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Friday, September 4-Sunday, September 6, 2020

Henri Nouwen embodied soul care--in the way he cared for his own soul and the souls of others. In this retreat we will focus on how we too can engage in deep, personal soul work that stands to benefit us and the people we care about. Through Nouwen's rich insights and lived example we will learn how to care primarily for our own souls in order that we can more effectively companion other souls in their spiritual journey--whether as a spiritual friend, guide, mentor, or spiritual director.
Presenter: Wil Hernandez, Obl.OSB; Ph.D
Room, board, and tuition: $275 single; $220 each shared
Wil Hernandez is an oblate of Valyermo. He is an international retreat leader, spiritual director and author of a trilogy in Henri Nouwen plus a recently published work entitled Mere Spirituality: The Spiritual Life According to Henri Nouwen. He currently serves as the executive director of CenterQuest - an ecumenical hub for the study and practice of Christian spirituality ( which hosts a hybrid School of Spiritual Direction.

Monday, September 7-Friday, September 11, 2020

This retreat will take a look at 4 monastic figures: Amma Syncletica, St Benedict, St Hildegard and Thomas Merton and their corresponding archetypes: the warrior, the sage, the visionary and the inner monk. Each day will include an introduction to the figure, lectio divina on the theme, visio divina of an icon of the figure, and personal reflection on the archetype and its shadow through mandala making. Let figures from our sacred tradition become relevant to our lives as they help us to illuminate parts of ourselves that need further development to grow in wholeness and in our relationship to God.

Presenter: Fr. Stephen Coffey, OSB Cam
Session Times: TBA

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 hold degrees in Christian Spirituality from Creighton in Omaha and in Pastoral Leadership from Chaminade in Honolulu.


Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 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, 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.

CHRIST AT THE END OF LIFE: Catholic Teaching on Palliative Care and Physician-Assisted Suicide VIA ZOOM
Friday, September 18-Sunday, September 20, 2020

In this workshop we will study together the rich and ancient Catholic tradition concerning medical care at the end of life. There is great confusion and misunderstanding on these subjects in our day, particularly since the recent legalization of physician-assisted suicide in California. We will acquaint ourselves with the need for pastoral, balanced approach to these difficult issues in light of authentic Catholic magisterial teaching.

Presenter: Fr. Luke Dysinger, OSB; Ph.D; M.D.

Session Times: TBA

Fr. Luke Dysinger has been a monk of Valyermo since 1980. He is a priest and a physician who writes and teaches in the fields of mystical theology and biomedical ethics. He received a D.Phil. in patristics at Oxford University and is professor of church history and moral theology at St. John's Seminary in Camarillo, CA.