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DECEMBER 2020

AMMAS, MONKS AND ARCHETYPES
Monday, December 7-Friday, December 11, 2020

This retreat will take a look at 4 monastic figures: Amma Syncletica, St Benedict, St Hildegard and Thomas Merton and their corresponding archetypes: the warrior, the sage, the visionary and the inner monk. Each day will include an introduction to the figure, lectio divina on the theme, visio divina of an icon of the figure, and personal reflection on the archetype and its shadow through mandala making. Let figures from our sacred tradition become relevant to our lives as they help us to illuminate parts of ourselves that need further development to grow in wholeness and in our relationship to God.

Presenter: Fr. Stephen Coffey, OSB Cam
Room, board, tuition: $440 single; $385 each shared

Father 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, 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.


AMMAS, MONKS AND ARCHETYPES
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PREPARING WITHIN OURSELVES A PLACE FOR CHRIST
Friday, December 11-Sunday, December 13, 2020

In this workshop we will reflect on examples and writings of monastic contemplatives who experienced, especially during the season of Advent, a call to prepare a place for Christ in their hearts through attentiveness to the sacred liturgy. Especially prominent among the sources we will study are the writings of St. Gertrude the Great, the Advent hymn, Rorate Coeli, and the Great O Antiphons.


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.


PREPARING WITHIN OURSELVES A PLACE FOR CHRIST
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AUGUSTINE AND HIS CONFESSIONS
Friday, December 18-Sunday, December 20, 2020

This workshop will explore the major themes covered by St. Augustine in his autobiography, Confessions. This spiritual autobiography focuses on his deep struggle with personal conversion to a life in God. Augustine uses history, memory, reflection, and praise in his search for personal peace and sanctification. All participants are required to read, before the workshop, the first ten books of his Confessions. The Oxford World Classics paperback translation by Henry Chadwick is the preferred version.

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


AUGUSTINE AND HIS CONFESSIONS
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CHRISTMAS AT VALYERMO
Thursday, December 24-Saturday, December 26, 2020

On the Solemnity of Christmas we first contemplate the mystery of the Word becoming Flesh. The liturgical celebration at the Abbey starts with First Vespers on Christmas Eve and ends with Night Prayer on Christmas Day.

Room and board: $220 single; $192.50 each shared



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NEW YEAR RETREAT: "Behold, I make all things new!" (Rev. 21:5)

Thursday, December 31, 2020-Saturday, January 2, 2021

In this New Year's workshop we will ponder images and texts from the Christian East and West that depict our inner renewal in Christ. First is the Eastern icon of the Anastasis or resurrection; second is Dante's depiction of transformation in the end of the "Purgatorio" and the "Paradiso" of his Divine Comedy; third is St. Gregory the Great's model of contemplation and renewal at the end of the Life of Benedict. Handouts of texts and images will be provided to workshop participants.

Presenter:
Fr. Luke Dysinger,
OSB; Ph.D.; M.D.
Room, board, and tuition: $275 single; $20 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.

NEW YEAR RETREAT: "Behold, I make all things new!" (Rev. 21:5)