2024 Retreats at the Archabbey

Four Archabbey retreats are being offered on campus in 2024.

WEEKEND RETREAT
June 7-9, 2024

Tap into the Canvas of Your Soul Through Painting.
Topic: Meditative Painting; Prayer; Reflection
Brother Mark Floreanini, O.S.B. and Father Philip Kanfush, O.
S.B.

Retreat Description:

Art is known to be a powerful way to tap into the creative ability of the heart and soul.  Father Philip Kanfush, O.S.B., author of Renewed Each Morning, will deliver reflections to ignite your imagination and creativity as you prayerfully express the fruits of your meditation by painting landscapes during this retreat.  Brother Mark Floreanini, O.S.B., professor of studio art at Saint Vincent College, will provide support during this active retreat.  No painting experience is required to attend this retreat. 

Retreat Masters:

Brother Mark Floreanini, O.S.B., founded Archabbey Stained Glass and creates stained glass windows, paints, and does various other forms of art, including making pottery mugs, yarn bowls, spinning wool and crocheting. He has an Associate Degree in fine art from Sinclair Community College, a bachelor’s degree in studio art from Saint Vincent College, a Master of Arts degree from Saint Vincent Seminary, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Savannah College of Arts and Design.

Father Philip Kanfush, O.S.B., is a professor in the Education Department at Saint Vincent College, procurator of Saint Vincent Archabbey, and award-winning author for his book Renewed Each Morning: Reflections from the Rocking Chair. The book won an honorable mention book award from the Catholic Press Association in 2006 for first-time author of a book, and a contributing author to the Saint Vincent Basilica: One Hundred Years, which won a second place CPA Award the same year. He is also the founder of the Bearcat B.E.S.T. transition program at Saint Vincent, a program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, who can achieve, with appropriate transition programming, a greater level of independence than a sheltered workshop would provide them.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

 

Time: Friday 5:30 p.m. to Sunday, 1 p.m..

Fee: $240 per person (includes $40 materials fee). 

Check-In: 3 to 5:30 p.m., Leander Hall.

Other Information: To help make your retreat prayerful, we suggest that you bring a Bible. The retreat office has copies of the New American Bible. The Basilica Gift Shop, located on the first floor of the Parish Center adjoining the Basilica, stocks spiritual books and other religious items. Rooms are air conditioned or equipped with a ceiling fan. Linens and towels are provided. Recreational opportunities include the Saint Vincent Fitness Trail and the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve. 

WEEKEND RETREAT:
June 14-16, 2024

Women’s Retreat
You Are Loved: Experiences of Prayer; Journaling; Group Lectio Divina; Small Group Discussion
Mimika Garesche

Retreat Description:

Prayer can sometimes seem abstract, cerebral, full of distractions and difficult. This can lead to frustration when there is a longing to go deeper. Yet, there are ways to engage in prayer that help to stay focused and to supports a personal encounter with the Lord and his love. This retreat introduces different experiences of prayer to foster this encounter and experience God’s love and grow in a personal relationship. Journeying alongside other women enriches the experience learning all the ways that God communicates, touches hearts, and accompanies each person.


Retreat Master: Mimika Garesché’s track record of helping others achieve spiritual breakthroughs and the realization of new potential makes her a sought-after spiritual guide. She is a retreat designer and leader, speaker, and professional coach. She founded On Fire a discipleship journey which helps people grow in their personal relationship with God through exploring prayer and discernment in a community setting. She has worked in leadership development and spiritual formation for many years. She holds a certificate in Spiritual Direction and Directed Retreats and an MA in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Education and Development from the Anahuac University in Mexico.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION:

 

Time: Friday, 5:30 p.m. to Sunday, 1 p.m.

Fee: $200 per person.

Check-In: 3 to 5:30 p.m. Leander Hall.

Other Information: To help make your retreat prayerful, we suggest that you bring a Bible. The retreat office has copies of the New American Bible. The Basilica Gift Shop, located on the first floor of the Parish Center adjoining the Basilica, stocks spiritual books and other religious items. Rooms are air conditioned or equipped with a ceiling fan. Linens and towels are provided. Recreational opportunities include the Saint Vincent Fitness Trail and the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve.

WEEKEND RETREAT
June 28-30, 2024

Men’s Retreat
Finding the Joy and Peace of God in Our Lives
Topic: Prayer; The Sacraments; Suffering; Goal
of Life
Brother Elliott Maloney, O.S.B. 

Retreat Description:

One of the questions that arises in the hearts of many Christians is, “How do all of the things we discuss and do while ‘in church’ connect to the realities of the lives we live when we are not ‘in church’”?  During this retreat, Brother Elliott Maloney, O.S.B., will lead retreatants to consider how to increase one’s awareness of God in daily life through prayer and the sacraments.  Retreatants will also explore how the attitudes of a Christian related to topics such as justification and holiness, as well as the end/goal of life are intimately connected with daily life.  It is these connections that enable one to live more fully in the joy and peace of the Kingdom of God.

Retreat Master:

Brother Elliott Maloney, O.S.B., has been a professor of New Testament and Biblical Languages at Saint Vincent Seminary for more than 30 years. He earned a Licentiate of Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Atheneum of Sant’ Anselmo, Rome, Italy in 1972, and a Ph.D. in New Testament Studies from Fordham University in 1979. . In 2004, Continuum Books published his work, Jesus’ Urgent Message for Today: The Kingdom of God in Mark’s Gospel, which won the prize for “Best Book on Scripture” (second place) of the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada in 2005 and now has been translated into Portuguese in Brazil. His book, Saint Paul, Master of the Spiritual Life “in Christ” (Liturgical Press, 2014) was awarded the 2015 Honorable Mention for academic books on Sacred Scripture by the Catholic Press Association. 

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: 

 

Time: Friday, 5:30 p.m. to Sunday, 1 p.m.

Fee: $200 per person. 

Check-In: 3 to 5:30 p.m. Leander Hall.

Other Information: To help make your retreat prayerful, we suggest that you bring a Bible. The retreat office has copies of the New American Bible. The Basilica Gift Shop, located on the first floor of the Parish Center adjoining the Basilica, stocks spiritual books and other religious items. Rooms are air conditioned or equipped with a ceiling fan. Linens and towels are provided. Recreational opportunities include the Saint Vincent Fitness Trail and the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve.

WEEKEND RETREAT
July 19-21, 2024

Benedictine Spirituality Retreat
A Road to Holiness and Wholeness
Topic: Prayer; Saint Benedict; Wholeness; Holiness

Father Jude Brady, O.S.B. 

Retreat Description:

The Rule of Saint Benedict offers us through a life of fidelity and constancy how to excel in living a peaceful, healthy and well-adjusted life in a broken and fractured world.  Saint Benedict teaches how to live fully, love all, come to accept trials, be grateful for all that befalls us and finally how to face our death with peace and security.  We will look at and study the Little Rule for Beginners and attempt to apply it to our simple, broken, fragile and broken lives helping us to be transformed into a new creation in the image and likeness  of the Risen Christ.

IN ALL THINGS MAY GOD BE GLORIFIED!

Retreat Master:

Father Jude Brady, O.S.B., is director of pastoral formation at Saint Vincent Seminary. He has spent many years in both the pastoral apostolate and the educational apostolate at Saint Vincent, serving in parishes in the Diocese of Erie and the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, as well as serving as headmaster of Benedictine Military School in Savannah. In addition to other degrees, he received a diploma (Master of Arts) in spiritual counseling and direction in 1981 from the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Rome, and a doctorate in pastoral counseling/pastoral theology from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1984.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: 

Time: Friday, 5:30 p.m. to Sunday, 1 p.m.

Fee: $200 per person. 

Check-In: 3 to 5:30 p.m. Leander Hall.

Other Information: To help make your retreat prayerful, we suggest that you bring a Bible. The retreat office has copies of the New American Bible. The Basilica Gift Shop, located on the first floor of the Parish Center adjoining the Basilica, stocks spiritual books and other religious items. Rooms are air conditioned or equipped with a ceiling fan. Linens and towels are provided. Recreational opportunities include the Saint Vincent Fitness Trail and the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve.

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