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"Chosen, Blessed, Broken, Given"-Henri Nouwen on Our Life As the Beloved LOVE WAS HIS MEANING: The Spirituality of Julian of Norwich

LEADERSHIP AND THE RULE OF BENEDICT: Community In the Time of Social Distancing VIA ZOOM
Friday, October 2 - Sunday, October 4, 2020

St. Benedict understood that life lived in community was essential to the spiritual growth of the individual monk, and we know how important it is for our own health and development to have a community of people who both support and challenge us. What can we learn from the Benedictine dynamics of stability, obedience, and conversatio—which monks commit to when entering the monastery—to assist us as we form community in the time of social distancing? This workshop includes small group interactions on questions related to the practice of relationship during the current pandemic.

Michael Carey, Obl.OSB; Ph.D.
Session Times:
Saturday 9:00am, 11:00am, 3:00pm, 7:00pm
Sun 9:00am, 11:00am

Dr. Michael Carey is an oblate of Valyermo. He is an Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. He has taught leadership studies at the graduate level for 33 years at Gonzaga and works to ensure that Gonazaga's graduate leadership 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.

Leadership and the Rule of Benedict: Community In the Time of Social Distancing VIA ZOOM

LOVE WAS HIS MEANING: The Spirituality of Julian of Norwich VIA ZOOM
Friday, October 9-Sunday, October 11, 2020

This retreat will explore major themes from Julian of Norwich's spiritual masterpiece Revelations of Divine Love. Julian was a 14th century English anchoress living in seclusion in her native Norwich. She experienced a series of 16 revelations of Christ Crucified while on her sickbed and spent the next decades of her life reflecting on their meaning. She is known for her profound saying: "Indeed all manner of things shall be very well!" The retreat will provide time for lectio divina on selections of her text as well as time for personal prayer and reflection.

Presenter: Fr. Stephen Coffey, OSB Cam
Session Times:
Saturday 9:00am, 11:00am, 3:00pm, 7:00pm
Sun 9:00am, 11:00am

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.

LOVE WAS HIS MEANING: The Spirituality of Julian of Norwich

Wednesday, October 14, 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.

"Chosen, Blessed, Broken Given" -HENRI NOUWEN on Our Life as the Beloved
Friday, October 16-Sunday, October 18, 2020

With Nouwen as our inspiration, we will explore together the profound dynamics of our spiritual life as God’s beloved--- chosen and blessed before the foundation of the world while at the same time representing a life that is broken and given as bread for others. Through a combination of guided teaching, personal reflection and communal interaction, we hope to imbibe in us what it truly means to be, to become, and to live our life as the Beloved amidst our increasingly challenging world.

Presenter: Wil Hernandez, PhD, Obl. OSB

Wil Hernandez, PhD, Obl. OSB, is an international retreat leader, spiritual director, and author of several books on Nouwen. A Benedictine oblate of Saint Andrew’s Abbey in Valyermo, CA, he

devotes a lot of his time propagating the enduring legacy of Nouwen through retreats, courses, workshops that he conducts all over the US, Canada, and abroad. Aside from managing the Nouwen Legacy Associates (, Wil serves as the executive director of CenterQuest – an ecumenical hub for the study and practice of Christian spirituality (

"Chosen, Blessed, Broken, Given"-Henri Nouwen on Our Life As the Beloved


Monday, October 19-Thursday, October 22, 2020

This retreat will be inspired by research and by many writers' reflections on spirituality for the second half of life. Creative living within the season of wisdom, greater and ongoing maturation, and positive transformation of the inner life will be some of the meditations for a full life in the Spirit. Experiencing limitations during one's aging process will be explored as opportunities for transcendence and spiritual fecundity that could not be profoundly realized in earlier seasons of growth.

Presenters: Fr. Francis Benedict, OSB and Diane Bunker, Obl.OSB; Ph.D.; M.Div.
Room, board, and tuition: $330 single; $287.50 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 spiriutal 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.

Dr. Diane Bunker is a retired psychologist who worked with older people receiving care in Rehabilitation Medicine and Hospice. She obtained her M.Div. and Ph.D. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. She comes with a wealth of personal, professional, and pastoral experience.

STILL FULL OF SAP, STILL GREEN: A Spirituality of Aging