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St. Andrew's Abbey Retreat Office
661 944 2178
* Office hours are from 8:30am-5:00pm (closed for mass and lunch 11:45am-1:30pm)
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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 Repin, et al. [Liturgical Press: Cistercian Publications, 2019].
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.