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JULY 2019

HUMILITY
Friday, July 5 - Sunday, July 7, 2019

On the upward path to holiness, the serious climber has to face a few lesser peaks before the final summit. One of these major peaks is humility. There's no getting around it. If you want to get to the summit, the peak of humility has to be surmounted sooner or later. This retreat will follow the general lines of St. Bernard's exposition on humility (and pride) as presented in Abbot Bernard Bonowitz's book: The Three Course Banquet. Be prepared to enjoy the author's great sense of humor. This is one of those potential life-changing retreats!

Presenter: Sr. Gertrude Gillette
Room, board, and tuition: $275 single; $220 per person shared

Sister Gertrude Gillette made her Solemn Profession as a Benedictine at St. Scholastica Priory, MA in 1984. She received her Ph.D. in Patristics (1996), and her S.T.L. in Monastic Studies (2007), and taught at Ave Maria University, FL for 8 years (2003-2011). During this period, she founded (along with the late Sr. Theresa Scheuren, OSB) a new Benedictine community, which eventually moved to NC where it resides today as the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Peace in Rutherfordton NC.


HUMILITY
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BENEDICTINE SPIRITUALITY: Monastic Virtues in the Rule of St. Benedict
Monday, July 8 - Friday, July 12, 2019

This retreat will explore the major virtues that St. Benedict wishes us to live into as Benedictines: fidelity to prayer [the Work of God, lectio divina & silence]; obedience to the Rule, the Abbot & to one another; the Abbot's pastoral care for monks [the virtue of leadership]; humility before God & life with the brethren; hospitality; care of the elderly and the young; generosity in work & charity; punctuality & respect; forgiveness.

Presenters: Fr. Francis Benedict, OSB and Audrey Spindler, Ph.D.; Obl.OSB
Room, board, and tuition: $440 single; $385 per person 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 spiritual 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. Audrey Spindler is an oblate of Valyermo and a presenter and facilitator of Centering Prayer under Contemplative Outreach. Having earned her Ph.D. and RD, she is a former professor of Foods and Nutrition and Director of the Didactic Program of Dietetics in the School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences at State University. She received over 10 teaching awards and published more than 40 refereed papers.


BENEDICTINE SPIRITUALITY
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SPIRITUAL GIFTS WORKSHOP
Friday, July 12, 3:00pm - Sunday, July 14, 2019, 2:30pm

Ever thought about your Spiritual Gifts? Maybe you're not sure what they are, or if you have any. In fact, all Christians are given Spiritual Gifts. These gifts are given to help God accomplish things. They are for the lifting up of, and the edification of the whole Church.

Join this unique workshop retreat and find out more about yourself and how you have been uniquely gifted to work within the Church. A blend of teaching and self-discovery will guide the weekend. Retreat participants will delve deeply into self-assessments and work to discover what their gifts are, and how they might put them to use in the service of God and others.

Topics addressed will include: an in-depth look at each Spiritual Gift, exploring the difference between Spiritual Fruit and Spiritual Gifts, discerning how temperament and personality come into play, as well as family dynamics.

Presenter: Lisa Marion, Obl.OSB
Room, board, and tuition: $275 single; $220 per person shared

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: www.dailypax.com -- subscribe to join her growing community of those seeking peace and spiritual growth.


SPIRITUAL GIFTS
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TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR LIFE
Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 9:00a.m.-4:00p.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.

Presenter: Sister Joan Marie Sasse, OSB
Donation: $45 per person includes tuition, morning beverages, and lunch after Mass

Sister 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.



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SUMMER DANCE WORKSHOP: Dancing the Psalms & Songs of Creation
Friday, July 19 - Sunday, July 21, 2019

Join dancers, musicians, artists, liturgists, and poets of faith to dance and sing ancient psalms and contemporary songs that call us to creativity and prayer. Our work will remind us of our unity with all of Creation; will help us recharge our energies and commitment to renew the face of the earth.

In the spirit of "Laudato Si," songs and dances will be offered in thanksgiving and praise for God's Sacred Creation and our kinship with it. The days are full of dance, prayer, reflection, and fellowship. Participants will have the opportunity to offer the work of their days in a beautiful outdoor setting of St. Andrew's Abbey. Bring comfortable clothes to explore nature and to move with ease.

Presenter: John West, Obl.OSB
Room, board, and tuition: $275 single; $220 each person shared

John West is an oblate of Valyermo and the founder of the Valyermo Dancers. A gifted dancer, choreographer, liturgist, and writer, he has be been conducting dance workshops at St. Andrew's and Holy Spirit Retreat Center, as well as at international and national collegiate and university levels. His professional associations include serving on the board of the Sacred Dance Guild and as a member of the prestigious North American Academy of Liturgy.


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CONTEMPORARY CINEMA & SPIRITUALITY: Summer Session
Friday, July 26 - Sunday, July 28, 2019

The greatest human and spiritual truths are often embodied in stories and narratives. Today much of the burden of story-telling is carried by movies. We will view four mainstream films and have intensive discussion on how spiritual realities are shown through their plots, symbols, acting, and so forth. These films will be chosen around a theme and are traditionally kept a mystery. This workshop seeks to raise and focus consciousness of the medium and offer ways to use it in the ongoing project of spiritual growth. (The winter session is offered January 11-13, 2019)

Presenter: Nikki Tucker, Obl.OSB
Room, board, and tuition: $275 single; $220 per person shared

Nikki Tucker is an oblate of Valyermo and a private Marriage and Family Therapist. She earned a BA in Art History at UCLA with a focus in Medieval Art and an MA at Fuller Seminary. She has lectured and given retreats on art and spirituality and has facilitated several cinema workshops.


SUMMER CINEMA
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GETTING TO KNOW YOU: An Exploration into the Lives & Teachings of Lesser Known Benedictines
Monday, July 29 - Friday, August 2, 2019

Who was a missionary? Who was an oblate? Who was a ruler? Who was a liturgist? Who was a scholar? Who was a hermit? Who was an abbot? Who was given the name "St. Benedict's favorite pupil"? From whom did Patrica Blitzen's healing provide the needed miracle of beatification? Please join us to find out not only the legacies given to us by these members of the communion of saints, but also their trials and tribulations. We present: Blessed Columba Marmion, St. Frances of Rome, The Venerable Bede, St. Rebanus Maurus, St. Henry, St. Benedict [Benoit] of Aniane, St. Meinrad, and St. Boniface.

Presenters: Fr. Francis Benedict, OSB and Audrey Spindler, Ph.D.; Obl.OSB
Room, board, and tuition: $440 single; $385 per person 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 spiritual 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. Audrey Spindler is an oblate of Valyermo and a presenter and facilitator of Centering Prayer under Contemplative Outreach. Having earned her Ph.D. and RD, she is a former professor of Foods and Nutrition and Director of the Didactic Program of Dietetics in the School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences at State University. She received over 10 teaching awards and published more than 40 refereed papers.


GETTING TO KNOW YOU
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