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DECEMBER 2019

LECTIO FOR ADVENT
Wednesday, December 4-Thursday, December 6, 2019

Scripture accompanied by art, music, and poetry of the Advent season will support our preparation for the coming of Christ once again into our world and our lives. We will explore the four movements of Advent and Christmas -- the Annunciation, the Visitation, the Nativity, and the Coming of the Magi and Flight to Egypt-- using the deep spiritual (and very Benedictine) practice of Lectio Divina and its complementary forms, Visio and Audio Divina. Time will be allowed for reflection, journaling, prayer, silence, and small and large group sharing.

Presenter: Laura Dunham, Obl.OSB; Ph.D.; M.Div
Room, board, and tuition: $220 single; $192.50 each shared

Dr. Laura Dunham, former academic, retired Presbyterian minister, and Catholic convert in 2012, is an oblate of St. Benedict's Monastery in MN. She holds a PhD, MDiv, and Certificate in Spiritual Formation. Teaching and writing about Christian spirituality, guiding the Ignatian Exercises, and leading retreats and group studies of the mystics are her current work. Laura is the author of Path of Purified Heart: The Spiritual Journey as Transformation (Cascade Books, 2012) and Extraordinary Time: Spiritual Reflections from a Season with Cancer, Death, and Transition (Cascade Books, 2018). A resident of Riverside, CA, she invites inquiries about her work through her website, www.laura.dunham.com.


LECTIO FOR ADVENT
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HILDEGARD OF BINGEN: Prophet of the Cosmic Christ
Monday, December 9-Friday, December 13, 2019

This retreat will focus on the spirituality of St. Hildegard, 12th century Benedictine abbess who was named Doctor of the Church by Pope Benedict XVI. We will consider selected passages of her writings, and in particular her Scivias, to come to a greater awareness of her Christology, her cosmology and her monastic spirituality, as well as her "way of the heart" on the spiritual journey. Ample time for personal prayer and reflection will be provided.

Presenter: Fr. Stephen Coffey, OSB Cam
Room, board, tuition: $440 single; $385 each shared

Father 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, 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 holds degrees in Christian Spirituality from Creighton in Omaha and in Pastoral Leadership from Chaminade in Honolulu.


HILDEGARD OF BINGEN
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THE PSALTER, MIRROR OF THE SOUL
Friday, December 20-Sunday, December 22, 2019

In ancient and modern monastic spirituality the chanting of psalms is believed to have the power of both purifying the soul and enabling the Christian to perceive God's inner purposes ("logoi") embedded within history and creation. In this workshop the monastic tradition of psalmody will be studied and practiced by participants in order to help them appreciate three spiritual levels or uses of the Psalter: first, the psalms as a means of repentance and inner transformation; second, the Psalter as a mirror of one's relationships in the world; and third, the Psalter as a window into heaven. Chants to be studied will include traditional Gregorian antiphons and later hymns by Hildegard of Bingen, as well as modern forms of psalmody chanted at Saint Andrew's Abbey.

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.


THE PSALTER
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CHRISTMAS AT VALYERMO
Tuesday, December 24-Thursday, December 26, 2019

On the Solemnity of Christmas we first contemplate the mystery of the Word becoming Flesh. The liturgical celebration at the Abbey starts with First Vespers on Christmas Eve and ends with Night Prayer on Christmas Day.

Room and board: $220 single; $192.50 each shared


CHRISTMAS AT VALYERMO
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NEW YEAR RETREAT: "Behold, I make all things new!" (Rev. 21:5)
Tuesday, December 31, 2019-Thursday, January 2, 2020

In this New Year's workshop we will ponder images and texts from the Christian East and West that depict our inner renewal in Christ. First is the Eastern icon of the Anastasis or resurrection; second is Dante's depiction of transformation in the end of the "Purgatorio" and the "Paradiso" of his Divine Comedy; third is St. Gregory the Great's model of contemplation and renewal at the end of the Life of Benedict. Handouts of texts and images will be provided to workshop participants.

Presenter: Fr. Luke Dysinger, OSB
Room, board, and tuition: $250 single; $200 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.


NEW YEARS RETREAT
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