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Benedictine Spirituality: Balance As a Fundamental Value in the Rule of Benedict & the Monastic Tradition
Monday, July 9 - Friday, July 13, 2018
Retreat Description: The Rule of St. Benedict is remarkable in its wisdom and practicality in balancing the needs of the human person in search of God. As Benedict wrote his Rule with community in ind, he pays serious attention to one's life of prayer and work, in the midst of a multiplicity of human relationships and interactions. He 'legislates' for his monks a daily rhythm which establishes personal order, discipline, and charity within the context of a profound inner life, a life inspired by and shared with others. Our contemporary world, with its many demands on our time and energy, may cause us to lose our personal spiritual equilibrium. This retreat addresses our need to balance our priorities of time, work, relationships, study, ministry and prayer so that the whole person is nourished in the Spirit.
Presenter: Father Francis 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.
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.