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OCTOBER 2020

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.


STILL FULL OF SAP, STILL GREEN: A Spirituality of Aging
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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 Honolulu.


LOVE WAS HIS MEANING: The Spirituality of Julian of Norwich