September 2018


THE JOHN TRADITION: All the Love That You Need
Wednesday, September 5 - Friday, September 7, 2018

John's gospel was finalized almost seventy years after the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus. A Christian community, often referred to as the Johannine community, reflects an early Christian tradition that included Jewish, Samaritan, and Gentile cultures. As we read through John's gospel we see how each of the miracles, which John calls 'signs', are followed by reflections and interpretations of their deeper spiritual meaning, which show how Jesus makes the Father present to us. In John, Jesus is sent from above. The synoptics, Matthew, Mark, and Luke, show Jesus more in his human dimension. John's gospel is what we could call the gospel of the mystics, a meditation on Jesus the Christ. In our reflections we will pay attention to how Jesus makes the Father present to us by looking at the over-all structure: the "Book of Signs" and the "Book of Glory".

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.


Viernes, 7 de Septiembre - Domingo, 9 de Septiembre

¿Qué debo hacer? Es la pregunta clásica que nos hacemos la mayor parte del tiempo especialmente aquellos que anhelan tener una intimidad con Dios y no se sienten satisfechos. Hay momentos donde el ser humano experimenta una «añoranza santa» y al mismo tiempo desean llenar sus vacíos emocionales y espirituales, pero no saben cómo. ¿Cómo discernir la voluntad de Dios? ¿Qué debo hacer? ¿Cómo sé que lo que estoy haciendo complace el corazón de Dios? Durante este retiro exploraremos cómo Dios trata siempre de comunicarse con el ser humano para manifestarle su Voluntad; y al mismo tiempo trataremos de contestar estas y otras preguntas sabiendo que el discernimiento requiere escuchar atentamente al Espíritu de Dios, que nos invita a la santidad y una vida ejemplar.

Presentador: Carlos Obando, Obl.OSB
Donación: $180 una persona / $150 por persona compartido

Carlos Obando nació en Costa Rica y vive en Los Estados Unidos desde 1966. Está casado, tiene tres hijos y tres nietos. En al año 2009 obtuvo una maestría de la Universidad de Loyola Marymount, Los Angeles, en Teología Pastoral, es instructor en la Universidad de Loyola en el Centro de Religión y Espiritualidad, el Instituto para el Ministerio Pastoral y también para la Escuela de la Renovación Carismática en la Diócesis de Orange. Ha sido Director Espiritual por más de 20 años. Trabaja con la comunidad hispana desde 1979 en los condados de Los Ángeles y Orange en la formación de líderes y dando retiros a jóvenes y adultos.


Friday, September 21 - Sunday, September 23, 2018

One of the three vows monks take when entering a monastic community is that of Obedience. The root of the word obedience means "to hear," which makes the first word of the Rule of Benedict all the more key to the monastic journey of obedience: Listen!

This workshop will use the film Entertaining Angels, which tells the story of Dorothy Day, to reflect on the dynamics of obedience in our lives. Participants will learn about monastic obedience in history and at Valyermo, will use the life and actions of Dorothy Day (who was a Benedictine oblate) to illustrate the key concepts of obedience, and will reflect on how this is made real in their own personal and work lives.

Presenter: Michael Carey, Ph.D; Obl.OSB
Room, board, and tuition: $250 single / $200 each shared

Dr. Michael Carey is an oblate of Valyermo. He an Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership at 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 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.


Friday, September 28 - Sunday, September 30, 2018

A rich heritage of "wisdom literature" on contemplative prayer, discernment, and community life is available to all Christians through the literature of the early monastic movement. This workshop will provide an introduction to our monastic heritage by inviting participants to read, study, and pray texts and traditions from spiritual master of the fourth and early fifth centuries.

Topics for study will include: "The desert - a place of repentance and transformation;" "The rhythm of spiritual growth - From inner struggle to contemplative vision;" "Reading and praying the scriptures in the desert;" and "Spiritual direction and teaching in the desert". Participants are encouraged (but not required!) to have purchased and read beforehand The Sayings of the Desert Fathers, tr. By Benedicta Ward (Cistercian Press), available in the Abbey Art Shop. Additional texts, including the Life and Letter of St. Anthony, will be provided as handouts to workshop participants.

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

Fr. Luke Dysinger has been a monk of Valyermo since 1976. He is a priest and a physician who writes and teaches in the fields of mystical theology and biomedical ethics. He earned a Ph.D. at Oxford University and currently teaches at St. John's Seminary in Camarillo, CA as well as online courses.


Saturday, September 29, 2018

Got a ton of things to do for the holiday season? Well...add one more thing to your list, this retreat!

Take some time BEFORE the chaos engulfs you to examine your expectations, understand your motivations, and develop a rule to guide you through the season.

ALL with the goal of not losing your sanity, and finding an inner peace you might not have known possible.

Practical, fun, and just one day!!

Presenter: Lisa Marion
Donation: $40 per person, includes tuition, morning beverages, and lunch after Mass

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. Having experienced many seasons of trial and suffering, Lisa is well equipped to journey with others through their own trails and seasons of struggle. Her attunement to the Holy Spirit makes her uniquely gifted for this ministry. For more information about Lisa and her ministry visit: -- subscribe to join her growing community of those seeking peace and spiritual growth.


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