April 2019

APRIL 2019

EXTRAORDINARY TIME: Spiritual Reflections from a Season with Cancer, Death, & Transition

Monday, April 1-Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Those who have suffered serious illness or traumatic loss or have accompanied those who have, are invited to explore more deeply the meaning and gifts of these experiences through spiritual reflection. The retreat leader will share the story of her own personal "extraordinary time" as we reflect together on our experiences in light of the great Christian themes of suffering, healing, death, and the afterlife. We will invite our own Communion of Saints to join with us in prayer and reflection. Time will be allowed for journaling and small-group conversations.
(Recommended readings provided upon request.)

Presenter: Laura Dunham, Obl.OSB; Ph.D.; M.Div
Room, board, and tuition: $220 single; $192.50 each shared

Dr. Laura Dunham, former academic, retired Presbyterian minister, and Catholic convert in 2012, is an oblate of St. Benedict's Monastery in MN. She holds a PhD, MDiv, and Certificate in Spiritual Formation. Teaching and writing about Christian spirituality, guiding the Ignatian Exercises, and leading retreats and group studies of the mystics are her current work. Laura is the author of Path of the Purified Heart: Spiritual Journey as Transformation (Cascade Books, 2012) and Extraordinary Time: Spiritual Reflections from a Season with Cancer, Death, and Transition (Cascade Books, 2018). A resident of Riverside, CA, she invites inquiries about her work through her website, www.laura-dunham.com.


Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 10:00a.m.-3:00p.m.

Life has way of making so many demands on our time and energy. Sometimes the harder we try the more frustrating it can become. Taking time out to slow down and refocus can do wonders for our mind, body and spirit.

Life often offers us many challenges but you do not have to go it alone. On this one-day retreat to be offered one Wednesday each month, you will learn some very valuable and workable techniques that can assist you in your daily life. Christ is present among us and offers us His "Light" to guide our way. It is possible to turn a life of chaos into a life of peace and calm.

Sr. Joan Marie Sasse, OSB
$45 per person includes tuition, morning beverages, and lunch after Mass

Sr. Joan Marie Sasse
is a Benedictine Sister who was a member of Holy Spirit Monastery in Grand Terrace for many years. When the Community left California in 2012, she joined St. Lucy's Benedictine Community in Glendora. Sr. Joan Marie has earned degrees in Education, Theology, and Neuro Linguistic Programming. She was a teacher and school administrator in various elementary schools for over twenty years and served as a Parish Administrator or Pastoral Associate for thirteen years. Sr. Joan Marie was a Retreat Director at Serra Retreat House in Malibu for five years where she published five Meditation CD's and two CD's for self-improvement. Sr. Joan Marie currently gives weekly Retreats at Grand Terrace, CA.



Monday, April 15-Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Using the poignant Stations of the Cross as the framework for reflection, this silent retreat will examine the place where the struggles of our lives intersect with the struggles of the Way of the Cross. Christ knew his pain and suffering would be redeemed by God, often times we aren't sure the same is true for us. Yet, all suffering finds its redemption in Christ's Suffering, this is the lesson of Holy Week.

The desert silence and the liturgy of the monastery provide an environment where the space between us and God becomes thinner. Come to the desert to think on pain and suffering. Come to the desert to prepare your heart and mine for the events of Holy Week.

(Please note: This retreat is conducted Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Holy Week. It is intentionally designed to give participants the opportunity to retreat during Holy Week, without missing their own parish's observances of Maundy Thursday. Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Plan to arrive for noon Mass and lunch on Monday. Our first official gathering will begin in the Lodge just after lunch. We will conclude on Wednesday with a closing and benediction following lunch. Stay for this final session and commit to the whole retreat experience.)

Presenter: Lisa Marion, Obl.OSB
Room, Board, and tuition: $220 single; $192.50 each shared

Lisa Marion is an oblate of Valyermo and Spiritual Director in Orange County. An energetic leader, she has over 25 years of pastoral experience ministering to people of all ages and stages of life. Leading numerous events both locally and nationally, she conveys her awareness of God and his love with a subtle yet honest sense of humor. For more information about Lisa and her ministry visit: www.dailypax.com -- subscribe to join her growing community of those seeking peace and spiritual growth.



Thursday, April 18-Sunday, April 21, 2019

The Sacred Triduum is the holiest time of the liturgical cycle of the Church. You are invited to share the monastic experience of this sacred liturgy beginning on Holy Thursday and concluding on Easter Sunday.

(Since this time is rooted in silence and reflection, we ask that you plan to arrive in sufficient time to be settled in your rooms before 4pm)

Room and board: $385 single; $316.50 each shared



EVERYTHING ABLAZE: Teilhard's Mystical Vision

Friday, April 26-Sunday, April 28, 2019

This weekend retreat will serve as an introduction to the spirituality of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, scientist and mystic. Teilhard believed that a vibrant Christian life can set the world on fire. We will explore six key themes that are central to his vision: God in world and matter; a spirituality of evolution; love and loving; our inner depths; the cosmic Christ, and the Sacred Heart of the universe. Each conference will be followed by time for meditation and prayerful reflection. The format will follow David Richo's Everything Ablaze, a rich resource for meditating on our call to discover the universe's Sacred Heart.

Presenter: Fr. Stephen Coffey, OSB Cam
Room, board, and tuition: $275 single; $220 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.



Monday, April 29-Thursday, May 2, 2019

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: $330 single; $287.50 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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