Benedictine Spirituality: St. Benedict's Teaching on Humility 2017

Monday, 10 July 2017 3:00 PM - Friday, 14 July 2017 10:00 AM PST

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

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Monday, 10 July 2017 3:00 PM - Friday, 14 July 2017 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 8:30am- 5:00pm (closed for mass & lunch *11:45a.m- 1:30pm) Check in time starts at 3:00pm. Check out time is at 10:00am (exceptions may apply).


Benedictine Spirituality: St. Benedict's Teaching on Humility 

Monday, July 10 - Friday, July 14, 2017


Retreat Description: This retreat is for oblates and those interested in Benedictine monastic spirituality. This year's focus will be o the virtue and the practice of humility in one's daily life, utilizing Chapter 7 and other texts of the Holy Rule and the monastic tradition. Although Benedict's words and emphases may not strike many as relevant or in keeping with contemporary psychological trends, his teaching provides us with a perennial wisdom. Michael Casey remarks, "true humility is a quality that enhances humanity": and "Let his Rule become for is a doorway to a tradition of life and thought that continues to have much to contribute to the present and future of the Church."


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. 

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