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Oblate and Friends Retreat

August 31-September 03

Welcome Home Retreat

The date for this years Oblate Retreat is August 31-September 03,2018. Labor Day weekend. Our presenters will be our Father Abbot Aidan, Marilyn Payer (known in community as Scholastica) and Sister Mary John Seyler from Holy Angels Convent located in Jonesboro Arkansas. We currently have two postulants and six novices so we continue to grow as members of the extended monastic community. As Oblates we remember that we are men and women of peace.We earnestly try to live by the Rule of St. Benedict in the world maintaining our connection with the monastery at which we made our oblation.
We are also encouraged to share our gifts and talents with the monastic community by carving out some time in our busy schedule to do volunteer work, or attend the annual retreat.
If you would like to stay over an extra night (at no charge) and join us for our Labor Day picnic by the river, you are more than welcome to do so.
We hope to see you at this years retreat, the community misses you and is waiting to "welcome you home"



Our presenter this year will be award winner Judith Valente. She is a Journalist, Poet, Author and Producer. She has been a regular contributor to PBS, NPR and the NPR affiliate in Central Illinois.
She has written numerous books, one of which is titled "How to Live" - What the Rule of St Benedict Teaches Us About Happiness, Meaning and Community.
Her new book "The Art of Pausing" is co-written with Trappist Brother Paul Quenon and Michael Bever.
Please join us for this weekend retreat with Judith - all are welcome to this place!

The rates will be:

Single: $225.00
Married Couple: $375.00
Deposit: $85.00

Commuter: $95.00 (Saturday lunch included)

We always try to keep the rates as low as possible for everyone. Remember that the guest rooms have private bathrooms and the rate includes three delicious meals per day. There will be a welcome social the first night.

I invite you to come and share a weekend with us in this beautiful valley, where your heart, mind and spirit will be lifted up and you will leave feeling alive and refreshed.

Abbot Aidan Gore, OSB oliv


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