The Saint Vincent Archabbey Summer Retreat Program will host two online retreats this summer. There will be five pre-recorded retreat conferences and one pre-recorded session each of morning, midday and evening prayer with the Benedictine monastic community. Although the retreat website has been updated with the retreat descriptions, registration will not open until June 1. Registrants will have access to the retreats for one year. There will be a fee to subscribe to the retreats, which will be made available on Vimeo. For additional details visit www.saintvincentretreats.org.
The retreats are entitled The Biblical Theology of King David and The Parables of Jesus.
Father Edward Mazich, O.S.B., rector of Saint Vincent Seminary and professor of Sacred Scripture, Systematic Theology and Biblical Languages, notes that “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 Wulfstan Clough, O.S.B., a monk of the Archabbey for 30 years, is associate professor of English at Saint Vincent College. He notes that “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.”