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AUGUST 2019

LEADERSHIP & THE RULE: The Wisdom of Community
Friday, August 9-Sunday, August 11, 2019

St. Benedict developed a written Rule that set up the conditions by which the individual could grow and become an instrument of God's will in the world. This retreat/workshop examines the background and contents of the Rule of Benedict and proposes four key dynamics that may allow twenty-first century people to learn from the wisdom of the sixth-century monks: community, hospitality, humility, and charity.

Presenters: Michael Carey, Obl.OSB; Ph.D & Fr. Francis Benedict, OSB
Room, board, and tuition: $275 single; $220 each shared

Dr. Michael Carey is an oblate of Valyermo. He is an Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership of Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. He has taught leadership studies at the graduate level for 30 years at Gonzaga and works to ensure that Gonzaga's graduate leadership programs follow in the tradition of Jesuit education that stretches back to St. Ignatius of Loyola. But his first love is St. Benedict and the community of St. Andrew's Abbey, which he has been connected to since 1971.

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.


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THE LUKE TRADITION: Poor Lives Matter
Wednesday, August 14-Friday, August 16, 2019

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 lord 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 close attention to the marginalized in our society.

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 an 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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PRAYING IN THE CIRCLE OF ST. JOHN
Friday, August 16-Sunday, August 18, 2019

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: $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.


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WHO AM I? Meeting the Self in the Prodigal Son
Friday, August 23-Sunday, August 25, 2019

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 the 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 bases of this retreat.

Presenters: Reese Landi, Obl.OSB & Mary Kauffman, Obl.OSB
Room, board, and tuition: $275 single; $220 each shared

Reese Landi is an oblate of Valyermo and has worked in Orange County as an 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 that uses art as therapy for Wounded Warriors, battered women, autistic children, pediatric cancer patients, and others.

Mary Kauffman is an oblate of Valyermo. 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.


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Friday, August 30-Sunday, September 1, 2019

Presenters: Fr. Francis Benedict, OSB & Yvonne Wilber, Obl.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 the many responsibilities at the Abbey, he now serves as the Director of Oblates.

Yvonne Comstock Wilber
is an academic librarian at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. She has two master's degrees, one in intellectual leadership and one in library science. Yvonne is a Ph.D. candidate in philosophy at Faulkner University and her particular research interests are in the study of the modern Subject, Mass Man, human authenticity, and the intersection of theology and philosophy.