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BENEDICTINE SPIRITUALITY: Monastic Virtues in the Rule of St. Benedict
Monday, July 8-Friday, July 12, 2019
This retreat will explore the major virtues that St. Benedict wishes us to live into as Benedictines: fidelity to prayer [the Work of God, lectio divina & silence]; obedience to the Rule, the Abbot & to one another; the Abbot's pastoral care for monks [the virtue of leadership]; humility before God & life with the brethren; hospitality; care of the elderly and the young; generosity in work & charity; punctuality & respect; forgiveness.
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. Audrey Spindler 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.