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OCTOBER 2019

THE JOHN TRADITION: All You Need is Love
Wednesday, October 2-Friday, October 4, 2019

John's gospel was finalized almost seventy years after the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus. A Christian community, often referred to as the Johannine community, reflects an early Christian tradition that included Jewish, Samaritan, and Gentile cultures. In John's gospel we see how each of the miracles, which John calls "signs," are followed by reflections and interpretations of their deeper spiritual meaning, which show how Jesus makes the Father present to us. The synoptics -- Matthew, Mark, and Luke -- show Jesus more in his human dimension. John's gospel is what we could call the gospel of the mystics, a meditation on Jesus the Christ. In our reflections we will pay attention to how Jesus makes the Father present to us by looking at the over-all structure: the "Book of Signs" and the "Book of Glory."

Presenter: Tony Verhallen
Room, board, and tuition: $220 single; $192.50 each shared

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


THE JOHN TRADITION
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ARE WE SILENT ENOUGH TO SEE THE FATHER THROUGH JESUS? The Gospel According to John
Saturday, October 19, 2019, 9:00a.m.-3:30p.m.

We will look at the two-part structure of John's Gospel. In the first half, John calls Jesus' miracles 'signs' and uses them for meditation on the deeper meaning of each. Strikingly, Jesus' preparation for his suffering and even the passion itself belong to his glory. We will pay attention to highlights that could draw us into a deeper understanding of who Jesus is and how he makes the Father visible to us.

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 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 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.


GOSPEL OF JOHN
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STILL FULL OF SAP, STILL GREEN: A Spirituality of Aging
Monday, October 21-Thursday, October 24, 2019

This retreat will be inspired by research and by many writers' reflections on a spirituality for the second half of life. Creative living within the season of wisdom, greater and ongoing maturation, and positive transformation of the inner life will be some of the meditations for a full life in the Spirit. Experiencing limitations during one's aging process will be explored as opportunities for transcendence and spiritual fecundity that could not be profoundly realized in earlier seasons of growth.

Presenters: Fr. Francis Benedict, OSB & Diane Bunker, Obl.OSB;Ph.D.;M.Div.
Room, board, and tuition: $330 single; $287.50 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 spiriutal 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. Diane Bunker is a retired psychologist who worked with older people receiving care in Rehabilitation Medicine and Hospice. She obtained her M.Div. and Ph.D. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. She comes with a wealth of personal, professional, and pastoral experience.


A Spirituality of Aging
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EDITH STEIN: Her Journey from Darkness into Light

Thursday, October 31-Sunday, November 3, 2019

Join us as we reflect on the life and times of Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, a brilliant philosopher and poet, a mystic and searcher of the truth, and a Jew -- a daughter of Israel. Her encounter with the cross in the life of a Christian friend sparked an inner transformation that led to her baptism into the Catholic faith. Her reading of the life of Teresa of Avila brought her to the door of the Cologne Carmel where she began her contemplative journey as a Carmelite nun. Her Jewish identity and her Catholic faith collided with the oppressive Nazi regime and led to her martyrdom at Aushchwitz.

Presenters: Fr. Joseph Brennan, OSB, Cheryl Evanson, Obl.OSB & Michaela Russell, Obl.OSB
Room, board, and tuition: $385 single; $316.50 each shared

Fr. Joseph Brennan has been a monk of Valyermo since 1994 after having served as a parish priest in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for over 20 years. He is a spiritual director at the Cardinal Manning House of Prayer for priests in Los Angeles as well as St. Andrew's Prior.

Cheryl Evanson is an oblate of Valyermo and former administrator of the Retreat Center at St. Andrew's. She earned an MA in Education from the University of Denver and was an educator/curriculum specialist for over 30 years. She has facilitated retreats and workshops on team-building, balancing work and prayer, women in scripture, and Edith Stein.

Michaela Russell is an oblate of Valyermo. She has a BA in International Studies/East Asia and a Graduate Certificate in Advanced International Affairs. Michaela spent many years in Asia and is fluent in Mandarin. She has co-facilitated retreats on the desert mothers, women in scripture, and Edith Stein.


EDITH STEIN
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