3 WITNESSES TO HIGHER TRUTH: 20th Century Martyrs of the Nazi Regime 2022

Monday, 21 February 2022 3:00 PM - Friday, 25 February 2022 10:00 AM PST

31001 N. Valyermo Road, Valyermo, CA, 93563, United States

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Monday, 21 February 2022 3:00 PM - Friday, 25 February 2022 10:00 AM PST

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 Please note: Until further notice, proof of COVID-19 vaccinations is required for any "in-house" retreat stays and restrictions apply for shared occupancy. In order to accommodate those who choose to opt-out, we are doing our best to continue offering various retreats online via ZOOM. Your support during this time is greatly appreciated. May God bless you all. For any questions or more information please call our retreat office at 661-944-2178 or email retreats@valyermo.com


THREE WITNESSES TO HIGHER TRUTH: 20th Century Martyrs of the Nazi Regime

Monday, February 21– Friday, February 25, 2022

It is of great interest to study the spirituality of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, St. Maximilian Kolbe & Etty Hillesum. They come from different traditions: Lutheran, Catholic and Jewish. They witnessed with their lives to varying circumstances to the transcendent God and bring hope to believers of every generation who share the desire for a more just society where all people are seen as worthy of respect, dignity, and life itself. Courage, generosity and optimism are virtues they manifested in the worst human circumstances. 

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 spiritualdirection, 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 if 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. 


St. Andrew's Abbey Retreat Office

Phone: (661) 944-2178

Email: retreats@valyermo.com

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Saint Andrew's Abbey Retreat House