During the COVID-19 Pandemic, with the regular retreat program cancelled, Saint Vincent Archabbey offered two virtual retreats, The Parables of Jesus and The Biblical Theology of King David, which are still available via our Vimeo® channel. See below for descriptions and links.
The Biblical Theology of King David
David is one of the most colorful and fascinating figures in the Bible. Whether we look to him as embodying triumph or tragedy, or both, King David was a man of such importance that Christ himself was likened to him. This retreat will take up themes of David’s selection by God as King of Israel, his struggles with Goliath figures—both literal and figurative—during his reign, his sins and repentance, and finally his pre-figuring of Jesus Christ, the “Son of David.”
If you are struggling with God’s call, with a Goliath figure in your own life, or with the roller coaster of sin, alienation, and forgiveness, this retreat may bring you new insights into an intensely holy—and utterly human—forerunner of the Lord.
Father Edward Mazich, O.S.B., is a monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey and professor of Sacred Scripture, Systematic Theology, and Biblical Languages at Saint Vincent Seminary, where he serves as rector.
The Parables of Jesus
We are all familiar with Jesus’ parables—or we think we are. But understanding His parables in the context of his time reveals hidden meanings and deeper, more challenging implications. During this retreat we will carefully read, examine, and pray through several of Jesus’ parables, and see how understanding many of the details adds to the messages they convey.
Father Wulfstan Clough, O.S.B., has been a monk of Saint Vincent Archabbey for 30 years. He is associate professor of English at Saint Vincent College.