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JUNE 2018

LEISURE AND SECULAR: Relationship between Faith and Activity

Friday, June 1 - Sunday, June 3, 2018

Leisure is looked at in this workshop as both an attitude of mind and as a condition for spiritual growth: it fosters the capacity, if properly used, to grasp the reality and mystery of the world, and our place in the world. Leisure: The Basis of Culture, by Josef Pieper will be the text used for discussions. Participants in the workshop are asked to read, before initial meeting, the first of the two essays in the book, chapters I-V.

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

Fr. Aelred Neispolo has been a monk of Valyermo since 2001 and was ordained to the priesthood in 2005. Having completed the Master of Theology program at Oxford University, he teaches at St. John's Seminary in Camarillo. He has served as the editor of the Valyermo Chronicle and as Director of Oblates.


LEISURE AND SECULAR
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IN THE SPIRIT OF AA: A 12-Step Retreat
Friday, June 8 - Sunday, June 10, 2018

Spend a weekend getting back to the key that unlocks the 12-Steps for those who follow them. We will take a slightly different approach to these conventional steps and traditions. Recovery can be a traumatic shock to the system, as are all experiences of God. We find God in adversity and weakness; in our common disease will be found our common strength and courage.

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

Fr. Isaac Kalina has been a monk of Valyermo since 1984. Having completed his theological degree in Roma 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.


IN THE SPIRIT
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THE LUKE TRADITION: Poor Lives Matter
Wednesday, June 13 - Friday June 15, 2018

Luke's gospel and Acts of the Apostles present Jesus as the Lord of the universe. The infancy narrative sets the tone for the gospel and Acts; it's like a prelude that shows us what to look for: Christ is the new Adam the Lord of the universe and of all mankind's history. Luke reminds us of the book of Deuteronomy, which repeatedly declares that God is a God of the widow, the orphan, and the alien. Luke shows how the Lord reaches out to the poor and the 'insignificant people'. Therefore, he is the true Lord, not the kind of old the Emperors of his time claimed to be. We will explore how in the gospel and in Acts, Jesus and the disciples journey to Jerusalem where Jesus' mission gets validated and continue toward Rome where Christ and his message reach the 'ends of the earth'. In addition we reflect on how the Jesus of the Luke tradition challenges us to pay attention close attention to the marginalized in our society.

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.


LUKE TRADITION
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WHO AM I? Meeting the Self in The Prodigal Son
Saturday, June 16, 2018 9:00a.m.-4:00p.m.

St. Luke, Rembrandt, and Henri Nouwen are our human guides as we examine and discern the different spiritual states revealed in Holy Scripture's parable of The Prodigal Son. Art, writing, and personal experience combine to help us realize the broader implications of this narrative and how they apply to our own lives. Careful attention to art, close reading of texts, personal reflection, and discussion will form the basis of this retreat.

Presenters: Reese Landi, Obl. OSB & Mary Kaufman, Obl. OSB
Donation: $40 per person

Reese Landi is an oblate of Valyermo and has worked in Orange County as a RN for 30 years in critical care and recovery. In addition to her BS in Nursing, she is a life-long artist who is certified through Brandman University to work with Art & Creativity for Healing, a non-profit group who uses art as therapy for Wounded Warriors, battered women, autistic children, pediatric cancer patients, and others.

Mary Kauffman has been an Oblate of Valyermo since 1997. She has an MA in English and has taught ESL, various levels of English and writing, and literature courses at several colleges in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas. Now retired, she enjoys sharing her love of reading and writing through participation in different reading and literary groups, particularly those with an emphasis on discovering the transcendent and increasing our Christian awareness through exploration of the written word.

MEETING SELF
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DISCERNMENT IN DAILY LIFE
Wednesday, June 27 - Friday, June 29, 2018

Discernment is an essential theme in the spiritual life. As we progress through life, we constantly need to make practical decisions within the context of our values. These values are founded on our belief system, our culture, our understanding of and relationship with God. St. Benedict in his Rule is concerned that people (in fact, all of us) often make decisions based on self-will or personal preference rather than on God's will. God intends our good. God's will calls us to become our "best" self for the good of others. Pursuing the will of God is a way of pursuing the best in life and the best in ourselves as well. This retreat will explore discernment as an ongoing process of spiritual growth toward maturity in the Spirit.

Presenter: Fr. Francis Benedict, OSB
Room, board, and tuition: $200 single / $175 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 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.


DISCERNMENT IN DAILY LIFE
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PRAYING IN THE CIRCLE OF ST. JOHN
Friday, June 29 - Sunday, July 1, 2018

The literature bearing the name of John--a Gospel, three letters, and the Book of Revelation--comprises some of the latest New Testament documents to have been written. Disparate in literary style and quality, these texts nevertheless reflect to varying degrees an outlook on the Christian mystery associated with what might be called the "circle" of Christians influenced by St. John the Apostle. In the course of this retreat, you will be invited to allow themes characteristic of Johannine literature to draw you into prayer as it were in the company of John's circle.

Presenter: Fr. Isaac Kalina, OSB
Room, board, and tuition: $250 single / $200 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 as 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.


PRAYING IN THE CIRCLE