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Friday, September 6-Sunday, September 8, 2019

This retreat will offer an exploration on the meaning of "monk" from various early and medieval sources. A monk is simply one who is single-mindedly devoted to God despite being associated with institutional forms. By drawing upon medieval sources such as Robert de Sorbon's sermon on marriage and The Abbey of the Holy Ghost, the more recent Russian Orthodox writer Paul Evdokimov, as well as Luther's and Calvin's critiques of the institutions of monasticism, the retreat presents an "ecumenical theology of monasticism."

Presenter: Rev. Greg Peters, Obl.OSB; Ph.D.
Room, board, and tuition: $275 single; $220 each shared

The Rev. Dr. Greg Peters, OblSB, is Associate Professor of Medieval and Spiritual Theology at Biola University, La Mirada, CA. He is also an Anglican priest serving as Rector of Anglican Church of the Epiphany, also in La Mirada. He is the author of Reforming the Monastery: Protestant Theologies of the Religious Life, The Story of Monasticism: Retrieving an Ancient Tradition for Contemporary Spirituality and forthcoming The Monkhood of All Believers: The Monastic Foundation of Christian Spirituality.


Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 10:00a.m.-3:00p.m.

Life has way of making so many demands on our time and energy. Sometimes the harder we try the more frustrating it can become. Taking time out to slow down and refocus can do wonders for our mind, body and spirit.

Life often offers us many challenges but you do not have to go it alone. On this one-day retreat to be offered one Wednesday each month, you will learn some very valuable and workable techniques that can assist you in your daily life. Christ is present among us and offers us His "Light" to guide our way. It is possible to turn a life of chaos into a life of peace and calm.

Sr. Joan Marie Sasse, OSB
$45 per person includes tuition, morning beverages, and lunch after Mass

Sr. Joan Marie Sasse
is a Benedictine Sister who was a member of Holy Spirit Monastery in Grand Terrace for many years. When the Community left California in 2012, she joined St. Lucy's Benedictine Community in Glendora. Sr. Joan Marie has earned degrees in Education, Theology, and Neuro Linguistic Programming. She was a teacher and school administrator in various elementary schools for over twenty years and served as a Parish Administrator or Pastoral Associate for thirteen years. Sr. Joan Marie was a Retreat Director at Serra Retreat House in Malibu for five years where she published five Meditation CD's and two CD's for self-improvement. Sr. Joan Marie currently gives weekly Retreats at Grand Terrace, CA.


BECOMING THE PRAISE OF HIS GLORY: The Spirituality of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity

Monday, September 23-Friday, September 27, 2019

This retreat will focus on the spiritual writings of Elizabeth of the Trinity, early-20th century French Carmelite nun recently canonized by Pope Francis. Retreatants will learn the major themes of her spiritual teaching through conferences and reflection on significant texts she composed during her 5 years as a Carmelite, prior to her death in 1906 at age 26. Her spirituality is rooted in the hymn that begins the letter to the Ephesians, from which the drew her understanding of her vocation "to become the praise of His glory."

Presenter: Fr. Stephen Coffey, OSB Cam
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.


ACCEPTING THE EMBRACE OF GOD: The Ancient Art of Lectio Divina
Friday, September 27-Sunday, September 29, 2019

Lectio divina,
the ancient Christian art of praying the scriptures, is a way of allowing the Bible, the Word of God, to become a means of union with God: in other words, through lectio divina, the reading of sacred scripture becomes the gateway to contemplative prayer. In this workshop, ancient and modern approaches to the practice of lectio divina, as well as its application to the practice of contemplative prayer will be studied and practiced.

Presenter: Fr. Luke Dysinger, OSB; Ph.D; M.D.
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.



Saturday, September 28, 2019, 9:00am-4:00pm

We all desire to hear God's voice, but it often seems elusive, or indiscernible amid the daily noise of life. Do you want to hear the voice of God? Do you have questions you're struggling with? Has God been quiet?

Perhaps you're not sure what his voice sounds like, or how to even discern it amid the numerous voices in your head. In a world where we have distractions to our distractions God still desires to speak to us. He has never been a God who hides, or obscures himself. He is a God who encourages us to seek Him, to listen for His voice.

This retreat will offer both instruction and practice in listening for God's voice. There are time-tested methods of hearing God, most of which can only be experienced in silence and solitude. Join us for a day of withdrawal; a day to learn new methods for listening and the opportunity to practice them.

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.