Monday, 27 November 2023 5:00 PM - Thursday, 30 November 2023 10:00 AM PST

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

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Monday, 27 November 2023 5:00 PM - Thursday, 30 November 2023 10:00 AM PST



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PRACTICING SILENCE IN A NOISY WORLD: Moving Beyond Isolation & Loneliness to Fruitful & Prayerful Solitude

Monday, November 27 –Thursday, November 30

A retreat for Oblates of St. Benedict, Christians longing for contemplative prayer and monastic liturgy, and all who seek to deepen their spiritual life through reflections on silence and solitude. How ordinary people can intentionally ‘make room for God’ and incorporate the time-honored practices of silence and solitude within our busy lives. How do we encounter God when we are alone, when God seems far off or silent, when prayer is ‘unanswered’ or when we are burdened with grief or loneliness?


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.

HON. MARY FINGAL SCHULTE (RET.) has been an Oblate of Saint Andrew’s Abbey for 14 years. A retired Orange County Superior Court judge, she is now a mediator and arbitrator whose practice focuses on high-conflict litigation. She is a lector in her local parish.

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)

Saint Andrew's Abbey Retreat House