June 2019

JUNE 2019

Friday, June 7-Sunday, June 9, 2019

This preached retreat is for oblates of St. Andrew's Abbey or anyone interested in Benedictine spirituality. The focus of the retreat is the Rule of St. Benedict and the liturgy of Pentecost.

Presenters: Monks of Valyermo
Room, board, and tuition: $275 single; $220 each shared


Wednesday, June 19, 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.



Wednesday, June 26-Friday, June 28, 2019

Discernment is an essential theme in the spiritual life. As we progress through our life, we constantly need to make practical decisions within the context of our values. These values are founded on our belief system, our culture, our understanding of and relationship with God. St. Benedict in his Rule is concerned that people (in fact, all of us) often make decisions based on self-will or personal preference rather than on the will of God. God intends our good. God's will calls us to become our 'best' self for the good of others. Pursuing the will of God is a way of pursuing the best in life and the best in ourselves as well.
This retreat will explore discernment as an ongoing process of spiritual growth
toward maturity in the Spirit.

Presenter: Fr. Francis Benedict, OSB
Room, board, and tuition: $220 single; $192.50 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 many responsibilities at the Abbey, he now serves as the Director of Oblates.


IN THE SPIRIT OF AA: A Twelve-Step Retreat
Friday, June 28-Sunday, June 30, 2019

Spend a weekend getting back to the key that unlocks the 12-Steps for those who follow them. We will take a slightly different approach to these conventional steps and traditions. Recovery can be a traumatic shock to the system, as are all experiences of God. We find God in adversity and weakness; in our common disease will be found our common strength and courage.

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.


GOD IN AMERICA: Judeo-Christian Values in American History
Saturday, June 29, 2019, 9:00a.m. to 3:30p.m.

There is ample evidence that America was founded on Judeo-Christian values. They are written in the Declaration of Independence, declared in the words of the Founding Fathers, memorialized in our National Monuments and heard in our Patriotic Music. Many State Constitutions begin with an expression of gratitude to God for the freedoms we cherish and enjoy. For over 200 years statesmen and leaders (American or not) have acknowledged the role of Providence in the life of this unique nation. This workshop will graphically present some of that evidence. You will find it entertaining, informative, and uplifting.

Presenter: John D'Isacco, Obl.OSB
Donation: $45 per person includes tuition, morning beverages, and lunch after Mass

John D'Isacco has been an Oblate of St. Andrew's Abbey since 2004. He attended the Pontifical College Josephinum from 1951 to 1962. He has a B.A. degree in Philosophy. In the 1960s, he served in the US Army as a German/Russian/English interpreter on the East/West German border. John has been teaching Scripture at American Martyrs, his parish in Manhattan Beach, for over 21 years. He and his wife have led four Pilgrimages to the Holy Land (100 pilgrims). He has pursued post-graduate studies in Theology at Loyola Marymount University.


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