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MAY 2019

PRIESTS' RETREAT: Walking in the Way of the Heart Through the Gospel of John--Rekindling the mystical dimension of our priestly life and ministry
Monday, May 6-Friday, May 10, 2019

To aid us on our journey together during these days of retreat we will be reflecting on two works: Drawn into the Mystery of Jesus through the Gospel of John by Jean Vanier, and Written That You May Believe: Encountering Jesus in the Fourth Gospel by Sandra M. Schneiders. (This retreat is also offered March 25-29)

Presenter: Fr. Joseph Brennan
Room, board, and tuition: $440 single

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.


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Friday, May 10-Sunday, May 12, 2019

Presenter: Fr. Francis Benedict, OSB
Room, board, tuition: $275 single; $220 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.


THE MATTHEW TRADITION: Moses, New and Improved
Wednesday, May 15-Friday, May 17, 2019

Matthew's gospel is considered the most Jewish of the gospels. It refers to Jewish customs without further explaining them and repeatedly shows how Jesus fulfilled what the prophets had said in the past. The structure of the gospel can be divided into five major parts, framed by the infancy account and the Passion account. In these five sections Matthew challenges us to adopt the New Law that Jesus lays out in the Sermon on the Mount. Because of its five-part structure Matthew is sometimes referred to as the Pentateuch of the New Testament. We will explore how Jesus declares that one must internalize the Law and shows that realizing the Beatitudes in our lives will build the Kingdom of Heaven. Chapters 23 through 25 give us the final test to see how much more we need to grow or "qualify" as hypocrites.

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

Tony Verhallen is a retired high school teacher. He earned his MA in Theology from St. Mary's College, Moraga, CA, and 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.


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Friday, May 24-Sunday, May 26, 2019

Presenter: Fr. Luke Dysinger, OSB
Room, board and tuition: $275 single; $220 each shared

Fr. Luke Dysinger has been a monk of Valyermo since 1976. He is a priest and a physician who writes and teaches in the fields of mystical theology and biomedical ethics. He earned a Ph.D. at Oxford University and currently teaches at St. John's Seminary in Camarillo, CA as well as online courses.


Monday, May 26-Friday, May 31, 2019

Presenter: Fr. Stephen Coffey
Room, board and tuition: $440 single; $385 each shared

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.


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Friday, May 31-Sunday, June 2, 2019

Presenter: Fr. Aelred Niespolo, OSB
Room, board and tuition: $275 single; $220 each shared

Fr. Aelred Niespolo 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.