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Claustral Oblates are "in house" oblates, who make yearly profession of vows, and wear a habit.  Some actually retain remunerative work outside the monastery.
 
Benedictines, particularly the monks of the American-Cassinese Congregation, have statutes governing claustral oblates.
 
The Passionist Nuns of Whitesville, KY, have the first female claustral oblates of our knowledge.  They are limited to two, and already have one.  They had to petition their order's Master General to obtain permission to have claustral oblates.
 
So, what is a discerner to do about a desire to be a claustral oblate?  ASK!  Ask the vocations director of the monastery to which you are attracted.  If they are willing, but don't have any guiding statutes, we have included a few links detailing the subject.

Constitutions and Directory Article Covering Claustral Oblates from the American-Cassinese Benedictine Congregation

Explanation of lay and claustral oblates from St. Andrew's Abbey, Cleveland, OH

Claustral Oblates according to Colwich Abbey, England

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