Days of Reflection Retreats at St. Gregory's Abbey

April 21, 2018
"Defusing Anger"

Presenter Fr. Charles Buckley, O.S.B.

Few of us are not beset by angry thoughts-about drivers, about others' idiosyncrasies, about… Our spiritual fathers coach us on effective ways of responding.

Fr. Charles made monastic profession on August 15, 1966, and was ordained to the priesthood on June 20, 1970. He holds a doctorate in Mathematics Education from Columbia University. He serves as assistant vocation director for St. Gregory's Abbey and professor of mathematics, for 41 years.


May 19, 2018
"The Power of Gratitude"

Presenter: Abbot Lawrence Stasyszen, O.S.B.

It is easy for us to be overwhelmed by stress, and the daily bad news. In scripture we discover an "attitude of gratitude" that counteracts such negative forces.

Abbot Lawrence made monastic profession on July 11, 1985. He was ordained to the priesthood on August 6, 1994. He holds a doctorate in Sacred Theology with an emphasis on Monastic Studies from Pontifical Athenaeum of St. Anselm, the Benedictine university in Rome. He was elected as the tenth Abbot of St. Gregory's Abbey on January 6, 2006.


June 23, 2018

Presenter: Fr. Boniface Copelin, O.S.B.

The traditional serenity prayer is a resource giving us a way to have more good days than bad days.

Fr. Boniface has been a professed member of St. Gregory's since 2001. He has degrees in Philosophy, Zoology and Theology from St. Anselm College, Ohio State University, and Sant' Anselmo respectively. He currently serves the community as Prior, Formation Director and Vocation Director.


July 28, 2018
"Your Sons and Daughters will Prophesy," Giving Witness as Young Adults

Presenter Fr. Simeon Spitz, O.S.B.

At Confirmation, young Catholics are sealed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Young adults can tap into those gifts to live their faith effectively in families, among peers or at work.

Fr. Simeon made monastic profession on January 6, 2010, and was ordained to the priesthood on May 31, 2014. He frequently provided pastoral assistance at parishes around Oklahoma on the weekends, and as a popular speaker at the Archdiocesan Catholic Summer Youth Camp at Our Lady of Guadalupe Camp and at parish youth groups.  He currently resides at the Benedictine Collegio Sant’Anselmo while pursuing advanced studies in sacred scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute.


September 22, 2018
"Made in God's Image; Called to Union with God"

Presenter: Br. Damian Whalen, O.S.B.

Taking a look at a practical approach to responding to the "universal call to contemplation."

Br. Damian made monastic profession on August 20, 1976. He holds a doctorate in Business from Capella University, with an emphasis in organization and management. He serves in a number of roles in the monastic community, including as choir master, organist, and as a member of the Abbey Liturgy Committee.


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