February 2018


THE MARK TRADITION: Now You See It, Now You Don't
Wednesday, February 7 - Friday, February 9, 2019

Mark's gospel is quite a challenge to its reader/believer. The very first verse declares: "Here begins the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God". The reader is the outsider looking in and observing that the disciples and apostles see something but don't get it. The only one who does is Satan, but since he will 'pervert' that knowledge he is told bluntly to 'shut up'. This gospel is like a diptych. The first panel searches for Jesus' identity, the second one for the meaning and implications of that identity. This workshop reflects on details that guide the disciples (and the reader as well) to reach a full understanding, which in Mark they seem not to achieve. We may learn from them and not be too quick in claiming that we know who Jesus is.

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.


Tuesday, February 13-Friday, February 16, 2018

During these days of silence at the monastery, the whole Church begins the sacred season of Lent. Short reflections will be offered daily with a special emphasis on the traditional Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. The desert silence and the Liturgies of the monastery will provide an atmosphere conducive to deep reflection. This is a wonderful opportunity to make our Lenten pilgrimage more fruitful this year.

Presenter: Monks of Valyermo
Room, board, and tuition: $300 single; $262.50 each shared


PRIESTS' RETREAT: "God is Always on Time"
Monday, February 19-Friday, February 23, 2018

"God is always on Time" is the theme o this year's retreat. The centerpiece of our days together will be Peter Van Breemen's books The God of Our Deepest Longings and The God Who Won't Let Go. Pope Francis has said that we priests must ask ourselves: "What is the place of Jesus Christ in my priestly life? A living relationship between disciple and master, between brother and brother, between a poor man and God, or is it a little artificial not coming from the heart?" We will reflect on these important questions during our days of retreat.

Presenter: Fr. Joseph Brennan, OSB
Room, board, and tuition: $400 single

Fr. Joseph Brennan has been a monk of Valyermo since 1994 after having served as a parish priest in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for over 20 years. He is a spiritual director at the Cardinal Manning House of Prayer for priests in Los Angeles as well as St. Andrew's Prior.


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