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JULY 2020

CARING FOR OUR COMMON HOME
Friday, July 3-Sunday, July 5, 2020

This workshop will center on the issues and implications of ecological and climate change. It will look at the biblical basis for the commission given to us by a loving God that we are to care for the earth, reflecting on the correct and proper relationship between humanity as caretaker to the rest of creation. In addition to scripture, two other documents will be referenced and used: Pope Francis I's encyclical Laudato Si, and the Califronia Bishops' letter of reflection on that encyclical. Conferences and time for personal private reflection are part of this retreat workshop.

Presenter:
Fr. Aelred Niespolo, OSB
Room, board and tuition: $275 single; $220 each shared

Fr. Aelred Niespolo has been a monk of Valyermo since 2001 and was ordained to the priesthood in 2005. Having completed the Master of Theology program at Oxford University, he teaches at St. John's Seminary in Camarillo. He is editor of the Valyermo Chronicle and has served as Director of Oblates.



CARING FOR OUR COMMON HOME
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BENEDICTINE SPIRITUALITY: The Rule of St. Benedict as a Wisdom Document to be Implemented in Every Age
Wednesday, July 8 - Sunday, July 12, 2020

This year's Benedictine Spirituality Retreat will unfold the many ways that St. Benedict's wisdom has been translated in the lives of monks and nuns and oblates throughout Benedictine history. Some of these monastic saints and sages will be St. Bede the Venerable, St. Benoit of Aniane, St. Boniface, Oblate St. Henry and Oblate St. Frances of Rome and our own Blessed Columba Marmion, co-founder of the Congregation of the Annunciation, to which this Valyermo monastery belongs. We value their writing, preaching, work, wisdom, creativity and struggles. A valuable new resource for this historical theme is A Benedictine Reader: 530-1530 ed. by Hugh Feiss, Ronald Pepin, et al. [Liturgical Press: Cistercian Publications, 2019]

Presenters: Fr. Francis Benedict, OSB and Audrey Spindler, Obl.OSB; Ph.D.
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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SUMMER DANCE WORKSHOP: Moving Physically to be Everywhere Spiritually
Thursday, July 23 - Sunday, July 26, 2020

The work and prayer of sacred dance will provide participants the preliminary steps toward knowing one's true self and walking an individual path toward spiritual wholeness.

"It is not what you are or have been that God looks at with his merciful eyes, but what you would be." (14th century English mystic and author of The Cloud of Unknowing).

Join dancers, musicians, artists, liturgists, and poets of faith to voice, dance and step into new ways of creativity and prayer. Our work will help us recharge our energies and commitment to a personal renewal.

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

John West is an oblate of Valyermo and founder of the Valyermo Dancers. A gifted dancer, choreographer, liturgist and writer, he has been conducting workshops at St. Andrew's Abbey 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.


SUMMER DANCE WORKSHOP: Moving Physically to be Everywhere Spiritually
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THE CALL OF THE BEATITUDES: Living the Call of Jesus
Monday, July 27 - Friday, July 31, 2020

The first word of each of the beatitudes is beati/makarios which may be translated as happy, rich or blessed. Jesus have the Sermon on the Mount to his most faithful followers, not to a crowd. The eight beatitudes begin Jesus' Sermon in the Gospel of Matthew, Ch. 5. They provide a summary of the teachings of Jesus and encourage followers of every age on the path to a virtuous and abundant life. Each or the beatitudes is given in the Gospel without a narrative explanation. Together, we will explore what the beatitudes offer us today. Recommended reading: Jim Forest, The Ladder of the Beatitudes [Orbis Books, 1999]

Presenters: Fr. Francis Benedict, OSB and Audrey Spindler, Obl.OSB; Ph.D.
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.


THE CALL OF THE BEATITUDES