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PRIESTS’ RETREAT: Ministry & Priesthood Inspired by the Writings of Pope Francis
Monday, November 11 – Friday, November 15, 2019
This year's priests' retreat will reflect Pope Francis' themes in his exhortations Evangelii Gaudium and Gaudete et Exsultate as well as select sections of his encyclical Laudato Si' emphasizing universal communion, the ecology of daily life, and the pursuit of the common good of all people. Priests accompany the faithful in their spiritual strivings by their own pursuit of a holy and a joyful life.
Father 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 1979. 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.