Oblate Formation Booklet

The Oblate Formation Booklet is a comprehensive resource for new and existing Oblates of Saint Vincent Archabbey. It is a private publication for oblates of the monastery.

Lessons from Saint Benedict

Part of a collection written over twenty years, Lessons from Saint Benedict contains 26 letters written by Donald Raila, O.S.B., a Benedictine monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey.

The Rule in Bits and Pieces

The Rule in Bits and Pieces is a collection of over 140 reflections covering every chapter of the Holy Rule of St. Benedict. In this collection, Father Donald Raila, O.S.B. has brought together a diversity of contributions from the Benedictine monks and Oblates of Saint Vincent Archabbey.


In his classic essay on walking, Henry David Thoreau, the famous naturalist and philosopher, extols the virtues of immersing ourselves daily in nature.

Prayer, Study, and Work

In Prayer, Study, and Work, Daniel J. Heisey succinctly explores what Benedictines and other Christians immersed in a modern suburban culture can learn from the vision of monastic saints such as Benedict and Basil.

Flowers in the Desert

The Bible is, above all other things, a record of God’s love for the human race. In its words and through its stories God reveals himself and calls those who hear the word into communion with him.

The Study Guide to Lessons from Saint Benedict

The Study Guide to Lessons from Saint Benedict is an excellent resource for groups and individuals who would like to further their studies and enhance spiritual growth through Father Donald Raila’s book Lessons from Saint Benedict.