Your membership of any other religious order, confraternity, or society does not exclude you from being an Oblate of the Guild, and the Rule of the Oblates should in no way interfere with your existing religious life. You are entitled to the full benefits accorded to the lay oblates, including those of the monthly Missae pro Populo celebrated by the Guild Priests, and the intentions for your departed loved ones in our Monthly Requiems.
Any Roman Catholic, 15 years old or more, may become a Lay Oblate of the Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula. Your membership of any other religious community, whether as a Third Order member or Oblate, does not disqualify you from becoming an Oblate of the Guild. Any spiritual duties required by your membership of another religious group are accepted as fulfilling similar requirements by the Guild.
The Third Order of the Guild shall comprise those men and women who desire to conform their life, as closely as they are able, to the Rule of St. Peter ad Vincula, especially to Article 7, which pertains specifically to the Oblates. While the Third Order is comprised mostly of lay people, it welcomes clerics, priests and religious who wish to associate themselves with the Guild but are unable, or simply do not wish to submit to the Rule for the First and Second Orders.
The Act of Oblation made by the Oblates of the Guild is based on a rite approved by the Church for the Oblates of St. Benedict. By this Act of Oblation, anyone fifteen years or older, moved by a desire for greater perfection and by a special devotion to our Holy Mother Church and her traditional faith, liturgy, customs and values, offers himself to God, to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and to our holy patron Saint Peter. By this act, he spiritually affiliates himself with the Guild, in order thereby to lead a more perfect Christian life in the world according to the spirit of the Rule of the Guild; to share likewise in the spiritual treasures of the Guild and enjoy the special privileges granted by the Guild to its Oblates; and to promote and support, as far as lies in his power, the aims and spirit of the Guild, and the good of its missions and priories.
The Oblation is neither a vow nor an oath, and is neither irrevocable nor binding under pain of sin. However, as it constitutes a deliberate resolve of the will made before God and man and confirmed by a sacred rite, it is worthy of high respect.
The way of life and obligations of the Oblate are laid out in more detail in Article 7 of the Rule, with which the Oblate should be diligent in familiarizing himself.
Becoming an Oblate is quite easy to do. The candidate first applies for admission as a postulant. Click on the following link for the application form.
In return for the nominal fee charged, the postulant will receive a Guld Medal, and a copy of our Handbook for Oblates which he should study during his postulancy in preparation for the novitiate. The Postulant takes special care to ensure he is fulfilling the criteria required for induction as a novice. The Dean of Chapter will evaluate the Postulant based on these criteria, which include but are not necessarily limited to the postulant’s admission to the Guild of All Souls and the daily recitation of the Guild Prayer of Restoration. The period of postulancy may be reduced or extended at the discretion of the Dean. After a period of about three months spent as a postulant, the candidate may be received as a novice and be invested with the medal of the Guild.
During the year spent as a novice, the Dean continues to evaluate the candidate for Oblation in order to ensure that he has fulfilled the criteria required for admission. These shall include but not be limited to the novice’s willingness to observe the obligations incumbent upon him, as listed in Article 7.3 of the Rule, especially the daily recitation of the Guild Prayer of Restoration, the frequent recitation of some form of liturgical prayer (at least the Short Office for Oblates), the support of the Guild through financial and other means, the supply of Mass intentions, and general willingness to cooperate with any specific requests from the priests of the Guild.
The struggle to maintain one's Faith in a world that is so against us can be discouraging. We sometimes wonder if there is any hope for the future of the Church. After all we are so few, and there are so many divisions amongst those who wish to preserve the Faith and Sacraments. The Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula is a growing organization that provides exactly what you're looking for -- a haven of unity that is determined not to permit the ravages of modernism to destroy all we hold most dear, and yet that is at peace within itself. Find the solace of belonging to an ever-growing movement to restore the Church -- there is strength in numbers! Be a part of the resistance movement that continues in charity to follow God's will amidst the chaos and desolation and incessant empty bickering of the modern post-conciliar world. We welcome our oblates not to a debating society or religious club. We welcome you to a true spiritual FAMILY, recognizing you as brothers and sisters, children together of our Holy Mother the Church whose spiritual health and vitality we will struggle together to restore.
Our Oblates come from all walks of life. But if you're a member of the Catholic Church and wish to make her whole again, it doesn't matter whether you are a housewife, student, truck driver, lawyer, or priest. Each has his or her own role to play, and you are equally welcome to join our ranks. We understand though, that you all have duties of life that vary considerably in the amount of time you can spare for the work to restore the Church. You also have different talents that you can apply to this work. Through spiritual direction and practical advice, we can help you choose how much and what kind of work you are able to lend to the common effort. Ultimately the decision is yours, and it is never our desire to pressure you into more than you wish to do. While we stress the importance of liturgical prayer we provide many options to the Oblate that will satisfy your responsibilities of membership, and nothing is ever binding under pain of sin. You can increase or decrease your participation at any time without permission, and we always aim to provide the kind of flexibility that allows our Oblates to find their own level of comfort, while at the same time providing them with the challenge to show their generosity.
On many important feastdays during the course of the liturgical year, the priest is instructed to offer a "Missa pro Populo", or Mass for the People (of his parish). The priests of the Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula offer this Mass for the intention of all the members of the Guild, including the Oblates. Your membership will entitle you to the benefits of these Masses that are said by each of our priests every month.
The graces of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass are
also extended to your dear departed. As an Oblate you are expected to
join Guild of All Souls and submit a list of all the faithful departed
you wish to have remembered in the Requiem Mass that each priest of the
Guild must say every month. This ensures firstly that all your departed
loved ones receive the graces of as many monthly Requiems as we have
Priests in the Guild. Secondly, when your own time comes to face the
judgment of God, you are also ensured of the prayers of the Guild.
1. The daily Guld Prayer of Restoration.
2. Liturgical prayer. This shall be recited daily, and may range from the full Roman Divine Office to the simple Short Office for Oblates contained in the Handbook. You should consult with your Director on the fulfillment of this requirement. While we encourage our Oblates to pray the liturgy as much as their duties in life permit, they are nevertheless free to choose their own level.
3. Other prayers and devotions. These are listed in the Constitutions for Oblates, but are basically the same requirements incumbent on all the faithful. We merely ask that our Oblates are diligent in their observance.
1. Oblates participate in the apostolate of the
Guild by observing the Rule and Calendar.
2. If you have talents that can be put to use by the priests of the Guild in their apostolate, you may be asked to assist the them. You are never obliged to do so, however, but should at least seriously consider their request for help.
1. Your application for membership includes a
stipend of $40.00 payable to the Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula, 6397
Holloway Drive, Liberty Township, OH 45044. Once this stipend is
received you will be sent a Guild Medal and a copy of the Handbook for
2. There are no further financial requirements. However, in the spirit of the Church's commandment to support the clergy, you are encouraged to provide Mass stipends and other donations as your financial abilities permit. You should consider the basic minimum to be a regular $20.00 contribution to the Mass Stipends for the monthly Requiem Masses of the Gulid of All Souls.
3. We welcome any financial assistance you can afford to provide. You may discuss with your Director other contributions, including bequests, one-time or automatic regular financial contributions, and donation of services or property, for the support of your Priory or Mission.
Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula
Copyright 2018. Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula, Inc. All Rights Reserved.