Days of Reflection Retreats at St. Gregory's Abbey

January 19, 2019
"Through the Year with Mary"


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

The Blessed Virgin Mary is the perfect model of Christian discipleship and from the earliest centu-ries, the Church has celebrated pivotal moments of her life in the story of salvation. Abbot Lawrence will reflect on the major feasts and solemnities celebrated during the year to explore their message for our lives as disciples of her Son, Jesus.

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.

 

February 23, 2019
"Preparing for Lent"


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

When Lent comes around, do you haul out your usual list of practices? On this Day of Reflection, we will find a way to head into Lent reflectively, discover ways to make it a time when we can move closer to Jesus and seek transformation, so that we will arrive at Easter ready to celebrate new life, our new life.When Lent comes around, do you haul out your usual list of practices? On this Day of Reflection, we will find a way to head into Lent reflectively, discover ways to make it a time when we can move closer to Jesus and seek transformation, so that we will arrive at Easter ready to celebrate new life, our new life.

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.

 

March 23, 2019
"Opening the Eyes of the Heart"

Utilizing art and photography as contemplative prayer practices

Presented by Madeline Rugh, Ph.D. and Theresa Bragg, Ph.D.

Through stillness and listening for God’s voice with the ‘ear of our heart,’ we open the ‘eyes of our heart.’ During this quiet, we will practice the art of visio divina (sacred seeing). Through art and photography, attendees will be guided using techniques to help us see the Holy everywhere and to experience God in the details.

 

April 27, 2019
"The Invitation of Divine Mercy"


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

The message of Divine Mercy revealed in visions to St. Faustina Kowalska has been one of the fastest growing devotions in recent decades. It was championed by Pope St. John Paul II, who declared the Second Sunday of Easter to be the Feast of Divine Mercy. Abbot Lawrence will explore the message of Divine Mercy as revealed to St. Faustina, promoted by Pope St. John Paul II and Pope Francis, and found in Sacred Scripture.

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.

 

 

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