LEADERSHIP AND THE RULE OF BENEDICT: Community In the Time of Social Distancing VIA ZOOM
Friday, October 2 - Sunday, October 4, 2020
St. Benedict understood that
life lived in community was essential to the spiritual growth of the individual
monk, and we know how important it is for our own health and development to
have a community of people who both support and challenge us. What can we learn
from the Benedictine dynamics of stability, obedience, and conversatio—which
monks commit to when entering the monastery—to assist us as we form community
in the time of social distancing? This workshop includes small group
interactions on questions related to the practice of relationship during the
Presenter: Michael Carey, Obl.OSB; Ph.D.
Saturday 9:00am, 11:00am, 3:00pm, 7:00pm
Sun 9:00am, 11:00am
Michael Carey is
an oblate of Valyermo. He is an Associate Professor of Organizational
Leadership at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. He has taught leadership
studies at the graduate level for 33 years at Gonzaga and works to ensure that
Gonazaga's graduate leadership programs follow in the tradition of Jesuit
education that stretches back to St. Ignatius of Loyola. But his first love is
St. Benedict and the community of St. Andrew's Abbey, which he has been
connected to since 1971.
TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR LIFE
Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 10:00a.m.-3:00p.m.
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.
often offers us many challenges but you do not have to go it alone. On
this one-day retreat, 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: Sr. Joan Marie Sasse, OSB
Donation: $45 per person includes tuition, morning beverages, and lunch after Mass
Sr. 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.
STILL FULL OF SAP, STILL GREEN: A Spirituality of Aging
Monday, October 19-Thursday, October 22, 2020
This retreat will be inspired by research and by many writers' reflections on spirituality for the second half of life. Creative living within the season of wisdom, greater and ongoing maturation, and positive transformation of the inner life will be some of the meditations for a full life in the Spirit. Experiencing limitations during one's aging process will be explored as opportunities for transcendence and spiritual fecundity that could not be profoundly realized in earlier seasons of growth.
Presenters: Fr. Francis Benedict, OSB and Diane Bunker, Obl.OSB; Ph.D.; M.Div.
Room, board, and tuition: $330 single; $287.50 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 spiriutal
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. Diane Bunker is a retired
psychologist who worked with older people receiving care in
Rehabilitation Medicine and Hospice. She obtained her M.Div. and Ph.D.
from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. She comes with a wealth of
personal, professional, and pastoral experience.
LOVE WAS HIS MEANING: The Spirituality of Julian of Norwich
Friday, October 30-Sunday, November 1, 2020
This retreat will explore major themes from Julian of Norwich's spiritual masterpiece Revelations of Divine Love. Julian was a 14th century English anchoress living in seclusion in her native Norwich. She experienced a series of 16 revelations of Christ Crucified while on her sickbed and spent the next decades of her life reflecting on their meaning. She is known for her profound saying: "Indeed all manner of things shall be very well!" The retreat will provide time for lectio divina on selections of her text as well as time for personal prayer and reflection.
Presenter: Fr. Stephen Coffey, OSB Cam
Room, board, and tuition: $275 single; $220 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