n. pl.1.(R.C.Ch.) Children dedicated in their early years to the monastic state.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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for a monastic vocation (oblati) and those whose aims were secular
Marek Rostkowski (Rome: Missionari Oblati di Maria Immacolata, 2000), p.
Since we have ample evidence in the RB that children (boys in Benedict's case) were admitted to the monastery (as oblati; see chapter 59), it is tempting to speculate on how they came into a sense of their own gender identity in the process of growing up in a monastic context with only other male monks as their masculine role models.
Since the Franciscans continued to accept pueri oblati, much of the attention was directed at basic education.