Friday, 22 July 2022 5:30 PM - Sunday, 24 July 2022 10:00 AM PDT

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

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Friday, 22 July 2022 5:30 PM - Sunday, 24 July 2022 10:00 AM PDT

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FAITH AND THE HUMAN CONDIITON: Exlporing the Spiritual Friendship of Adrienne von Speyr and Hans Urs von Balthasar

Friday, June 22 - Sunday, June 24, 2022

Adrienne von Speyr [1902-1967] was a Swiss convert to the Catholic faith. She was a medical doctor, a wife, mother, mystic, and author of over sixty books on spirituality and theology. She shared a profound friendship with the famous Hans Urs von Balthasar [1905-1988], who was deeply influenced by Adrienne's spirituality and mystical experiences. As in many spiritual friendships in Catholic history, this relationship yielded much fruitfulness to twentieth century Catholic thought and piety.

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. Yvonne Comstock Wilber, Obl.OSB;PH.D is an oblate of Valyermo and works as an academic librarian and adjunct instructor of Religion at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. She holds master's degrees in Library Science and Intellectual Leadership, and she earned her Ph.D. in Humanities with a major in Philosophy. Yvonne's intellectual work lies at the intersection of the humanities, technology, and ecology, which supports her "heart work" in helping people build bridges across all sorts of differences.



St. Andrew's Abbey Retreat Office

Phone: (661) 944-2178


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(Closed for Mass and lunch 11:45am-1:30pm) 

Saint Andrew's Abbey Retreat House