Oblate Formation Booklet

Booklet Creation, Design, & Printing

In 2014, the Director of Oblates at Saint Vincent Archabbey approached me with a unique project: to create an updated edition of a booklet given out to oblates (an oblate is a lay person associated with a specific monastery).

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. The monastery needed me to design a new edition of the booklet, have it ready to print within several weeks, and handle the printing. I designed the new edition to reflect the tradition of the monastery. I also created a printing schedule that allows the monastery to order books in small quantities when they need them.

The interior is printed on 55lb crème colored paper and has a durable paperback cover.

The result of this collaborative process is a high quality booklet that new and existing members to the group receive at an affordable cost.

If you are in need of similar design and printing services for your organization or to add value for your members, then please contact me to start the conversation.

Lessons from Saint Benedict

Lessons from Saint Benedict: Finding Joy in Daily Life

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. Using the 1500-year-old Rule of Benedict and Benedictine spirituality as his foundation, Father Donald offers words of spiritual encouragement and guidance for persevering through the journey of daily life. With the Gospel and Rule of Benedict as guides, Raila says, we can learn to see God’s graces in every dimension of our lives, even the most seemingly mundane. Father Donald provides both serious and light-hearted examples from his own life to demonstrate how we can renew and strengthen our spirituality through the daily grind, and perhaps even find joy in the process.

Father Donald S. Raila, OSB, is a Benedictine monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He has been the Director of Oblates since 1988, and during that time has written quarterly letters to the community of Oblates and friends of Saint Vincent Archabbey.

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  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Weight: 10.2 ounces
  • Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches

eBook: $9.99 available at Amazon.

Paperback: $14.95 available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and on order at most independent bookstores.

Prayer, Study, and Work

Prayer, Study, and Work: Renewing the Benedictine Ideal

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. Using the documents of the Second Vatican Council and other texts, Heisey meditates upon ways to pursue a path of renewal through the Benedictine ideals of prayer, study, and work.

Daniel J. Heisey, a graduate of the University of Cambridge, is a Benedictine monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, where he is known as Brother Bruno.

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  • Print Length: 76 pages
  • Weight: 5 ounces
  • Dimensions: 8 x 5.25 x 0.19 inches

eBook: $6.99 available at Amazon.

Paperback: $13.95 available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and on order at most independent bookstores.