April 2018

APRIL 2018

PRAYING IN THE CAVE OF THE HEART: The Spirituality of Bede Griffiths
Friday, April 20 - Sunday,
April 22, 2018

This retreat will consider the life story of Benedictine monk Bede Griffiths and his search for the other half of his soul in India. Retreatants will be invited to pray with texts from his writings, especially The Golden String and New Vision of Reality. Conferences will be based on Cyprian Consiglio's Prayer in the Cave of the Heart, an exploration of Bede's spirituality.

Presenter: Fr. Stephen Coffey, OSB Cam
Room, board, and tuition: $250 single / $200 each shared

Fr. Stephen Coffey, a Massachusetts native, is a monk of the Camaldolese Congregation of the Order of St. Benedict and lives at the Monastery of the Risen Christ in San Luis Obispo, where he is director of oblates. He is a retreat director, spiritual director, and is involved in other formation ministries at the Hermitage in Big Sur and at San Lorenzo Seminary in Santa Ynez. He is a graduate of St. John's School of Theology in Collegeville, MN and holds degrees in Christian Spirituality from Creighton in Omaha and in Pastoral Leadership from Chaminade in Honolulu.


THE MATTHEW TRADITION: Moses New and Improved
Wednesday, April 25 - Friday, April 27, 2018

Matthew's gospel is considered the most Jewish of the gospels. It refers to Jewish customs without further explaining them and repeatedly shows how Jesus fulfilled what the prophets had said in the past. The structure of the gospel can be divided into five major parts, framed by the infancy account and the Passion account. In these five sections Matthew challenges us to adopt the New Law that Jesus lays out in the Sermon on the Mount. Because of its five-part structure Matthew is sometimes referred to as the Pentateuch of the New Testament. We will explore how Jesus declares that one must internalize the Law and shows that realizing the Beatitudes in our lives will build the Kingdom of Heaven. Chapters 23 through 25 give us the final test to see how much more we need to grow or 'qualify' as hypocrites.

Presenter: Tony Verhallen
Room, board, and tuition: $200 single / $175 each shared

Tony Verhallen is a retired high school teacher. He earned his MA in Theology from St. Mary's College, Moraga, CA, and his MA in History from California State University, Long Beach, CA. He taught Scripture, Ethics, and Church History at Pius X High School in Downey, St. Bernard High School in Playa del Rey, and Servite High School in Anaheim. He volunteers for the Western Service Workers Association, an organization that assists low income families and weekly conducts discussions and reflections on the Scriptures at St. Boniface parish in Anaheim.


Monday, April 30 - Thursday, May 3, 2018

This retreat is open to artists at all levels including beginners. Photographers, sculptors, and writers are also welcome to come and experience the colors and beauty of the high desert in the setting of the monastery. Escape the stress of daily life while deepening a spiritual vision in your art. (A materials list will be provided.)

Presenter: Deloris Haddow, Obl.OSB
Room, board, and tuition: $300 single / $262.50 each shared

Deloris Haddow is an oblate of Valyermo. She is an artist and educator who studied in Europe, Ukraine, and Iran. She is involved with the California Plein Air Association and is a member of Faith and Forum, a liturgical art organization. She is a spiritual director/facilitator for adults, leading retreats and workshops on centering prayer.


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