2019 Summer Retreats

Five retreats will be offered this summer as part of the Saint Vincent Archabbey Summer Retreat Program. All are three-day retreats beginning with the first session at 5:30 p.m. Friday and ending at 1 p.m. Sunday. Fees are $185 per person, with registration beginning at 3 p.m. in Leander Hall.
Online registration is available through the retreat office website at

Hospitality: Responding to God’s Generous Welcome to Us
Friday, May 24, 5:30 p.m.
to Sunday, May 26, 1 p.m.

From a Christian, Benedictine perspective hospitality involves far more than providing comfort for guests. This retreat will reflect on ways in which God welcomes us, ways in which we are summoned to welcome Him, and ways in which we can make room for others and thus have our hearts expanded in the love of Christ.
Retreat Master: Father Donald Raila, O.S.B., is director of the Saint Vincent Archabbey Oblate Program. He is the author of two books: Lessons from Benedict: Finding Joy in Daily Life; The Study Guide to Lessons from Saint Benedict: Finding Joy in Daily Life; and the editor of The Rule in Bits and Pieces, a collection of reflections covering every chapter of the Holy Rule of Saint Benedict.

Charismatic Prayer
Let Your Kingdom Come
Friday, June 14, 5:30 p.m.
to Sunday, June 16, 1 p.m.

At the beginning of the Acts of the Apostles, the disciples ask Jesus, “Lord, at this time are you going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts1:6). He does not directly answer the question, but tells them to go and pray, and that they will receive power from on high to be his witnesses in the world. In short, Jesus establishes the kingdom anywhere his followers, empowered by the Holy Spirit, make his presence and his Church present in the world. This is what the world needs today—outward, tangible, visible manifestations of God’s transformative and restorative power! In short, we still pray to God in response to the prayer of Pope St. John XXIII, “Renew your wonders in this our day, as by a new Pentecost! Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! Let Your Kingdom come!”
Retreat Master: Father Shawn Matthew Anderson, O.S.B., earned a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary in 2007 and a doctorate from Virginia Commonwealth University in pharmacology. He serves as an assistant professor of biology.

The Humility of the Sacred Heart
in Benedictine Spirituality
Friday, June 28, 5:30 p.m.
to Sunday, June 30, 1 p.m.

As we celebrate the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, during this weekend retreat, we remember the simple beautiful invocation of the Litany of the Sacred Heart, “Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make our hearts like unto Thine.” Saint Benedict lived long before the Revelation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to Saint Margaret Mary, but he already highlighted a key virtue of the Sacred Heart: humility. In this retreat we will reflect on humility in Benedictine spirituality and the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Retreat Master: Father Boniface Hicks O.S.B., has master of arts and master of divinity degrees from Saint Vincent Seminary, as well as a Ph.D. in computer science from Pennsylvania State University. He co-authored, along with Father Thomas Acklin, O.S.B., the book Spiritual Direction: A Guide for Sharing the Father’s Love, and is also director of Spiritual Life for Saint Vincent Seminary.

The Virtue of Fortitude
in Our Troubled Times
Friday, July 19, 5:30 p.m.
to Sunday, July 21, 1 p.m.

The Catholic Faith will provide all the strength needed for you to battle the growing darkness of our troubled times—if you take Christ as your Captain. This retreat will focus on the special challenges facing men in our post-Christian social environment and ways to cultivate the virtue of fortitude. The teachings of the Church on the virtue of fortitude and the pursuit of holiness will be illustrated by Church history and the lives of the saints.
Retreat Master: Father Maurus Mount, O.S.B., has master of arts, master of divinity and bachelor of sacred theology degrees from Saint Vincent Seminary, a master of arts degree in classical languages from the University of Illinois, and a doctorate in classical philology from the University of Vienna, Austria. He is an assistant professor of classical languages at Saint Vincent Seminary and a member of the faculty of Saint Vincent College.

Practitioners of Silence
Friday, July 26, 5:30 p.m.
to Sunday, July 28, 1 p.m.

We live in a noisy and bustling society that generally misunderstands, devalues, and sometimes even fears silence. Drawing from various sources of inspiration as our guide, this retreat will explore how the careful cultivation and practice of silence and restraint of speech may improve the quality of our lives and the lives of those around us.
Retreat Master: Father Jeffrey Nyardy, O.S.B., earned a master of divinity degree from Saint Vincent Seminary. His work at Saint Vincent Archabbey includes serving as a member of the faculty and staff of Benedictine Priory and Benedictine Military High School, Savannah, Georgia. He has also served as junior master of the monastic community and director of solemnly professed Benedictine and visiting religious seminarians. He continues to serve as an assistant to the Archabbot.