SERVANT LEADERSHIP: Lessons from the Rule of St. Benedict

Monday, 22 July 2024 5:00 PM - Thursday, 25 July 2024 10:00 AM PDT

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

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Monday, 22 July 2024 5:00 PM - Thursday, 25 July 2024 10:00 AM PDT

SERVANT LEADERSHIP: Lessons from the Rule of St. Benedict


A retreat designed for those in positions of leadership in nonprofit organizations:

-Parish Administrators

-Directors of Religious Education

-School principals


-Foundation Executives

-Healthcare leaders

-Board members

-Those who aspire to positions of leadership
Benedict’s Rule is a treasure trove of leadership wisdom that has guided Benedictine Communities for over 1500 years. Steeped in The Rule’s chapter on humility, this retreat focuses on how those entrusted with governing and leading organizations and their respective stakeholders can navigate the moral hazards of today’s secular culture within which they operate. Purity of heart, strength of character, an orientation toward the other, and a spirituality based on contemplative prayer are key elements of the Servant Leader, one who mentors, inspires and nurtures those whom he or she leads. The Rule of St. Benedict enlightens leaders as they journey through the uncharted waters of today’s complex business environment.


FR. FRANCIS BENEDICT has been a monk of Valyermo since 1967.  He earned a BA in philosophy from Loyola-Marymount University and an MA in Theology from Mt. Angel in Oregon.  He was ordained a priest in 1976. He served as the Abbey’s first abbot [1992-2008]. His special areas of ministry include spiritual direction, preaching retreats, and working with 12-step recovery groups and individuals.  In addition to many responsibilities at the Abbey, he also serves as the Director of Oblates.

CURTIS KAUFFMAN has been an Oblate of St. Andrew’s Abbey since 1997. He has been a business owner, leadership and executive coach, consultant on strategy and governance, healthcare writer and publisher, and for the past several years has been Board Chair for the governing board of Providence St. Joseph Health System’s Southern California Region. He studied in the graduate program in Religious Studies at Mt. St. Mary’s College and is a graduate of the Catholic Bible Institute’s program on Sacred Scripture.



St. Andrew's Abbey Retreat Office

Phone: (661) 944-2178


Office hours: 8:30am-5:00pm

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

Saint Andrew's Abbey Retreat House