EVERYTHING ABLAZE: Teilhard's Mystical Vision
Monday, June 1-Friday, June 5, 2020
This retreat will be conducted via zoom. If interested, click the "make reservation" link or call the Abbey at 661.944.2178.
This weekend retreat will serve as an introduction to the spirituality of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a scientist and mystic. Teilhard believed that a vibrant Christian life can set the world on fire. We will explore six key themes that are central to his vision: God in world and matter; a spirituality of evolution; love and loving; our inner depths; the cosmic Christ, and the Sacred Heart of the universe. Each conference will be followed by time for meditation and prayerful reflection. The format will follow David Richo's Everything Ablaze, a rich resource for meditating on our call to discover the universe's Sacred Heart.
Presenter: Fr. Stephen Coffey, OSB Cam
Room, board, and tuition: $440 single; $385 each shared
Fr. 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 of oblates. He is a retreat
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
FAITH AND THE HUMAN CONDITION: A Look into the Writings and Relationship between Adrienne von Speyr and Hans Urs von Balthasar
Friday, June 5-Sunday, June 7, 2020
Adrienne von Speyr [1902-1967] was a Swiss convert to the Catholic faith. She was a medical doctor, a wife, mother, mystic and author of over sixty books on spirituality and theology. She dialogued with and was deeply influenced by the famous theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar [1905-1988] who was also deeply influenced by her spirituality and mystical experiences. As in many spiritual friendships in Catholic history, this relationship yielded much fruitfulness to twentieth century thought and piety.
Presenters: Fr. Francis Benedict, OSB and Yvonne Comstock Wilber, Obl.OSB; Ph.D.
Room, board, and tuition: $275 single; $220 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 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. Yvonne Comstock Wilber is an oblate of Valyermo and works as an academic librarian and adjunct instructor of Religion at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. She holds master's degrees in Library Science and Intellectual Leadership, and she earned her Ph.D. in Humanities with a major in Philosophy. Yvonne's intellectual work lies at the intersection of the humanities, technology, and ecology, which supports her "heart work" in helping people build bridges across all sorts of differences.
DISCERNMENT IN DAILY LIFE
Wednesday, June 24-Friday, June 26, 2020
is an essential theme in the spiritual life. As we progress through
our life, we constantly need to make practical decisions within the
context of our values. These values are founded on our belief system,
our culture, our understanding of and relationship with God. St.
Benedict in his Rule is concerned that people (in fact, all of us) often
make decisions based on self-will or personal preference rather than on
the will of God. God intends our good. God's will calls us to become
our 'best' self for the good of others. Pursuing the will of God is a
way of pursuing the best in life and the best in ourselves as well. This retreat will explore discernment as an ongoing process of spiritual growth toward maturity in the Spirit.
Presenter: Fr. Francis Benedict, OSB
Room, board, and tuition: $220 single; $192.50 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 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.
MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT RETREAT
Friday, June 26-Sunday, June 28, 2020
This retreat is designed for married couples seeking to deepen their relationship with God and one another. It will address components of a healthy marriage and the challenges inherent in a lifetime of loving oneself and one's spouse. Both the spiritual and the psychological dimensions of the marital union will be explored. God is seen as the source of our being and of our being in relationship. Deep reflection on marriage as a vocation and a journey will surely increase our self-understanding and self-confidence in the fulfillment of our call.
Presenters: Fr. Francis Benedict, OSB and Maria Rohde, Obl.OSB
Room, board, and tuition: $275 single; $220 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 inTheology 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.
Maria Rohde is an oblate of Valyermo and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She earned a BA in Psychology at UCLA and an MA in Community/Clinical Psychology at California State University Northridge. She has been in private practice in the Antelope Valley for 25 years and works primarily from a cognitive-behavioral perspective, specializing in treatment of anxiety disorders.
GOD IN AMERICA: JUDEO-CHRISTIAN VALUES IN AMERICAN HISTORY
Saturday, June 27, 2020 9:00a.m.-3:30p.m.
There is ample evidence that America was founded on Judeo-Christian values. They are written in the Declaration of Independence, declared in the words of the Founding Fathers, memorialized in our National Monuments, and heard in our Patriotic Music. Many State Constitutions begin with an expression of gratitude to God for the freedoms we cherish and enjoy. For over 200 years statesmen and leaders (American or not) have acknowledged the role of Providence in the life of this unique nation. This workshop will graphically present some of that evidence. You will find it entertaining, informative, and uplifting. (This retreat is also offered November 21, 2020)
Presenter: John D'Isacco, Obl. OSB
Donation: $45 per person includes tuition, morning beverages, and lunch after Mass.
John D'Isacco has been an Oblate of St. Andrew's Abbey since 2004. He attended the Pontifical Collage Josephinum from 1951 to 1962. He has a B.A. degree in Philosophy. In the 1960s, he served in the US Army as a German/Russian/English interpreter in the East/West German border. John has been teaching Scripture at American Martyrs, his parish in Manhattan Beach, for over 21 years. He and his wife have led four pilgrimages to the Holy Land (100 pilgrims). He has pursued post-graduate studies in Theology at Loyola Marymount University.