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JUNE 2019

Friday, June 7-Sunday, June 9, 2019

This preached retreat is for oblates of St. Andrew's Abbey or anyone interested in Benedictine spirituality. The focus of the retreat is the Rule of St. Benedict and the liturgy of Pentecost.

Presenters: Monks of Valyermo
Room, board, and tuition: $275 single; $220 each shared



Wednesday, June 26-Friday, June 28, 2019

Discernment is an essential theme in the spiritual life. As we progress through our 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 the will of God. 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: $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.


IN THE SPIRIT OF AA: A Twelve-Step Retreat
Friday, June 28-Sunday, June 30, 2019

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: $275 single; $220 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.


THE PENTATEUCH OF THE NEW TESTAMENT: The Gospel According to Matthew
Saturday, June 29, 2019 9:00a.m.-3:30p.m.

We will look at the five-part structure of Matthew's Gospel and pay attention to the evolution that takes place. In a sense Jesus challenges the Torah, or rather the limited interpretation Jewish leaders gave to it. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus calls upon his hearers to internalize the Torah. As the Pentateuch follows the development of the escaped slaves into the people of Israel, so does Matthew show Jesus guiding the believers to become the New Israel.

Presenter: Tony Verhallen
Donation: $45 per person includes tuition, morning beverages, and lunch after Mass

Tony Verhallen is a retired high school teacher. He taught courses on 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.