Dallas Benedictine Monastic Experience
The 14th annual multi-denominational Dallas Benedictine Monastic Experience will take place at The Catholic Conference and Formation Center in Dallas from Wednesday, June 22 to Sunday, June 26, 2011. This monastic retreat is presented by The Friends of St. Benedict, Washington, D.C. and is open to both men and women, laity and clergy of all denominations. Participants will live on the campus of the center for five days, forming a temporary monastic community to experience the balanced way of life of The Rule of St. Benedict as it divides each day into private and group prayer, study, work, and leisure. Four Benedictine Offices (Lauds, Sext, Vespers, and Compline) will be chanted each day in English in Gregorian Chant. There will also be two classes each day on Benedictine spirituality. Please e-mail or call 214-339-8483 (10 AM -10 PM in Dallas) for more information.
The retreat will be led by two nationally-known Benedictine monks. The Very Rev. Robert Hale, O.S.B.Cam, is a Roman Catholic Camaldolese Benedictine monk. He was superior for twelve years of New Camaldoli Monastery in Big Sur, California. Brother Abraham Newsom, O.S.B., a Texas native, is a monk at St. Gregory’s Abbey (Episcopal) in Three Rivers, Michigan. Both Father Robert and Brother Abraham will give presentations on Benedictine values and their applications to life today. Both monks are also available for private spiritual meetings for those who wish it.
George Trauth, Director