Dates for Father-Son Retreats for 2017
Friday, July 14 – Sunday, July 16
Friday, July 21 – Sunday, July 23
Friday, July 28 – Sunday, July 30
N.B. All weekends are limited to a total of 20 fathers and sons.
Several years ago, the monks of Saint Benedict Abbey came up with the idea of the Father/Son Vocation Weekend , an opportunity for young men, ages fourteen and up, and their fathers (or comparable guardians) to join us for a few days of living the monastic life.
The weekends begin with 6:00 p.m. Vespers on Friday, and end after 11:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday. In between, the fathers and sons join the monks for prayer, work, meals and recreation, with time set aside for conferences, and time made available for confessions and some good father and son interaction.
The Father/Son Vocation Weekend offers young men a unique perspective on vocation, by letting them experience at the same time both the vocation of their fathers and the vocation of the monks, the vocation to the married life and to the consecrated life. We consider such a perspective a vital part of a young Catholic’s spiritual development, especially in our day, when marriage is rarely considered a vocation, and the vocation to the religious life is rarely considered at all. We feel that every young man, no matter into what vocation God is calling him, should give serious consideration to both. Doing so will open up to him not only the beauty of matrimony and religious consecration, but also their necessity, and lead him to an appreciation of the loving providence of God, Who attracts men and women to both.
To get more information, please contact Father Anthony Kloss, O.S.B.
Special Alert! Monastic Experience weekend this Summer
This August – From Friday, August 11 through Sunday, August 13 – a weekend has been set aside to allow single men for the age of 18 to 30 to not only visit the Abbey, but also to actually live and experience monastic life just as the monks do.
For the whole weekend, you can pray, work and study along side the monks as they live their monastic calling. It’s a great way to get a “taste” of monastic life. You may even decide this is your vocation as well!
Contact Father Anthony for more Information