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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)
* Check in time starts at 3:00pm. Check out time is 10:00am (exceptions may apply)
Paths to the Heart
Monday, July 26 - Friday, July 30, 2021
No matter how well-intentioned, interreli-gious dialogues frequently end because of insurmountable differences in dogma. The greatest longing of the Sufi and Christian souls is to be with God, who is the Beloved. This retreat will explore Sufi and Christian contemplative practices, paths to the heart, which lead the soul of the lover to the Beloved. These practices create a potential mechanism for inter–religious prayer and friendship that opens the heart toward new horizons.
Fr. Francis Benedict, OSB 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, Obl. OSB; Ph.D. 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.