May 2018

MAY 2018

PRIESTS' RETREAT: "God is Always on Time"
Monday, May 7 - Friday, May 11, 2018

"God is Always on Time" is the theme of 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. (This retreat is also offered February 19-23.)

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.


MARY: "Mystical Rose" -- Reflections on the Virgin Mary as Meditated by the Mystics

Friday, May 11 - Sunday, May 13, 2018

An exploration on the mystical life of Mary through various meditations on her person/role from a mystical perspective. This retreat is open to all who would like to enrich, or embark upon, their knowledge of and devotion to Mary, the Mother of God.

Presenter: Fr. Angelus Echeverry, OSB
Room, board, and tuition: $250 single / $200 each shared

Fr. Angelus Echeverry, OSB came to Valyermo in March of 2011, made Solemn Vows in May of 2016, and was ordained a Priest in June of 2017. He has a Masters in Classical Music Composition and is currently organist and assistant choir master. Father Angelus has a deep love for what he calls "the 4 M's of my life": music, the mystical life, the holy Mystery we call Trinity, and Mary, the Blessed Virgin, Mother of God.



Friday, May 18 - Sunday, May 20, 2018

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: $250 single / $200 each shared


Friday, May 25 - Sunday, May 27, 2018

This retreat is designed for married couples seeking to deepen their relationship with God and one another. It will address components of a healthy marriage and the challenges inherent in a lifetime of loving oneself and one's spouse. Both the spiritual and the psychological dimensions of the marital union will be explored. God is seen as the source of our being and of our being-in-relationship. Deep reflection on marriage as a vocation and a journey will surely increase our self-understanding and self-confidence in the fulfillment of our call.

Presenters: Fr. Francis Benedict, OSB & Maria Rohde, Obl. OSB
Room, board, tuition: $250 single / $200 each shared

Fr. Francis Benedict has been a monk of Valyermo since 1967. He earned an MA in Philosophy from Loyola-Marymount University and and 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.

Maria Rohde is an oblate of Valyermo and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She earned a BA in Psychology at UCLA and an MA in Community/Clinical Psychology at California State University Northridge. She has been in private practice in the Antelope Valley for 25 years and works primarily from a cognitive-behavioral perspective, specializing in treatment of anxiety disorders.


HILDEGARD OF BINGEN: Prophet of the Cosmic Christ
Monday, May 28-Friday, June 1, 2018

This retreat will focus on the spirituality of St. Hildegard, 12th century Benedictine abbess who was named Doctor of the Church by Pope Benedict XVI. We will consider selected passages of her writings, and in particular her Scivias, to come to a greater awareness of her Christology, her cosmology, and her monastic spirituality, as well as her "way of the heart" on the spiritual journey. Ample time for personal prayer and reflection will be provided.

Presenter: Fr. Stephen Coffey, OSB Cam
Room, board, and tuition: $400 single / $350 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.

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