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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 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.


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: $350 single; $287.50 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.