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OBLATE, LAY

A person who is associated with a religious institute in order to grow in Christian perfection by following certain rules of the institute but living outside its community structure. Such oblates share in the merits and spiritual benefits of the order or congregation.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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