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Saturday, February 9, 2019, 9:00am-4:00pm

God is love, but really experiencing God's love is sometimes difficult. Once mankind lived in perfect community with God, we were designed for this. His love and provision were real and tangible. But our fallen nature and ongoing rebellion has caused us to doubt God's love for us. We struggle to accept His mercy, yet our soul desires it.

Intentionally offered during the over-sentimentalized season of Valentine's Day, this retreat offers you the unique opportunity to explore the reality of God's love for you. Based on Saint Bernard's "Four Degrees of Love," short reflections and quiet activities will provide the framework for exploring the soul's journey back to a restored relationship with God.

Presenter: Lisa Marion, Obl.OSB
Donation: $45 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. For more information about Lisa and her ministry visit: - subscribe to join her growing community of those seeking peace and spiritual growth.


THE MARK TRADITION: Now You See It, Now You Don't
Wednesday, February 20-Friday, February 22, 2019

Mark's gospel is quite a challenge to its reader/believer. The very first verse declares: "Here begins the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God." The reader is the outsider looking in and observing that the disciples and apostles see something but don't get it. The only one who does is Satan, but since he will "pervert" that knowledge he is told bluntly to 'shut up'. This gospel is like a diptych. The first panel searches for Jesus' identity, the second one for the meaning and implications of that identity. This workshop reflects on details that guide the disciples (and the reader as well) to reach a full understanding, which in Mark they seem not to achieve. We may learn from them and not be too quick in claiming that we know who Jesus is.

Presenter: Tony Verhallen
Room, board, tuition: $220 single; $192.50 each shared

Tony Verhallen is a retired high school teacher. He taught courses of Ethics, Church History, and Scripture at Pius X High School in Downey, St. Bernard High School in Playa del Rey, and Servite High School in Anaheim. He does volunteer work 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.