News from Christ in the Desert:
Due to the maintenance of our satellite system, there will be intermittent and possibly lengthy interruptions to our email and telephone service.
Current Road Conditions to the Monastery
Road update 7/24/2014
The road leading to the Monastery, Forest Service Road 151, is dry. Four-wheel vehicles, while not necessary, are recommended to traverse the road.
Ongoing Monastic Formation: July 13 - 19, 2014
As part of our ongoing monastic formation, we have been privileged this past week to have once again in our midst Doctor Marsha L. Dutton, who is the Samuel and Susan Crowl Professor of Literature at Ohio University, Athens, OH. Doctor Dutton is an expert in medieval monastic, and especially Cisterican, authors, and enlighted us with 10 lectures on the spiritual writings of Gilbert of Hoyland (died 1172), Cistercian abbot of Swineshead Abbey, Linconshire, England. As always, Doctor Dutton's excellent talks and ready wit made the week go by very fast. May God reward Doctor Dutton for so willingly and generously teaching us monks of Christ in the Desert.
AT THE MONASTERY OF CHRIST IN THE DESERT 2014 and 2015
Please join us for a weekend or more in the coming months, for a preached retreat given by the monks of Christ in the Desert. Each retreat weekend will cover different topics and approaches to Benedictine Spirituality and its application to people in the world today. Feel welcome to attend more than one weekend, as each retreat will be unique in its content and focus.
The following weekends of preached retreats will be:
December 5 - 7, 2014, with Abbot Philip Lawrence, OSB
January 16 - 18, 2015, with Subprior Benedict McCaffree, OSB
January 30 - February 1, 2015, with Dom Andre Lemieux, OSB
February 27 - March 1, 2015, with Prior Christian Leisy, OSB
The weekend retreat will include Friday arrivals and an opening conference that night. On Saturday there will be three conferences during the day and a final conference on Sunday morning. The retreatants are invited and encouraged to partake in all of the chanted Divine Office (Liturgy of the Hours) with the monks in church, daily Mass and time of adoration, and the possibility of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Penance) on Saturday afternoon.
Silence and recollection will be the norm during the retreat, with time for personal prayer and solitude in the spectacular setting of the Monastery of Christ in the Desert.
Space is limited, so sign up early, using our online reservation procedure on the Guesthouse section of our website: www.christdesert.org
The retreats are open to men and women, coming as individuals, couples or in small groups.
Those who wish to come earlier than the weekend retreat may do so and/or stay on after the retreat. Just reserve a room or rooms for the dates you wish.
In addition to the customary donation for a stay here (see our website), there will be a $75 fee for each retreatant, or $100 for couples coming.
These are NOT directed retreats, where individual retreatants meet each day with a director. Rather, these are preached to a group, with an emphasis on self-direction and active participation in the contemplative life of the monastery itself. Three meals are provided each day, taken in silence.
That In All Things God May Be Glorified - St Benedict (480-547 AD)
2014 St. Benedict Pilgrimage
We are happy to announce that in 2014, October 13th - 21st we will be sponsoring (and some of us monks attending) a Pilgrimage to " Saint Benedict's Italy" including Norcia, Rome, Subiaco and Montecassino. The pilgrimage is to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of Christ in the Desert on June 24, 1964.
Please join us!
For more information please call:
Faith Journeys at 1-877-732-4845, Ext.100
Space is limited, early registration is recommended!