You are here:Home > Retreats > Preached Retreats 2018-2019 > September 2019

The Monkhood of All Believers
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. SB; Ph.D.
Room, board, and tuition: $275 single; $220 each shared

The Rev. Dr. Greg Peters, Obl SB, 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.


[TITLE/DESCRIPTION to be confirmed]
Friday, September 27-Sunday, September 29, 2019

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-3:30pm

[DESCRIPTION to be confirmed]

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.