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JULY 2020

CARING FOR OUR COMMON HOME VIA ZOOM
Friday, July 3-Sunday, July 5, 2020

PLEASE NOTE!
This retreat will be conducted via zoom. If interested, click the "make reservation" link or call the Abbey at 661.944.2178.

This workshop will center on the issues and implications of ecological and climate change. It will look at the biblical basis for the commission given to us by a loving God that we are to care for the earth, reflecting on the correct and proper relationship between humanity as caretaker to the rest of creation. In addition to scripture, two other documents will be referenced and used: Pope Francis I's encyclical Laudato Si, and the Califronia Bishops' letter of reflection on that encyclical. Conferences and time for personal private reflection are part of this retreat workshop.

Presenter:
Fr. Aelred Niespolo, OSB
5 Zoom Conferences: $150 per person
Or 5 Live Zoom Conference + Recordings: $180 per person

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.



CARING FOR OUR COMMON HOME
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CANCELLED BENEDICTINE SPIRITUALITY: The Rule of St. Benedict as a Wisdom Document to be Implemented in Every Age
Wednesday, July 8 - Sunday, July 12, 2020

This year's Benedictine Spirituality Retreat will unfold the many ways that St. Benedict's wisdom has been translated in the lives of monks and nuns and oblates throughout Benedictine history. Some of these monastic saints and sages will be St. Bede the Venerable, St. Benoit of Aniane, St. Boniface, Oblate St. Henry and Oblate St. Frances of Rome and our own Blessed Columba Marmion, co-founder of the Congregation of the Annunciation, to which this Valyermo monastery belongs. We value their writing, preaching, work, wisdom, creativity and struggles. A valuable new resource for this historical theme is A Benedictine Reader: 530-1530 ed. by Hugh Feiss, Ronald Pepin, et al. [Liturgical Press: Cistercian Publications, 2019]

Presenters: Fr. Francis Benedict, OSB and Audrey Spindler, Obl.OSB; Ph.D.
Room, board, and tuition: $440 single; $385 per person 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 spiritual 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. Audrey Spindler is an oblate of Valyermo and a presenter and facilitator of Centering Prayer under Contemplative Outreach. Having earned her Ph.D. and RD, she is a former professor of Foods and Nutrition and Director of the Didactic Program of Dietetics in the School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences at State University. She received over 10 teaching awards and published more than 40 refereed papers.



BENEDICTINE SPIRITUALITY
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BOOK OF JOB
Wednesday, July 15 - Friday, July 17, 2020

PLEASE NOTE!
This retreat will be conducted via zoom. If interested, click the "make reservation" link or call the Abbey at 661.944.2178.

The Book of Job is about struggle- the struggle of a good and pious man trying to make sense of the world and of his life in which bad things happen, in which evil is experienced. it asks the big question of why do these things happen if God is just and good. Its even greater significance is in the kind of stance Job is led to take in his challenge to God, his demand for an answer. In this workshop we will look at the dilemmas proposed in this importance book of Wisdom literature, and how Job comes to terms with his world, his God and himself.


Presenter: Fr. Aelred Niespolo, OSB
5 Live Zoom Conferences: $150 per person
Or 5 Live Zoom Conference + Recordings: $180 per person


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.


BOOK OF JOB
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CANCELLED SUMMER DANCE WORKSHOP: Moving Physically to be Everywhere Spiritually
Thursday, July 23 - Sunday, July 26, 2020

The work and prayer of sacred dance will provide participants the preliminary steps toward knowing one's true self and walking an individual path toward spiritual wholeness.

"It is not what you are or have been that God looks at with his merciful eyes, but what you would be." (14th century English mystic and author of The Cloud of Unknowing).

Join dancers, musicians, artists, liturgists, and poets of faith to voice, dance and step into new ways of creativity and prayer. Our work will help us recharge our energies and commitment to a personal renewal.

Presenter: John West, Obl.OSB
Room, board, and tuition: $385 single; $316.50 each person shared

John West is an oblate of Valyermo and founder of the Valyermo Dancers. A gifted dancer, choreographer, liturgist and writer, he has been conducting workshops at St. Andrew's Abbey and Holy Spirit Retreat Center, as well as at international and national collegiate and university levels. His professional associations include serving on the board of the Sacred Dance Guild and as a member of the prestigious North American Academy of Liturgy.



SUMMER DANCE WORKSHOP: Moving Physically to be Everywhere Spiritually
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A CHRISTIAN RESPONSE TO THE CRISIS: PRAYER, MINISTRY, MISSION and HAPPINESS
Wednesday, July 22 - Friday, July 24, 2020

PLEASE NOTE!
This retreat will be conducted via zoom. If interested, click the "make reservation" link or call the Abbey at 661.944.2178.


God calls us. He calls us to pray and to work. He calls us to carry our cross and to follow him. He calls us to happiness. This retreat will address each of these spiritual foundations of life. We will look at prayer as the sustenance of our spiritual life and discover which is the greatest prayer of all. We will also explore what ministry and mission might mean for us, especially in this time of crisis. Finally, we will explore Jesus’ call to happiness through his teaching in the Beatitudes. These elements are essential to a proper Christian response amidst the fears and concerns we may naturally have while traversing this global pandemic .


Presenter: Fr. Angelus Echeverry, OSB
5 Zoom Conferences: $150 per person
Or 5 Live Zoom Conference + Recordings: $180 per person

Fr. Angelus Echeverry has been a monk of Valyermo since 2011. He holds a Masters in Classical Music Composition and is currently Organist and Choir Master. He has a deep love what he calls "The 4 M's of my life': Music, the Mystical life, the holy Mystery we call Trinity, and Mary, the Blessed Virgin, Mother of God. To listen to Fr. Angelus' music, pleaser visit: www.angelusecheverry.com



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THE CALL OF THE BEATITUDES: Living the Call of Jesus

Monday, July 27 - Friday, July 31, 2020

PLEASE NOTE!
This retreat will be conducted via zoom. If interested, click the "make reservation" link or call the Abbey at 661.944.2178.

The first word of each of the beatitudes is beati/makarios which may be translated as happy, rich or blessed. Jesus have the Sermon on the Mount to his most faithful followers, not to a crowd. The eight beatitudes begin Jesus' Sermon in the Gospel of Matthew, Ch. 5. They provide a summary of the teachings of Jesus and encourage followers of every age on the path to a virtuous and abundant life. Each or the beatitudes is given in the Gospel without a narrative explanation. Together, we will explore what the beatitudes offer us today. Recommended reading: Jim Forest, The Ladder of the Beatitudes [Orbis Books, 1999]

Presenters: Fr. Francis Benedict, OSB and Audrey Spindler, Obl.OSB; Ph.D.
11 Live Zoom Conferences: $330
Or 11 Live Zoom Conference + Recordings: $380


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 spiritual 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. Audrey Spindler
is an oblate of Valyermo and a presenter and facilitator of Centering Prayer under Contemplative Outreach. Having earned her Ph.D. and RD, she is a former professor of Foods and Nutrition and Director of the Didactic Program of Dietetics in the School of Exercise and Nutritional Sciences at State University. She received over 10 teaching awards and published more than 40 refereed papers.


THE CALL OF THE BEATITUDES