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SEPTEMBER 2020

HENRI NOUWEN: Master of Soul Care
Friday, September 4-Sunday, September 6, 2020

Henri Nouwen embodied soul care--in the way he cared for his own soul and the souls of others. In this retreat we will focus on how we too can engage in deep, personal soul work that stands to benefit us and the people we care about. Through Nouwen's rich insights and lived example we will learn how to care primarily for our own souls in order that we can more effectively companion other souls in their spiritual journey--whether as a spiritual friend, guide, mentor, or spiritual director.

Presenter: Wil Hernandez, Obl.OSB; Ph.D
Room, board, and tuition: $275 single; $220 each shared

Wil Hernandez is an oblate of Valyermo. He is an international retreat leader, spiritual director and author of a trilogy in Henri Nouwen plus a recently published work entitled Mere Spirituality: The Spiritual Life According to Henri Nouwen. He currently serves as the executive director of CenterQuest - an ecumenical hub for the study and practice of Christian spirituality (www.CQCenterQuest.org) which hosts a hybrid School of Spiritual Direction.


HENRI NOUWEN: Master of Soul Care
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GOD IS LOVE AT THE HEART OF ALL CREATION
Monday, September 7-Friday, September 11, 2020

This retreat is based on the latest work of Cistercian Abbot Thomas Keating, founder of Contemplative Outreach. We will view selected videos from his series God is Love: The Heart of All Creation. Themes to be explored include: Cosmology; Human Evolution; Christ, Evolution and All Creation; Into Unity Conciousness; and Surrendering to Love. In addition to time for personal reflection, retreatants will practice centering prayer for 30 mins three times each day and evenings will be devoted to the practice of visio divina on paintings by artist William Condgon correlating with the themes of the day.


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.


GOD IS LOVE AT THE HEART OF ALL CREATION

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CHRIST AT THE END OF LIFE: Catholic Teaching on Palliative Care and Physician-Assisted Suicide
Friday, September 18-Sunday, September 20, 2020

In this workshop we will study together the rich and ancient Catholic tradition concerning medical care at the end of life. There is great confusion and misunderstanding on these subjects in our day, particularly since the recent legalization of physician-assisted suicide in California. We will acquaint ourselves with the need for pastoral, balanced approach to these difficult issues in light of authentic Catholic magisterial teaching.


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 received a D.Phil. in patristics at Oxford University and is professor of church history and moral theology at St. John's Seminary in Camarillo, CA.


CHRIST AT THE END OF LIFE: Catholic Teaching on Palliative Care and Physician-Assisted Suicide