Oblate Director

Rev. Paul Paproski, O.S.B.

St. Peter’s Abbey is my home and I have been living here as a Benedictine monk since 1997. Benedictine monks take part in a life devoted to prayer and work (ora et labora). We gather for prayer five times each day beginning at 6:20 a.m. for lauds (morning praise). Following is Mass at 7 a.m. There is noon hour prayer at 12 p.m., then vespers (evening prayer) at 5:30 p.m., and finally vigils (night watch prayer) at 7:30 p.m. Students and staff are always welcome to join us for prayer.

Monks work at various jobs in between prayers. One of my roles includes assisting our vocations program at the abbey by teaching a class on monastic history. I am a member of our vocations team and give retreats to men (candidates, novices and juniors) who are seeking monastic life.

I serve as director of oblates, Christian men and women who are members of a Benedictine religious community. Oblates strive to renew their baptismal commitment while living the Rule of St. Benedict at home. Oblates gather at St. Peter’s Abbey three times a year for meetings and prayer. About 100 oblates are members of our community.

A new role recently assigned to me is archivist of St. Peter’s Abbey.  We have an excellent archives room with history on our community and surrounding area. I sit on the board of St. Peter’s College and on St. Peter’s Abbey Senior Council.  I celebrate Mass at St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Church in Humboldt, SK and it’s surrounding missions of St. Scholastica (Burr, SK), Assumption (Marysburg, SK) and Holy Trinity (Pilger, SK). I serve as the co-pastor of this church while I reside at the abbey.

I was born in Lanigan, Saskatchewan in 1963 and moved with my family to Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan in 1971.  I earned a bachelor of journalism degree in 1985 and worked as a reporter and editor of the newspaper in Hudson Bay before joining St. Peter’s abbey in 1997. I made my simple monastic vows in 1997 and solemn vows in 1999. In 2000 I began attending seminary at St. Vincent Archabbey, convocating in 2006 with master degrees in Divinity and Monastic Studies. I convocated in 2011 with a Master in History at the University of Saskatchewan.

Contact Father Paul for more information or to begin discernment of the Oblate life!

Contact: paulpaproski@hotmail.com

Oblate Director Fr. Paul Paproski, OSB, left, and Abbot Peter Novecosky, OSB congratulate Ken and Bonnie Roberts of Saskatoon on their final oblation in October of 2010.

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