March 18-20, 2011: "The Life and Piety of St. Francis of Assisi"

Location: Mary Mother of the Church Abbey (Richmond, VA)
Guest Speaker:  Fr. Augustine Thompson, O.P., S.T.M., Professor of History, Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology,
Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California 
Retreat Chaplain: Fr. Jacek Buda, O.P.

Preliminary Schedule of 2011 Retreat
Friday, March 18, 2011
6:30-7:30pm: Arrive at Mary Mother of the Church Abbey
7:30: Evening Prayer (Conference Room, Lower level)
8:00: Dinner
9:30: Night Prayer

Saturday, March 19, 2011
8:00-8:30am: Breakfast
9:00: Morning Prayer 
9:30-11:30:     First Session--What Can St. Francis teach us on Conversion and Vocation?
Presenter: Fr. Augustine Thompson, O.P., S.T.M.; Professor of History, Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology,
Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California 

Readings: St. Francis of Assisi: A Critical Life, chs.1-3
11:30: Mass
Noon: Lunch
1:00-3:00: Personal time (Confessions available with Benedictine Abbey monks,Time and Location TBA)
3:00-3:30: Stations of the Cross
3:30-4:45: Second Session--What Can St. Francis teach us about living as Catholics?
Presenter: Fr. Augustine Thompson, O.P. 
Readings: St. Francis of Assisi: A Critical Life,chs. 4-6
4:45: Evening Prayer 
5:00: Dinner
7:00-8:
00: Third Session--What Can St. Francis teach us about Sickness and Death?
Readings: St. Francis of Assisi: A Critical Life, chs. 7-8
8:00: Night Prayer 
8:30pm: Faculty Reception

Sunday, March 20, 2011
7:30-8:00am: Breakfast
8:30: Morning Prayer

9:00: Mass with the Benedictine Abbey monks (Abbey Church)
10:00: Departure

 

 

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February 20, 2010
Lenten Retreat Topic: "The Truth will set you free"

Location:    St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish (Charlottesville, VA), 12:00-8pm
Guest Speaker:   Dr. Thomas Russman
, (retired, formerly Director of the Center for Thomistic Studies at the University of St. Thomas (in Houston) and past President of the American Catholic Philosophical Association)
Retreat Chaplain: Fr. Stephen Alcott, O.P.

Lenten Retreat Schedule
11:00-12:00: Adoration and Confessions (optional)

12:00pm: Assemble in St. Thomas Hall, Sixth Hour (Noon) Prayer
12:15: Lunch
1:15: Session I: Thomas Russman, "Journeying the Biblical Cosmos, pt. 1"
2:45: Ninth Hour Prayer
3:00: Stations of the Cross
3:30: Coffee/Tea break
3:45: Session II: Thomas Russman, "Journeying the Biblical Cosmos, pt. 2"
5:15: Mass
6:30: Dinner
8:00pm: Evening Prayer

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March 27-29, 2009 – Lenten Retreat Topic: The Love of God and the Spiritual Life

Location: Mary Mother of the Church Abbey (Richmond, VA)
Guest Speaker:     Dr. Robert Louis Wilken
        William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of the History of Christianity, Department of Religious Studies, University of Virginia
Retreat Chaplain: Fr. Augustine Thompson, O.P.

Readings:     
1. Origen, Commentary on the Song of Songs, pp.21-39.
2. The Works of Bernard of Clairvaux. Vol. Two. Song of Songs, pp. 1-20.
3. Augustine, Confessions, 13.vi(7)-13.xi(12), pp. 276-80; AND 9.4.8
4. Gregory of Nyssa, On the Soul and the Resurrection, ch. 6, "Purification of the Soul," pp. 75-81.
5. Augustine, City of God, Bk.XIV, ch.9, pp. 561-566.
6. Maximus Confessor. Selected Writings. Four Hundred Chapters of Love, esp. 36-39, 70-71.
7. Augustine, The Catholic Way of Life and the Manichean Way of Life, (11.18-17.32) pp. 39-46.
8. Wilken, The Spirit of Early Christian Thought, Chapter 12 and Epilogue, pp. 291-321.
 

Schedule of 2009 Retreat
Friday, March 27, 2009
6:30-7:30pm: Arrive at Mary Mother of the Church Monastery
7:30: Evening Prayer (Conference Room, Lower level)
8:00: Faculty Reception and Dinner (Lower level)
9:30: Night Prayer

Saturday, March 28, 2009
8:00-8:30am: Breakfast
9:00: Morning Prayer             
9:30-11:30:     First Session--Origen (185-232), Bernard of Clairvaux (c.1090-1153)
Presenter: Robert Louis Wilken, Religious Studies, University of Virginia
Background Readings:
a) Wilken, The Spirit of Early Christian Thought, Chapter 12 and Epilogue, pp. 291-321.
b) Origen, Commentary on the Song of Songs, pp.21-39.
c) The Works of Bernard of Clairvaux. Vol. Two. Song of Songs, pp. 1-20.
d) Augustine, Confessions, 13.vi(7)-13.xi(12), pp. 276-80.
11:30: Mass
Noon: Lunch
1:00-2:30: Free time (Confessions available,1:30-2:30: Location TBA)
2:30-4:30: Second Session--Augustine (354-430), Gregory of Nyssa (c.329-c.389), Maximus Confessor (c.580-662)
Presenter: Robert Louis Wilken, Religious Studies, University of Virginia
Background Readings:
a) Augustine, City of God, Bk.XIV, ch.9, pp. 561-566.
b) Gregory of Nyssa, "Purification of the Soul," pp. 75-81.
c) Augustine, The Catholic Way of Life and the Manichean Way of Life, (11.18-17.32) pp. 39-46..
d) Maximus Confessor. Selected Writings. Four Hundred Chapters of Love, esp. 36-39, 70-71.
4:30: Evening Prayer 
5:00: Dinner                           
7:00-8:00: Third Session--"The Psalms and the Spiritual Life"
a) Augustine, Confessions, 9.4.8
8:00: Night Prayer 
8:30pm: Faculty Social

Sunday, March 29, 2009
7:30-8:00am: Breakfast
8:30: Morning Prayer
9:00: Mass with the Benedictine Abbey monks (Abbey Church)
10:00: Departure
 
Contact Numbers
Mary Mother of the Church Abbey: 12829 River Road, Richmond, VA 23238, Tel: 804-784-3508,Fax: 804-784-2214; Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Robert Wilken (Religious Studies): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Joe Davis (Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture/Sociology): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Additional Opportunities at the Abbey
-Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is available in the Abbey chapel from 5 a.m. until Midnight.
-The Abbey is located on 50 acres overlooking the historic James River.
-Basketball Gymnasium access; outdoor soccer fields and track.
 
Driving Directions from Charlottesville
Take I-64 E for about 50 miles.
Merge onto VA-288 S at Exit 175 to Chesterfield (about 5.5 miles)
  
Exit at Patterson Ave/VA-6 E towards Richmond and drive about 1 mile,
Then turn right on Pagebrooke Dr and travel another mile.
Turn right on River Rd. The Abbey is located at 12829 River Road.
 

March 14-16, 2008 - Lenten Retreat Topic: What is Catholic Social Doctrine?

Location: Mary, Mother of the Church Abbey (Richmond, VA)
Guest Speaker:  Dr. Russell Hittinger
      Warren Professor of Catholic Studies in the Department of Philosophy and Religion, University of Tulsa
Retreat Chaplain: Fr. Ralph Hamlet


Readings:

  • Russell Hittinger, “The Personhood of Society: What Makes Catholic Social Doctrine ‘Social’?”
  • Leo XIII, Rerum Novarum (1891)
  • Pius XI, Quadragesimo Anno (1931)
  • Russell Hittinger, “Human Nature and States of Nature in John  Paul II’s Theological Anthropology”
  • John Paul II, Centesimus annus (1991).

March, 2007 - Lenten Retreat Topic: What is it that we university faculty do, and what contribution is made to our doing it by the fact that we are Catholic?

Location: Mary, Mother of the Church Abbey (Richmond, VA)
Guest Speaker:  Dr. Reinhard Huetter
             Professor of Christian Theology, Duke University Divinity School  
Retreat Chaplain: Fr. Augustine Thompson, O.P.

Readings:

  • Joseph Pieper, Leisure the Basis of Culture
  • Jacques and Raisa Maritan, Prayer and Intelligence
  • Joseph Pieper, The Four Cardinal Virtues (selections)
  • Alice Ramos, "Studiositas and Curiositas,"  Educational Horizons 83/4 (2005)
  • Alasdair Macintyre, "The End of Education," Commonweal (October 20, 2006)
  • Robert Louis Wilken, "Catholicism in the Secular University,"  First Things (forthcoming).

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