Virtual Zoom Retreats 2021

THE MONASTERY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Zoom Retreat Schedule – 2021

In response to the present pandemic (Covid-19), the retreat house is closed for an indefinite period.  We are, however, presenting Zoom retreats.  We will have members of the community give these conferences and a few of our regular Retreat Presenters. Please call the retreat house if you are interested in joining one of our Zoom Conferences.  

Our Office is open Monday-Friday 8:00-1:00, and the number is 770-760-0959.  Suggested donation for Retreats: $45.00

Below are the Scheduled Virtual Zoom Retreats and their presenters.
 Jan   Feb   March   April   May   June  July   Aug   Sept   Oct   Nov   Dec


January 9 and10
Wisdom of the Christian Mystics
(Br. Elias & Carl McColman)
From the Desert Fathers to Julian of Norwich to Thomas Merton, Christian history is filled with stories of men and women who experienced a profound sense of God's presence in their lives. Can the teachings of the mystics still speak to us today?  The mystics themselves would say "Yes."  Furthermore, their message is not just for priests, monks or nuns, but is indeed meant for the entire people of God.  With this in mind, during this weekend, we will look at several ways that the wisdom of the Christian mystics can provide insight and inspiration for our age. This includes the universal call to holiness, St. Paul's directive to "pray without ceasing," and the promise from the Psalms to "Be still and know that I am God."
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two sessions:
(1) Saturday, January 9, 9:00 AM
(2) Sunday, January 10 @ 10:30 AM.


Saturday, January 16
Contemplative Prayer
(Br. Michael)
Prayer is a loving exchange with God. When we learn to receive the gift of God's presence through loving silence, we are able to develop our personal relationship with Him. One way to receive this gift is through centering prayer, traditionally known as contemplative prayer. This type of prayer enables us to rest in God, leading to a more intimate relationship with Him.
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two sessions on Saturday, January 16, 9:00 AM & 1:30 PM


Saturday, January 23
Prayer and the Image of God
(Fr. Francis Michael)
The focus of this retreat is discovering and exploring our images of God and how they affect our prayer.  As St. Teresa of Avila learned, discovering the images of God can profoundly affect our prayer life and, ultimately, our relationship with God.

Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two sessions on Saturday, January 23, 9:00 AM & 1:30 PM


Saturday, January 30
Befriending Fear
(Br. Mark)
In life, there are fears that have to be faced and even embraced if we are to grow and expand. Fear has a good purpose. It protects us from danger. However, it can also keep us from stepping over obstacles that keep us from maturing and living life fully. Once we give in to fears that are based on a lack of self-worth, it can become a habit that can back those afflicted into a very small corner. It is not an easy journey, but one well worth taking.

Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two sessions on Saturday, January 30, 9:00 AM & 1:30 PM


Saturday, February 13
Preparing for Lent
(Fr. Gerard)
Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. It is a time to make space within the soul, to simplify one’s life. During Lent, we make room for God, a conscious choice that can involve some sacrifice. It is about being open to grace. Let us prepare for this journey together and see where God is taking us.
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two sessions on Saturday, February 13, 9:00 AM & 1:30 PM


Saturday, February 20
The Monk Within
(Br. Michael)
As we are all contemplatives; we all have a “monk within.”  Come and discover "the monk within you." This retreat will focus on ways to nourish the contemplative dimension in yourself through prayer, silence, solitude, work and community.
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two Sessions on Saturday, 9:30 AM & 1:30 PM


Saturday, February 27
Healing a Painful Past
(Br. Mark)
Painful memories can haunt us and some themes are repeated throughout our lives. This retreat will provide an opening to God's healing touch that can help free us from the grip of past experiences and enable us to adopt a story that is more life-giving and fulfilling.
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two Sessions on Saturday, 9:30 AM & 1:30 PM


Saturday, March 13                                                                                     back to top
Dancing Madly Backwards
(Br. Elias)
This retreat focuses on what St. Benedict calls the tools of the spiritual craft: various practical ways to follow the lead of the Spirit in the unfolding of a silent, loving communion with God beyond the senses, words or rituals. Participants will learn practices to deepen the silence at the bottom of the soul, skillful ways that deal with harmful thoughts and feelings, the prayer of gratitude, the use of the imagination in praying the Gospels, ways to silence the chatter and commentaries inside the mind, and how to “dance madly backwards” by releasing the power of the Name of Jesus.
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two Sessions on Saturday, 9:30 AM & 1:30 PM                                          


Saturday, March 20
Cannonball Moments:  Pandemic Spirituality One Year Later and St. Ignatius of Loyola.(Jackie Sullivan and Alison Umminger Mattison)
This retreat will take St. Ignatius’s experience of a cannonball shattering his leg –and consequently his world—as the framing metaphor for how this past year, challenging and painful as it was, is an invitation for growth and reflection. The experience of COVID-19 gave the world a “cannonball moment,” and participants are invited, in this retreat, to reflect on where they have been, where they are going, and the ways in which God might be leading them to a new understanding of life and purpose.
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two Sessions on Saturday, 9:30 AM & 1:30 PM


Saturday, March 27
Palm Sunday: Meeting Jesus during Holy Week
(Br. Mark)
In the Passion narratives of the Gospels, we meet three facets of Jesus: (1) Jesus who plumbs the depths of human pain and alienation; (2) Jesus who reaches out to others in concern and forgiveness, even on the road to Calvary; and (3) Jesus who freely lays down His life and embraces death as victory.  Contemplating these facets assures us that God is listening, even in our darkest hours of pain, failure and alienation. We can find God in suffering when we open ourselves to His reconciling compassion and forgiveness.  Even the worst evil and distortion in our world have no power
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two Sessions on Saturday, 9:30 AM & 1:30 PM


Saturday, April 10                                                                back to top
Divine Mercy Retreat
(Br. Mark)
God has revealed to us His boundless, merciful love in His Son, Jesus.  His heart was broken with love as He wept over a Jerusalem that would later refuse His love, nailing Him to a cross.  That cross brings us hope today.  The message has rung out through the centuries, yet we have often become deaf to His merciful love.  This retreat will focus on how we can receive the healing love poured out from the radiant heart of our Lord once we learn to put our trust in Him.

Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two Sessions on Saturday, 9:30 AM & 1:30 PM


Saturday, April 24    
Spanish Retreat - St. John of the Cross
(Br. Juan Diego)
San Juan de la Cruz: poeta y profesor de meditación
Hoy día son muchos los cristianos que buscan caminos de meditación con maestros asiáticos. Sin embargo, tenemos un profesor insigne de meditación dentro de la pasión y estilo latinos: San Juan de la Cruz. En este retiro vamos a conocer la Noche Oscura presentada por Juan, cuyo amanecer trae la paz y amistad con Dios.

Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two Sessions on Saturday, 9:30 AM & 1:30 PM                                                      


Saturday, May 1                                                                                  back to top
Stewardship of God’s Creation
(Fr. Francis Michael)
Creation is God’s gift to us. We are called as Christians to care for this precious gift. We must not leave the care of the environment to others. As we are called to care for the life of all people from the womb until natural death, we are called to also cherish the gift of our planet earth with its soil, water, plants, and animals all knit together in the Web of life. We do not see the care of creation as opposed to caring for all human life, but rather, care for humans demands that we care for our home, the earth. To love God is to love all His good gifts.

Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two Sessions on Saturday, 9:30 AM & 1:30 PM


Saturday, May 8
The Power of Prayer
(Fr. Gerard)
The power of prayer is its ability to make us aware of our childlike dependence on God’s freely given grace. It is all about the heart.  As we make time for God, we allow room for grace to enter.  It allows us to put our ego aside and to go deeper in and allow healing to happen. It is all about relationship, not about technique.
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two Sessions on Saturday, 9:30 AM & 1:30 PM


Saturday, May 22
Codependency
(Br. Michael)
On this retreat, we will discuss denial patterns, low self-esteem patterns, compliance patterns, control patterns, and avoidance patterns that affect healthy relationships. We will talk about healthy ways to deal with these patterns. Our goal is to have healthy inter-dependent relationships with family, relatives, friends, co-workers, and even with God.

Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two Sessions on Saturday, 9:30 AM & 1:30 PM


Saturday, June 5                                                                                                    back to top
Anger, Resentment & Forgiveness
(Br. Mark)
Forgiveness of all is a central challenge of Jesus' ministry. We can often get stuck in anger or resentment. History teaches us that this has led tribes and nations to marginalize, dehumanize, and kill other tribes, nations, and peoples. This retreat will help us own our anger and resentment. While we have no pat answers, Christ is with us to empower us to forgive, to live forgiveness, and thus be the leaven of love to our communities in our modern world.
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two Sessions on Saturday, 9:30 AM & 1:30 PM


Saturday, June 19
Creativity as a Spiritual Path –SoulCollage® - for your Inner Artist and More
(Alison Umminger Mattison and Jackie Sullivan)
God, the Great Creator, has given each of us unique creative gifts.  As children, we are usually attuned to these gifts and practice and celebrate them with ease.  In adulthood, however, many of us find that we have put a creative dream or two aside to attend to more practical matters.  This retreat will excavate those dreams and maybe even reveal new ones.  Using Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way:  A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity and SoulCollage®, we will work together to break through past creative blocks and generate new visions for ourselves and our work.  This inner work helps grow our view of a generous God who invites us, as creative beings, to participate in an ever-unfolding Creation. 
Virtual Retreat on Zoom                                                                                             
Two Sessions on Saturday, 9:30 AM & 1:30 PM


Saturday, June 26
Anxiety and Depression- A Spiritual Rx
(Br. Mark)
Life can leave us exhausted and everyday living can feel like an endless chore. This retreat provides tools for opening ourselves to the healing touch of the Living God. Christ longs for us to deeply receive His Love - a Love that provides Peace to the anxious; Light to those trapped in the darkness of depression; and New Life for all of us.
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two Sessions on Saturday, 9:30 AM & 1:30 PM


Saturday, July 10
Boundaries
(Br. Michael)
This retreat will focus on “boundary issues.”  Do you “invade” other people’s boundaries?  Do you allow others to “cross” your boundaries?  Boundaries are legitimate, healthy “fences” that we put between ourselves and others in order to maintain healthy relationships.  The purposes of having boundaries are to protect and care for ourselves, and respect others, thereby establishing healthy relationships.
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two Sessions on Saturday, 9:30 AM & 1:30 PM


Saturday, July 17
Listening to God
(Fr. Gerard)
This retreat focuses on learning to listen to God with the ears of our hearts. We will learn how to listen to God speak to us through the Scriptures, how to listen in the monastic tradition (Rule of Benedict), how to listen to conscience, the silence of God, and how to listen to the hearts of our brothers and sisters.  Please bring a notebook for journaling.
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two Sessions on Saturday, 9:30 AM & 1:30 PM


Saturday, July 24                                                                                     
Rediscovering the Saints: Listening to God’s call in YOUR life
(Jackie Sullivan and Alison Umminger Mattison)
This retreat will look at the lives of the Saints as a window into our own spiritual development.  It’s easy to forget that the Saints were just “regular” people who followed God with their whole hearts and that all of us are called to do the same-- to be Saints!  By listening to the lives of those who listened to Jesus, we get insight into our own opportunities to grow in faith.   We will mix journaling activities with group sharing to mine the wisdom that these spiritual greats have for our own “regular” lives.
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two Sessions on Saturday, 9:30 AM & 1:30 PM


Saturday, August 7                                                                                        back to top
Spirituality of Imperfection
(Fr. Francis Michael)
The spirituality of imperfection speaks to those who seek meaning in the absurd, peace within the chaos, light within the darkness, and joy within the suffering, without denying the reality and even the necessity of absurdity, chaos, darkness, and suffering. This is not spirituality for the saints or the gods, but for people who suffer from what the philosopher and psychologist William James called “torn-to-pieces-hood.” We have all known that experience. To be human is to feel, at times, divided, fractured, and pulled in a dozen directions ... and to yearn for serenity and some healing of our “torn-to-pieces-hood.
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two Sessions on Saturday, 9:30 AM & 1:30 PM


Saturday, August 14
Too Deep for Words
(Br. Elias)
In the teachings of Jesus, there are prayers, and then prayer---a silent, loving communion with God beyond the senses, words, or rituals. We invite retreatants to learn prayer rooted in the Gospels---ancient, proven ways for the most part, unknown in our culture. The theme of this retreat is the gradual unfolding of the divine image within us into likeness. Participants will become familiar with the use of the breath and imagination in prayer, and ways to develop interior silence and stillness. We will also present practices to deal with afflictive thoughts and feelings, and the incessant chatter and commentaries inside us that prevent our going deeper into God. As a final word, this retreat longs to help participants to become more of what they already are, living flames of kindness and compassion.
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two Sessions on Saturday, 9:30 AM & 1:30 PM


Saturday, August 21
Spanish Retreat - Co-Dependency
(Br. Juan Diego)
La codependencia
Sin ser catalogado como patología, la codependencia debilita nuestras relaciones interpersonales, corroe nuestra fuerza vital y hace que el compromiso cristiano se vuelva amargo.  En este retiro vamos a percatarnos del yugo de la codependencia, a fin de cambiarlo por el yugo de la salud y la libertad.
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two Sessions on Saturday, 9:30 AM & 1:30 PM


Saturday, August 28                                                back to top
Self Confrontation
(Br. Mark)
A retreat that deals with the need to grow through self-knowledge and the courage to make that journey.

Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two Sessions on Saturday, 9:30 AM & 1:30 PM


Saturday, September 11
Cistercian Spirituality
(Fr. Cassian)
This retreat will explore how the Charisms, such as patience, humility, Liturgy of the Hours, Lectio Divina, silence, and solitude, that define the life of the monastic community can be readily translated to the lay community. We will discuss how you can live the Charisms in your everyday life.

Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two Sessions on Saturday, 9:30 AM & 1:30 PM                                                                    back to top


Saturday, September 18 
The Self in Light and Shadow:  Self-Knowledge, SoulCollage®, and Spiritual Growth (4th Step Retreat)
(Alison Umminger Mattison, Jackie Sullivan, and Celpha Sands) 
Both The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola and 12 Step Programs view the challenging work of self-assessment as a key component of spiritual maturity.  This retreat will invite individuals to gently assess their individual gifts and challenges through SoulCollage® and times of reflection, knowing that a loving God holds all, and that self-understanding leads to a more balanced and spiritually healthy life.
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two Sessions on Saturday, 9:30 AM & 1:30 PM


Saturday, September 25                                               back to top
Encountering Jesus in the Eucharist
(Fr. Gerard)
The Eucharist is the most intimate way in which Jesus Christ is present to us... By participating in the Mass, each one of us has the opportunity to encounter Jesus in the most profound way possible. It is a little piece of Heaven here on earth each time we receive Him, what a Joy!
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two Sessions on Saturday, 9:30 AM & 1:30 PM


Saturday, October 2
The Road to Emmaus: Deepening our Lectio Divina
(Fr. Cassian & Dennis Mulcare)
Join us to encounter Jesus in scripture, to meet him on the road of our own spiritual journey and to receive him in the Eucharistic liturgy.

Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two Sessions on Saturday, 9:30 AM & 1:30 PM


Saturday, October 9
Spiritual HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training - Spiritual Exercises for Young Adults
(Jackie Sullivan and Alison Umminger Mattison)
In the spirit of St. Ignatius, this retreat is designed for young adults:  seekers, undecideds, and those who are committed in their faith.  We will engage with Spiritual Exercises that have stood the test of time.  Exercises focused on uncovering our deepest desires, listening for God’s voice, and using intuitive collage to let the soul speak will be part of this one-day “Annual” for your spiritual health. 
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two Sessions on Saturday, 9:30 AM & 1:30 PM   


Saturday, October 16
Contemplative Prayer
(Br. Michael)
Prayer is a loving exchange with God. When we learn to receive the gift of God’s presence through loving silence, we are able to develop our personal relationship with Him. One way to receive this gift is through centering prayer, traditionally known as contemplative prayer. This type of prayer enables us to rest in God, leading to a more intimate relationship with Him.
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two Sessions on Saturday, 9:30 AM & 1:30 PM


Saturday, October 23
Loving Ourselves
(Br. Mark)
To love ourselves is a command given by Christ Jesus. You are not an accident, God created you on purpose and for a purpose. He loves you and created you to be in relationship with him.  It demands faith to trust in God and to love ourselves enough to continue on our journey in spite of the failures and roadblocks we often face.
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two Sessions on Saturday, 9:30 AM & 1:30 PM

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Saturday, October 30                                                                
Conversations with a Monk
(Fr. Francis Michael)
We will have different members of our community as presenters for these conferences and they will take place on either a Saturday morning or Thursday evening, each conference will last about an hour and a half. It will be a time for sharing and answering questions. So be sure to have your questions ready! 
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two Sessions on Saturday, 9:30 AM & 1:30 PM


Saturday, November 6
The Power of Silence
(Fr. Gerard)
Silence is more than a lack of noise, in silence we learn about ourselves, then our true journey begins. We move beneath our worries, anger, and illusions coming to experience our true feelings, joys, and pains. Our demons are unmasked. As we go deeper we hear God's gentle voice loving us boundlessly and making us sensitive to God in others, in each moment. We learn of grace, overflowing mercy, and yes we start to trust in the struggle that we are all called to, the long journey to become fully human as Christ Jesus was fully human. 
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two Sessions on Saturday, 9:30 AM & 1:30 PM


Saturday, November 20
A Day of Reflection: Preparing for Advent
(Br. Mark)
Advent is the season of preparation - getting ready for Jesus. Are you ready for His coming during this wonderful time of year? His coming in the flesh Son of God, Son of Mary. His Birth is the central event in human history. Christ came into the world and His birth has affected the world as none other. Come join us as we prepare to receive Him!
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two Sessions on Saturday, 9:30 AM & 1:30 PM


Saturday, December 4                                                                                   back to top
The Liturgy as Spiritual Experience
(Celpha Sands, Jackie Sullivan, and Alison Umminger Mattison)
It is the seasons within the Liturgical Year that offers Christians the opportunity to spiritually experience the Mystery of Christ. The Christmas-Epiphany Mystery focuses on his divine light. The Easter-Ascension Mystery focuses on his divine life. The Pentecost Mystery focuses on his divine love. Therefore, when we contemplatively celebrate the Eucharist, we experience Christ’s divine light as wisdom, Christ’s divine life as empowering, and Christ’s divine love as transforming. Accordingly, whenever, these experiences are manifested in our lives, they are received as a gift or grace. The gift or grace of Christ’s presence and action in the church’s sacraments, in prayer and in our daily lives.  This retreat will invite pilgrims to experience the Liturgy in a new way, particularly the Incarnational Mystery of the Advent Season.
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two Sessions on Saturday, 9:30 AM & 1:30 PM


Saturday, December 11
12 Step Spirituality for Everyone
(Br. Michael)
This retreat will show how everyone can use the Twelve Steps of AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) in their spiritual lives.  The retreat will provide practical ways to use the Twelve Steps as spiritual “tools” on your journey to God.
Virtual Retreat on Zoom
Two Sessions on Saturday, 9:30 AM & 1:30 PM