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AUGUST 2020

WHO AM I? Meeting the Self in the Prodigal Son
Friday, August 7-Sunday, August 9, 2020

St. Luke, Rembrandt, and Henri Nouwen are our human guides as we examine and discern the different spiritual states revealed in Holy Scripture's parable of The Prodigal Son. Art, writing, and the personal experience combine to help us realize the broader implications of this narrative and how they apply to our own lives. Careful attention to art, close reading of texts, personal reflection, and discussion will form the bases of this retreat.

Presenters: Reese Landi, Obl.OSB and Mary Kauffman, Obl.OSB
Room, board, and tuition: $275 single; $220 each shared

Reese Landi is an oblate of Valyermo and has worked in Orange County as an RN for 30 years in critical care and recovery. In addition to her BS in Nursing, she is a life-long artist who is certified through Brandman University to work with Art & Creativity for Healing, a non-profit group that uses art as therapy for Wounded Warriors, battered women, autistic children, pediatric cancer patients, and others.

Mary Kauffman is an oblate of Valyermo. She has an MA in English and has taught ESL, various levels of English and writing, and literature courses at several colleges in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas. Now retired, she enjoys sharing her love of reading and writing through participation in different reading and literary groups, particularly those with an emphasis on discovering the transcendent and increasing our Christian awareness through exploration of the written word.


WHO AM I? Meeting the Self in the Prodigal Son
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THOMAS A KEMPIS AS SPIRITUAL GUIDE

Friday, August 14-Sunday, August 16, 2020

One of the most enduring and well-known works of late medieval spirituality is The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis. This retreat will examine the text as a model for our own spiritual lives in the twenty-first century. Thomas' emphasis on interiority and the role of the Holy Eucharist in the spiritual life, in particular, will be analyzed and set up as a model. Further, the Benedictine roots of his spirituality will be addressed.

Presenter: Rev. Greg Peters, Obl.OSB; Ph.D.
Room, board, and tuition: $275 single; $220 each shared

The Rev. Dr. Greg Peters is an oblate of Valyermo, an Associate Professor of Medieval and Spiritual Theology at Biola University, La Mirada, CA and the Servants of Christ Research Professor of Monastic Studies and Ascetical Theology at Nashotah House Theological Seminary in Wisconsin. He is also an Anglican priest serving as Rector of Anglican Church of the Epiphany, also in La Mirada. He is the author of Reforming the Monastery: Protestant Theologies of the Religious Life, The Story of Monasticism: Retrieving an Ancient Tradition for Contemporary Spirituality and The Monkhood of All Believers: The Monastic Foundation of Christian Spirituality.


THOMAS A KEMPIS AS SPIRITUAL GUIDE
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IN THE SPIRIT OF AA: A Twelve-Step Retreat
Friday, August 21-Sunday, August 23, 2020

Spend a weekend getting back to the key that unlocks the 12-Steps for those who follow them. We will take a slightly different approach to these conventional steps and traditions. Recovery can be a traumatic shock to the system, as are all experiences of God. We find God in adversity and weakness; in our common disease will be found our common strength and courage.

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

Fr. Isaac Kalina has been a monk of Valyermo since 1984. Having completed his theological degree in Rome at Collegio Sant' Anselmo, he was ordained a priest in 1989. He has served the Abbey as Prior, Sub-prior, Kitchenmaster, Youth Director, Assistant Novicemaster, Vocation Director, and Juniormaster. He is involved in retreats and workshops, bilingual ministry, 12-step recovery, addiction counseling, spiritual direction, and grief coaching.


IN THE SPIRIT OF AA: A Twelve-Step Retreat
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HILDEGARD OF BINGEN: Prophet of the Cosmic Christ
Monday, August 24-Friday, August 28, 2020

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 comsmology and her monastic spirituality, as well as her "way of the heart" on the spritual, 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, 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 hold degrees in Christian Spirituality from Creighton in Omaha and in Pastoral Leadership from Chaminade in Honolulu.


HILDEGARD OF BINGEN: Prophet of the Cosmic Christ
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PRAYING IN THE CIRCLE OF ST. JOHN

Friday, August 28-Sunday, August 30, 2020

The literature bearing the name of John -- a Gospel, three letters, and the Book of Revelation -- comprises some of the latest New Testament documents to have been written. Disparate in Literary style and quality, these texts nevertheless reflect to varying degrees an outlook on the Christian mystery associated with what might be called the "circle" of Christians influenced by St. John the Apostle. In the course of this retreat, you will be invited to allow themes characteristic of Johannine literature to draw you into prayer as it were in the company of John's circle.

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

Fr. Isaac Kalina has been a monk of Valyermo since 1984. Having completed his theological degree in Rome at Collegio Sant'Anselmo, he was ordained a priest in 1989. He was served the Abbey as Prior, Sub-prior, Kitchenmaster, Youth Director, Assistant Novicemaster, Vocation Director, and Juniormaster. He is involved in retreats and workshops, bilingual ministry, 12-step recovery, addiction counseling, spiritual direction, and grief coaching.


 PRAYING IN THE CIRCLE OF ST. JOHN