BENEDICTINE SPIRITUALITY: St. Benedict's Teaching on Humility 2022

Wednesday, 6 July 2022 5:30 PM - Sunday, 10 July 2022 10:00 AM PDT

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

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Wednesday, 6 July 2022 5:30 PM - Sunday, 10 July 2022 10:00 AM PDT

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 Please note: Until further notice, proof of COVID-19 vaccinations is required for any "in-house" retreat stays and restrictions apply for shared occupancy. In order to accommodate those who choose to opt-out, we are doing our best to continue offering various retreats online via ZOOM. Your support during this time is greatly appreciated. May God bless you all. For any questions or more information please call our retreat office at 661-944-2178 or email


BENEDICTINE SPIRITUALITY: St. Benedict's Teaching on Humility 

Wednesday, July 6 – Sunday, July 10, 2022

This retreat is for oblates and those interested in Benedictine monastic spirituality. This year's focus will be on 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 us a doorway to a tradition of life and thought that continues to have much to contribute to the present and future of the Church." 

Fr. Francis Benedict has been a monk of Valyermohas 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 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. 



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