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JULY 2019

[TITLE/DESCRIPTION to be confirmed]
Friday, July 5-July 7, 2019


Presenter: Sr. Gertrude Gillette
Room, board, and tuition: $275 single; $220 each shared

Sr. Gertrude Gillette received her Ph.D. in the Fathers of the Church from the Catholic University of America and her STL in Monastic Studies at Sant' Anselmo in Rome. She lives in Davidson, NC and is one of the founders of The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Peace.


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BENEDICTINE SPIRITUALITY: Monastic Virtues in the Rule of St. Benedict
Monday, July 8-Friday, July 12, 2019

Fidelity to prayer [the Work of God, lectio divina & silence], obedience to the Rule, the Abbot & to one another; the Abbot's pastoral care for the monls [virtues of leadership]; humility before God & in life with the brethren; hospitality; care of the elderly and the young; generosity in work & charity; punctuality & respect; forgiveness.

Presenters: Fr. Francis Benedict, OSB & Audrey Spindler, Obl.OSB; Ph.D
Room, board, and tuition: $440 single; $385 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.

Dr. Audrey Spindler is an oblate of Valyermo and a presenter and facilitator of Centering Prayer under Contemplative Outreach. Having earned her Ph.D. and RD, she is a former professor of Foods and Nutrition and Director of the Didactic Program of Dietetics in the School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences at State University. She received over 10 teaching awards and published more than 40 refereed papers.


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SPIRITUAL GIFTS
Friday, July 12-Sunday, July 14, 2019

Presenter: Lisa Marion, Obl.OSB
Room, board, and tuition: $275 single; $220 each shared

Lisa Marion is an oblate of Valyermo and Spiritual Director in Orange County. An energetic leader, she has over 25 years of pastoral experiences 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: www.dailypax.com -- subscribe to join her growing community of those seeking peace and spiritual growth.


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SUMMER DANCE WORKSHOP: Subtitle TBA

Friday, July 19-Sunday, July 21, 2019


Presenter: John West, Obl.OSB
Room, board, and tuition: $275 single; $220 each shared

John West is an oblate of Valyermo and the founder of the Valyermo Dancers. A gifted dancer, choreographer, and liturgist, he has been conducting dance workshops at St. Andrew's for many years. He is also a lecturer and educator at the international and national collegiate and university levels. His professional associations include membership in the prestigious North American Academy of Liturgy.


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[UNCONFIRMED]
Monday, July 22-Friday, July 26, 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, 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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CONTEMPORARY CINEMA & SPIRITUALITY: Summer Session
Friday, July 26-Sunday, July 28, 2019

The greatest human and spiritual truths are often embodied in stories and narratives. Today much of the burden of storytelling is carried by movies. We will view four mainstream films and have intensive discussions on how spiritual realities are shown through their pets, symbols, acting, and so forth. These films will be chosen around a theme and are traditionally kept a mystery. This workshop seeks to raise and focus consciousness of the medium and offer ways to use it in the ongoing project of spiritual growth. (The winter session is offered January 11-13.)

Presenter: Nikki Tucker, Obl.OSB
Room, board, and tuition: $275 single; $220 each shared

Nikki Tucker is an oblate of Valyermo and a private Marriage and Family Therapist. She earned a BA in Art History at UCLA with a focus on Medieval Art and an MA at Fuller Seminary. She has lectured and given retreats on art and spirituality and has facilitated several cinema workshops.


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[TITLE/DESCRIPTION to be confirmed]
Monday, July 29-Friday, August 2, 2019


Presenters: Fr. Francis Benedict, OSB & Audrey Spindler, Obl.OSB; Ph.D
Room, board, and tuition: $440 single; $385 each shared

Fr. Francis Benedict has been a monk of Valyermo since 1967. He earned an MA in Philosophy from Loyola-Marymount University and a MS in Theology from Mr. 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.

Dr. Audrey Spindler is an oblate of Valyermo and a presenter and facilitator of Centering Prayer under Contemplative Outreach. Having earned her Ph.D. and RD, she is a former professor of Foods and Nutrition and Director of the Didactic Program of Dietetics in the School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences at State University. She received over 10 teaching awards and published more than 40 refereed papers.