AUTUMN ARTISTS' RETREAT Monday, November 2-Thursday, November 5, 2020
retreat is open to artists at all levels including beginners.
Photographers, sculptors, and writers are also welcome to come and
experience the colors and beauty of the high desert in the setting of
the monastery. Escape the stress of daily life while deepening a
spiritual vision in your art.
(A materials list will be provided.) Presenter: Deloris Haddow, Obl.OSB Room, board, and tuition: $330 single; $287.50 each shared
is an oblate of Valyermo. She is an artist and educator who studied in
Europe, Ukraine, and Iran. She is involved with the California Plein
Air Association and is a member of Faith and Forum, a liturgical art
organization. She is a spiritual director/facilitator for adults,
leading retreats and workshops on centering prayer.
GUESS WHAT'S COMING FOR DINNER!: A Cooking Retreat/Workshop Monday, November 9-Thursday, November 12, 2020
Once upon a time, up in the cold north, there was an elderly widower who grew quite fond of making a different soup each night of the week. You wouldn't believe what edible riches and delights the winter months provide for the pot of the stove. Come and spend a week of learning and fun in the monastery kitchen. Taste and see how good different veggies go together with legumes, with rice, with squash, mushrooms, breads ... you get the idea!
Presenter: Fr. Isaac Kalina, OSB Room, board, and tuition: $330 single; $287.50 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.
TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR LIFE Wednesday, November 11, 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.
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.
EDITH STEIN: Her Journey from Darkness into Light Thursday, November 12 - Sunday, November 15, 2020
us as we reflect on the life and times of Teresa Benedicta of the
Cross, a brilliant philosopher and poet, a mystic and searcher of the
truth, and a Jew-- a daughter of Israel. Her encounter with the cross in
the life of a Christian friend sparked an inner transformation that led
her baptism into the Catholic faith. Her reading of the life of Teresa
of Avila brought her to the door of the Cologne Carmel where she began
her contemplative journey as a Carmelite nun. Her Jewish identity and
her Catholic faith collided with the oppressive Nazi regime and led to
her martyrdom at Auschwitz.
Presenters: Fr. Joseph Brennan, OSB, Cheryl Evanson, Obl.OSB and Michaela Russell, Obl.OSB Room, board, and tuition: $330 single; $287.50 each shared
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.
is an oblate of Valyermo and former administrator of the Retreat Center
at St. Andrew's. She earned an MA in Education from the University of
Denver and was an educator/curriculum specialist for over 30 years. She
has facilitated retreats and workshops on team-building, balancing work
and prayer, women in scripture, and Edith Stein.
is an oblate of Valyermo. She has a BA in International Studies/East
Asia and a Graduate Certificate in Advanced International Affairs.
Michaela spent many years in Asia and is fluent in Mandarin. She has
co-facilitated retreats on the desert mothers, women in scripture, and
PRIESTS' RETREAT: Thriving in the Call of God Monday, November 16-Friday, November 20, 2020
These days together will explore those elements of our spiritual and ministerial life that bring deep fulfillment and soul satisfaction: prayer, mindfulness, personal presence to others, joy in the celebration of the Eucharist and the Sacraments, and the remembering of all God's good gifts.
Presenter: Fr. Francis Benedict, OSB Room, board, and tuition: $440 single
Father 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.
GOD IN AMERICA: JUDEO-CHRISTIAN VALUES IN AMERICAN HISTORY Saturday, November 21, 2020 9:00a.m.-3:30p.m.
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.
(This retreat is also offered June 27, 2020)
Presenter: John D'Isacco, Obl. OSB Donation: $45 per person includes tuition, morning beverages, and lunch after Mass.
has been an Oblate of St. Andrew's Abbey since 2004. He
attended the Pontifical Collage 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 in 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.
THANKSGIVING AT VALYERMO Wednesday, November 25-Friday, November 27, 2020
non-directed retreat provides time to reflect on all God has given to
us and to enjoy the festive celebration of Thanksgiving with the
Room and board: $220 single; $192.50 each shared
ADVENT RETREAT Friday, November 27-Sunday, November 29, 2020
this first weekend of Advent we will offer a potpourri of monastic
insights, enabling participants to experience the Advent season as a
time rooted in scripture, history, art, music, and liturgy.
Presenters: Monks of Valyermo Room, board, and tuition: $275 single; $220 each shared