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2019 Retreats Scheduled

The 2019 Retreat schedule has been released. Registration  and more information on the retreat masters will be available online by mid-December via the retreat website.

May 24-26
Benedictine Spirituality
Father Donald Raila, O.S.B.

Hospitality: Responding to God’s Generous Welcome to Us

From a Christian, Benedictine perspective hospitality involves far more than providing comfort for guests.  This retreat will reflect on ways in which God welcomes us, ways in which we are summoned to welcome Him, and ways in which we can make room for others and thus have our hearts expanded in the love of Christ.

June 14-16
Charismatic Prayer
Father Shawn Matthew Anderson, O.S.B.

Let Your Kingdom Come

At the beginning of the Acts of the Apostles, the disciples ask Jesus, “Lord, at this time are you going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts1:6).  He does not directly answer the question, but tells them to go and pray, and that they will receive power from on high to be his witnesses in the world.  In short, Jesus establishes the kingdom anywhere his followers, empowered by the Holy Spirit, make his presence and his Church present in the world.  This is what the world needs today–outward, tangible, visible manifestations of God’s transformative and restorative power!  In short, we still await God to definitively answer the prayer of Pope Saint John XXIII, “Renew your wonders in this our day, as by a new Pentecost!”  Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! Let Your Kingdom come!

June 28-30
Benedictine Spirituality
Father Boniface Hicks, O.S.B.

The Humility of the Sacred Heart in Benedictine Spirituality

As we celebrate the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, during this weekend retreat, we remember the simple beautiful invocation of the Litany of the Sacred Heart, “Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make our hearts like unto Thine.”  Saint Benedict lived long before the Revelation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to Saint Margaret Mary, but he already highlighted a key virtue of the Sacred Heart: humility.  In this retreat we will reflect on humility in Benedictine spirituality and the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

July 19-21
Men’s Retreat
Father Maurus Mount, O.S.B.

Courage:  The Virtue of Fortitude In Our Troubled Times

The Catholic Faith will provide all the strength needed for you to battle the growing darkness of our troubled times—if you take Christ as your Captain.  This retreat will focus on the special challenges facing men in our post-Christian social environment and ways to cultivate the virtue of fortitude.  The teachings of the Church on the virtue of fortitude and the pursuit of holiness will be illustrated by Church history and the lives of the saints.

July 26-28
Silent Retreat
Father Jeffrey Nyardy, O.S.B.

Practitioners of Silence

We live in a noisy and bustling society that generally misunderstands, devalues, and sometimes even fears silence.  Drawing from various sources of inspiration as our guide, this retreat will explore how the careful cultivation and practice of silence and restraint of speech may improve the quality of our lives and the lives of those around us.

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