Monday, 31 December 2018 3:00 PM - Wednesday, 2 January 2019 10:00 AM PST

31001 N. Valyermo Road, Valyermo, CA, 93563, United States

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Monday, 31 December 2018 3:00 PM - Wednesday, 2 January 2019 10:00 AM PST

If the event is listed as sold out please call us at 661-944-2178 for real time availability and waiting list. Office hours are from 8:30.a.m.- 5:00 p.m. (closed for mass & lunch *11:45 a.m- 1:30 p.m.) Check in time starts at 3:00 p.m. Check out time is at 10:00 a.m (exceptions may apply).



Monday, December 31, 2018 - Wednesday, January 2, 2019


It seems to be custom for many to make New Year's resolutions and to implement them on or the day after January first. Most often these intentions fade and disappear. What are the obstacles we face in following through? This retreat will reflect on our motivation to improve aspects of our lives on every level. This should include our health, our family values and other close relationships, our spiritual practice and ongoing intellectual formation. How can we find ways to implement our deepest desires to be more positive, productive and generative in the life we have been given? Let's try together to explore these important realities.


Father 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. 

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