Benedictine Spirituality @ Saint Vincent Archabbey
May 24 – May 26 all-day

Hospitality: Responding to God’s Generous Welcome to Us

Retreat Description: 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.

Retreat Master: Father Donald Raila, O.S.B., is director of the Saint Vincent Archabbey Oblate Program. He is the author of two books: Lessons from Benedict: Finding Joy in Daily Life, The Study Guide to Lessons from Saint Benedict: Finding Joy in Daily Life; and the editor of The Rule in Bits and Pieces, a collection of over 140 reflections covering every chapter of the Holy Rule of Saint Benedict.

Check-in: 3 to 5:30 p.m., Leander Hall. Retreat ends at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Online registration available at this link.

Charismatic Prayer: Let Your Kingdom Come @ Saint Vincent Archabbey
Jun 14 – Jun 16 all-day

Retreat Description: 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 St. John XXIII, “Renew your wonders in this our day, as by a new Pentecost!”  Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! Let Your Kingdom come!

Retreat Master: Father Shawn Matthew Anderson, O.S.B., earned a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2007 and a doctorate from Virginia Commonwealth University in pharmacology. He serves as an assistant professor of biology.

Check-in: 3 to 5:30 p.m., Leander Hall. Retreat ends at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Online registration available at this link.

Spiritual Direction I: Art of Accompaniment @ Saint Vincent Archabbey
Jun 24 @ 9:00 AM – Jun 28 @ 12:00 PM

Seminary faculty members Father Thomas Acklin, O.S.B., professor of theology, and Father Boniface Hicks, O.S.B., director of spiritual formation, will conduct a weeklong summer conference, Spiritual Direction I: Art of Accompaniment, June 24-28 on campus. The event is being sponsored by the Seminary Institute for Ministry Formation, which is an extension of the Seminary’s commitment to the formation and education of priests, laity, and religious.

The IMF is designed to help all people understand and experience God’s grace and respond to this gift of Grace in service, in ministry. Using new technology and traditional methods of learning and gathering, the IMF brings together seekers, friends, and expert contributors to help inform our hearts and minds and guide our response.

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The conference is an outgrowth of a book the two priests authored, Spiritual Direction: A Guide for Sharing the Father’s Love. Father Boniface, who is also programming manager for We Are one Body Catholic Radio, notes the course is a way for participants to pray better, to grow closer in their relationship with God, and to help others on their spiritual journeys to become better Christians.

The course will consist of five hours of daily instruction, as well as times for one-on-one meetings with the instructors. While housing and meals are part of the registration, there is also a day rate for commuters. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in Daily Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, Sacramenetal Confession and prayer. There will also be sufficient time for walks, silence and reflection to help participants integrate the teaching offered during the course.

Topics include:

  • The need for Spiritual Direction in our time;
  • Our one-on-one relationship with God;
  • One-on-one human relationships;
  • The interior life;
  • The importance of vulnerability;
  • A listening that reveals and heals;
  • Communicating the Father’s Love;
  • Introduction to development in the life of prayer;
  • Some psychological insights for spiritual direction;
  • The qualities of the spiritual director;
  • Introduction to supervision and self-awareness;
  • Saints for spiritual directors.

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Benedictine Spirituality Retreat: The Humility of the Sacred Heart in Benedictine Spirituality @ Saint Vincent Archabbey
Jun 28 – Jun 30 all-day

Retreat Description: 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.

Retreat Master: Father Boniface Hicks O.S.B., has a master of arts and master of divinity degree from Saint  Vincent Seminary, as well as a Ph.D. in computer science from Pennsylvania State University. He co-authored, along with Father Thomas Acklin, O.S.B., the book Spiritual Direction: A Guide for Sharing the Father’s Love, and has been involved with WAOB (We Are One Body) radio station, serving as its program director, and is also director of Spiritual Life for Saint Vincent Seminary.

Check-in: 3 to 5:30 p.m., Leander Hall.Retreat ends at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Online registration available at this link.

Men’s Retreat | Courage: The Virtue of Fortitude In Our Troubled Times @ Saint Vincent Archabbey
Jul 19 – Jul 21 all-day

Retreat Description: 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.

Retreat Master: Father Maurus Mount, O.S.B., has a master of arts, master of divinity and bachelor of sacred theology degrees from Saint Vincent Seminary, a master of arts degree in classical languages from the University of Illinois, and a doctorate in classical philology from the University of Vienna, Austria. He is an assistant professor of classical languages at Saint Vincent Seminary and a member of the faculty of Saint Vincent College.

Check-in: 3 to 5:30 p.m., Leander Hall. Retreat ends at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Online registration available at this link.

Silent Retreat: Practitioners of Silence @ Saint Vincent Archabbey
Jul 26 – Jul 28 all-day

Retreat Description: 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.

Retreat Master: Father Jeffrey Nyardy, O.S.B., earned a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary. His service at Saint Vincent Archabbey includes member of the faculty and staff of Benedictine Priory and Benedictine Military High School, Savannah, Georgia. He has also served as junior master of the monastic community and director of solemnly professed Benedictine and visiting religious seminarians.

Check-in: 3 to 5:30 p.m., Leander Hall. Retreat ends at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Online registration available at this link.