LEADERSHIP & THE RULE: The Wisdom of Community Friday, August 9-Sunday, August 11, 2019
St. Benedict developed a written Rule that set up the conditions by which the individual could grow and become an instrument of God's will in the world. This retreat/workshop examines the background and contents of the Rule of Benedict and proposes four key dynamics that may allow twenty-first century people to learn from the wisdom of the sixth-century monks: community, hospitality, humility, and charity.
Presenters: Michael Carey, Obl.OSB; Ph.D & Fr. Francis Benedict, OSB Room, board, and tuition: $275 single; $220 each shared
Dr. Michael Carey is an oblate of Valyermo. He is an Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership of Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. He has taught leadership studies at the graduate level for 30 years at Gonzaga and works to ensure that Gonzaga's graduate leadership programs follow in the tradition of Jesuit education that stretches back to St. Ignatius of Loyola. But his first love is St. Benedict and the community of St. Andrew's Abbey, which he has been connected to since 1971.
Fr. Francis Benedict has been a monk of Valyermo since 1967. He earned an MA in Philosophy from Loyola-Marymount University and an MS in Theology from Mt. Angel in Oregon. He was ordained a priest in 1976. He served as the Abbey's abbot for 16 years. His special areas of ministry include spiritual direction, preaching retreats, and working with 12-step recovery groups. In addition to many responsibilities at the Abbey, he now serves as the Director of Oblates.
PRAYING IN THE CIRCLE OF ST. JOHN Friday, August 16-Sunday, August 18, 2019
The literature bearing the name of John -- a Gospel, three letters, and the Book of Revelation -- comprises some of the latest New Testament documents to have been written. Disparate in literary style and quality, these texts nevertheless reflect to varying degrees an outlook on the Christian mystery associated with what might be called the "circle" of Christians influenced by St. John the Apostle. In the course of this retreat, you will be invited to allow themes characteristic of Johannine literature to draw you into prayer as it were in the company of John's circle.
Presenter: Fr. Isaac Kalina, OSB Room, board, and tuition: $275 single; $220 each shared
Fr. Isaac Kalina has been a monk of Valyermo since 1984. Having completed his theological degree in Rome at Collegio Sant' Anselmo, he was ordained a priest in 1989. He has served the Abbey as Prior, Sub-prior, Kitchenmaster, Youth Director, Assistant Novicemaster, Vocation Director, and Juniormaster. He is involved in retreats and workshops, bilingual ministry, 12-step recovery, addiction counseling, spiritual direction, and grief coaching.
TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR LIFE Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 10:00a.m.-3:00p.m.
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.
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.
Presenter: Sr. Joan Marie Sasse, OSB Donation: $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.
WHO AM I? Meeting the Self in the Prodigal Son Friday, August 23-Sunday, August 25, 2019
St. Luke, Rembrandt, and Henri Nouwen are our human guides as we examine and discern the different spiritual states revealed in Holy Scripture's parable of The Prodigal Son. Art, writing, and the personal experience combine to help us realize the broader implications of this narrative and how they apply to our own lives. Careful attention to art, close reading of texts, personal reflection, and discussion will form the bases of this retreat.
Presenters: Reese Landi, Obl.OSB & Mary Kauffman, Obl.OSB Room, board, and tuition: $275 single; $220 each shared
Reese Landi is an oblate of Valyermo and has worked in Orange County as an RN for 30 years in critical care and recovery. In addition to her BS in Nursing, she is a life-long artist who is certified through Brandman University to work with Art & Creativity for Healing, a non-profit group that uses art as therapy for Wounded Warriors, battered women, autistic children, pediatric cancer patients, and others.
Mary Kauffman is an oblate of Valyermo. She has an MA in English and has taught ESL, various levels of English and writing, and literature courses at several colleges in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas. Now retired, she enjoys sharing her love of reading and writing through participation in different reading and literary groups, particularly those with an emphasis on discovering the transcendent and increasing our Christian awareness through exploration of the written word.
SOPHIA/WISDOM IN THE WRITINGS OF JOHN OF THE CROSS Monday, August 26-Friday, August 30, 2019
This retreat will provide an opportunity to appreciate the Wisdom Christology that John of the Cross employs in all his writings. Special attention will be paid to John's process of spiritual development, especially in the Spiritual Canticle, and the key role that Sophia plays for him. Retreatants will have an opportunity to pray with Scriptural texts from the Wisdom Literature and the New Testament that John employs frequently in his spiritual writings.
Presenter: Fr. Stephen Coffey, OSB Cam Room, board, and tuition: $440 single; $385 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.
MY NEIGHBOR'S FAITH: Interfaith Cooperation in an Age of Religious Diversity Friday, August 30-Sunday, September 1, 2019
Drawing from St. Benedict's habit of extending hospitality to others, this workshop will explore ways for us to engage across lines of religious and worldview difference. The sacred space of the Abbey will provide a safe space for guests and guest speakers of various communions and faith traditions to learn from one another. Recommended text is "My Neighbor's Faith: Stories of Interreligious Encounter, Growth, and Transformation."
Presenters: Fr. Francis Benedict, OSB & Yvonne Wilber, Obl.OSB; PhD Room, board, and tuition: $275 single; $220 each shared
Fr. Francis Benedict has been a monk of Valyermo since 1967. He earned an MA in Philosophy from Loyola-Marymount University and an MS in Theology from Mt. Angel in Oregon. He was ordained a priest in 1976. He served as the Abbey's abbot for 16 years. His special areas of ministry include spiritual direction, preaching retreats, and working with 12-step recovery groups. In addition to the many responsibilities at the Abbey, he now serves as the Director of Oblates. Dr. Yvonne Comstock Wilber is an oblate of Valyermo and works as an academic librarian and adjunct instructor of Religion at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. She holds master's degrees in Library Science and Intellectual Leadership, and earned her Ph.D. in Humanities with a major in Philosophy. Yvonne's intellectual work lies in the intersections of humanities, technology, and ecology, which supports her "heart work" in helping people build bridges across all sorts of difference.
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