Calendar of Retreats

We are happy to announce that the renovation and expansion of the Saint Benedict Guesthouse and Retreat Center is now complete! In addition to renovating the original building, a new wing offers a parking-level lobby and meeting rooms, a commercial kitchen and dining room, and new retreat rooms for overnight guests.

2021 Abbey Sponsored & Co-Sponsored Retreats

St. Joseph Advent Retreat
Br. Louis de Montfort Nguyen, O.S.B.
November 19–21, 2021

Advent Retreat –
Journeying to Bethlehem
with St. Joseph

Br. Louis de Montfort Nguyen, O.S.B.

November 19-21, 2021

This retreat is a spiritual and contemplative journey to Bethlehem and the heart of the Mystery of the Incarnation. Accompanied by St. Joseph, this retreat will reflect on St. Joseph’s central role in the Incarnation, the Annunciation and fiat of St. Joseph, and his essential role as the virginal father of the Lord and virginal spouse of the Mother of God. May this journey lead each soul to true devotion and love for our spiritual father St. Joseph and pave the way for a true consecration to him.

Recommended readings:
Consecration to St. Joseph, by Fr. Donald Calloway
St. Joseph as the Shadow of the Father, by Andrew Doze
The Life and Glories of St. Joseph, by Edward Thomas Healy

Cost:
$262 Single
$420 Couple
$130 Commuter (meals and conferences)

For registration, please email for information and availability, or call 503.845.3025.

Friday
2:00 to 5:00 pm Registration
5:00 pm Orientation to the Divine Office (Abbey church vestibule)
8:00 pm Welcome Orientation (Engelberg Conference)
Saturday
8 am Mass in the Abbey church
9:15 to 10 am Conference
10:30 am Conference
2:30 pm Conference
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Sunday
9 am Mass in the Abbey church
10:30 am Conference

2 Become 1 – A Retreat to Explore the Beauty and Truth of Catholic Marriage
Fr. Matt Libra, Lynda Olsen, Patricia Mackie, LPC
December 10–12, 2021

2 Become 1
A Retreat to Explore the Beauty
and Truth of Catholic Marriage

for Married and Engaged Couples, Co-Sponsored by Mount Angel Abbey and the Archdiocese of Portland

Features Fr. Matt Libra, Lynda Olsen, Patricia Mackie, LPC, and your marriage!

December 10-12, 2021

A retreat from the hustle and bustle of life to focus on your one true vocation, the vocation of marriage. For engaged and married couples, this weekend will offer you opportunities to pray together, learn together, play together, and grow together. God has created this sacred sacrament and called you to it. On this weekend you will be invited to discern your current state of life, and listen and respond to God’s call and invitation to allow him into this Holy calling. This weekend is focused on learning how to respond to God’s call to marital holiness, you will review a personalized inventory of your relationship, and have quiet moments for prayer, reflection, and discussion.

This weekend qualifies for Marriage Preparation for the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon. Check with your individual parish for specific requirements.

Cost: $525 – Couple (includes room and board for 2 nights, meals, and speaker fees)

For registration, please click here or email patricia@everydaycounselingpdx.com for more information.

Friday
1-2:30 pm Registration
2:30 pm Orientation
3 pm Conference
(Keynote with Fr. Matt Libra on Theology of the Body & The Sacrament of Marriage)
5:15 pm Vespers followed by Adoration
6 pm Dinner
7:25 pm Compline
SATURDAY
5:20 am Vigils (optional)
6:25 am Lauds (optional)
7 am Breakfast
8 am Mass
9:15-10 am Conference (Prepare & Enrich)
10:30 am Conference (Skills for a Lifetime of Love)
12 pm Noon Prayer
12:15 pm Lunch
2:30 pm Conference (Married Sexual Intimacy)
5:15 pm Vespers
6 pm Dinner
7:25 pm Social Hour at the Brewery
SUNDAY
6:35 am Lauds
7:30 am Breakfast
9 am Mass
10:30 am Conference (Living Your Spirituality)
11:15 am Small Group Discussion
12 pm   Noon Prayer
12:15 pm Lunch & End of Retreat
2 Become 1

A couple rushes out the door hurrying to finish dishes and shuttle children to sports, the husband rushes one way, while the wife dashes the other. They return home tired, collapse on the couch, turn on the TV, scroll through social media, or return to their phone to complete one more to do item. They cannot recall the last time they actually shared an intimate evening, bared their soul to one another, and felt completely seen.

Another couple is in the thick of wedding planning. They are choosing menu items and completing guest lists. The dress is waiting; the tux is waiting, and they have been fighting about everything.

If any of these statements seem true to you, check out this 2 Become 1 Marriage and Marriage Prep retreat at Mount Angel Abbey.

This retreat is a response to prayer. I asked God what he wanted, what was the message. The response I heard was to share the Truth, Goodness, and Beauty of his Church. The message was to remind couples they are not alone in their walk of holy matrimony, that a sacrament has God at the center and he wants to be invited.

The first question for me was Lord, how do I show them your beauty, where do I begin. God has given us beauty, nature, art, music, prayer, and Mount Angel Abbey is a place where you can experience them all. Then there is truth. We have to share the truth with one another. We have learned what makes marriages last and thrive, and the addition of attachment theory over the past 15 years helps us to understand why. This retreat will offer the truth about human relationships and the sacredness of marriage. Finally, we have goodness, found in the hidden life of families, and monks. The monks spend hours in prayer for our souls, for the conversion of hearts, and asking for the mercy of God the Father. Families spend hours in prayer, training and raising up souls, and offering one another mercy and forgiveness. Come and encounter truth, goodness, and beauty at Mount Angel Abbey.

The retreat includes two tracks, one for engaged couples, and one for married couples. The retreat fee includes meals, and lodging in the new guesthouse. You will listen to talks by Fr. Matt Libra, Br. Louis Nguyen, OSB, theologian Lynda Olsen, and counselor Patricia Mackie. The weekend will offer you ample time to sit in silence with one another and pray. Come and experience Benedictine hospitality.

– Patricia Mackie

Visit Every Day Counseling website for more information.

Julius Caesar: A Shakespearean Retreat
Fr. Stephen Rowan, STB, PhD
December 17–19, 2021

Julius Caesar: A Shakespearean Retreat

Fr. Stephen Rowan, STB, PhD

December 17-9, 2021

In Julius Caesar, Shakespeare shows how envy, resentment, mutual suspicion, and scapegoating drive “regime change” in Ancient Rome and succeed especially well when people are led by slick-sounding crowd-pleasers and demagogues. Even though great change is promised by the death of Caesar, Shakespeare points out a great lesson of history: “The more things change, the more they remain the same.” Just as Roman politics was a mirror for Shakespeare’s time, Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar is a mirror for ours. Then as now it helps to have an ironic view of current events, and it is challenging to find sound reasons for taking wise action to bring about positive change.

Fr. Stephen Rowan, S.T.B., Ph.D., a priest of the Archdiocese of Seattle, received his doctorate in English from the University of British Columbia, has authored several books and articles, and presented at conferences, retreats, and convocations. He is presently living in Silverton, Oregon, and teaches at Mount Angel Seminary.

Cost and registration: Please email for information

FRIDAY
2:00 -5 pm Registration
5:15 pm Vespers (followed by Eucharistic Exposition & Adoration)
6:00 pm Dinner
7:25 pm Compline
8:00 pm Welcome Orientation & Conference#1
SATURDAY
5:20 am Vigils
6:25 am Lauds
7 am Breakfast
8 am Mass
9:15-10:15 am Conference #2
10:45-11:45 am Conference #3
12:00 pm Midday Prayer
2:45-3:45 pm Conference #4
4-5 pm Conference #5
5:15 pm Vespers
6:00 pm Dinner
7:15-8:15 pm Film: “Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar”
SUNDAY
6:35 am Lauds
7:30 am Breakfast
9 am Mass
10:30-11:30 am Conference #6
12:00 pm Midday Prayer followed by lunch and end of retreat

Ignation Silent Preaching Weekend Retreat
Bill Zuelke
January 7–9, 2022

Ignation Silent Preaching Weekend Retreat

Bill Zuelke

January 7-9, 2022

This is a guided Ignatian silent retreat with daily conferences and one-on-one spiritual direction. There will be opportunities to join the Benedictine monks for the Divine Office and Liturgy.

Bill Zuelke is a spiritual director, life coach, and an associate staff member of Soul Formation. He provides spiritual direction, adult education, retreats, workshops, supervision, and consultations for churches, social agencies, and individuals through his private practice.

Bill has a degree in philosophy from Gonzaga University (1976) an M.Div. from Boston College (1981) and an M.S. in pastoral counseling from Loyola University, Baltimore (1985). He is trained in Jesuit spirituality and discernment of spirits and has provided individual spiritual direction, private and group retreats, and assistance with personal and corporate discernment for over 35 years. He has been involved in higher education as campus minister, counselor, student services director, and Dean for 40 years. He has been involved in training people in the art of spiritual direction and worked with faculties at Mount Angel Abbey, Western Evangelical Seminary, George Fox University, and training programs run by Namaste’, Franciscan Spirituality Center, and Soul Formation.

Bill has worked as a Licensed Professional Counselor, a trained supervisor, and a certified Life Coach. He presently maintains a private practice, primarily personal spiritual direction, private retreat direction, and supervision for spiritual directors.

For cost and registration, please email for information and availability, or call 503.845.3025.

Spiritual Healing Through the Power of the Sacraments
Fr. Richard Berg, C.S.C.
February 18–20, 2022

Spiritual Healing Through the
Power of the Sacraments

Fr. Richard Berg, C.S.C.

February 18-20, 2022

We encounter and are blessed and renewed by the powerful gifts of the Spirit in our spiritual and sacramental lives: Prayer, Eucharist, Reconciliation, and Anointing. Fr. Richard Berg, CSC, is a Holy Cross priest who has served at the University of Portland as an administrator and professor of psychology, as an inner-city pastor, and is a published author. He currently serves as chaplain and sacramental minister at the Mary’s Woods community, Marylhurst, Oregon.

Cost and registration: Please email for information

Friday
2-5 pm Registration
5 pm Orientation to the Divine Office (Abbey church vestibule)
8 pm Welcome Orientation
Saturday
8 am Mass
9:15 am Conference
11 am Conference
Sunday
9 am Mass
10:30 am Conference

King Lear: A Shakespearean Retreat
Fr. Stephen Rowan, STB, PhD
March 25–27, 2022

A Shakespearean Retreat

Fr. Stephen Rowan, STB, PhD

March 25-27, 2022

King Lear is a man who has grown old before he has grown wise. As a result, he makes a foolish and willful choice in favor of two wicked daughters and banishes the one who truly loves him. What happens to him? What does he learn? What can we learn from attending to his story?  Through presentations and discussion, this retreat will focus on Shakespeare’s most searing tragedy in order to find wisdom and “the life that is truly life” even in the midst of a storm.

Fr. Stephen Rowan, S.T.B., Ph.D., a priest of the Archdiocese of Seattle, received his doctorate in English from the University of British Columbia, has authored several books and articles, and presented at conferences, retreats, and convocations. He is presently living in Silverton, Oregon, and teaches at Mount Angel Seminary.

Cost and registration: Please email for information

FRIDAY
2:00-5 pm Registration
5:15 pm Vespers (followed by Eucharistic Exposition & Adoration)
6:00 pm Dinner
7:25 pm Compline
8:00 pm Welcome Orientation & Conference#1
SATURDAY
5:20 am Vigils
6:25 am Lauds
7 am Breakfast
8 am Mass
9:15-10:15 am Conference #2
10:45-11:45 am Conference #3
12:00 pm Midday Prayer*
2:45-3:45 pm Conference #4
4-5 pm Conference #5
5:15 pm Vespers
6:00 pm Dinner
7:15-8:15 pm Film: “Shakespeare’s King Lear”
SUNDAY
6:35 am Lauds
7:30 am Breakfast
9 am Mass
10:30-11:30 am Conference #6
12:00 pm Midday Prayer
12:15 pm Lunch and then End of retreat

Mary’s Fiat as the Model for Mental Healing and Spiritual Warfare
Dr. Christin McIntyre, MD
April 1–3, 2022

Mary’s Fiat as the Model for Mental Healing and Spiritual Warfare

Dr. Christin McIntyre, MD

April 1-3, 2022

Cost and registration: Please email for information

A psychiatrist in clinical practice and devout believer in the power of God’s grace, Dr. McIntyre shares powerful insights into spiritual healing by conforming one’s will to that of the God who loves and cares for his people.

Dr. Christin McIntyre is a Portland native who converted to Catholicism in 1997. She and her husband Jim have five children, and attend St Mary’s Cathedral Parish in Portland. She earned a combined MD/PhD degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Kansas Medical Center, and returned to Oregon to complete a residency in Psychiatry at OHSU. She has been in outpatient practice as a psychiatrist in the Portland area since 2003.

Friday
2-5 pm Registration
5 pm Orientation to the Divine Office
5:15 pm Vespers followed by adoration
6 pm Dinner
7:25 pm Compline
8 pm Welcome & Conference
Saturday
5:20 am Vigils (optional)
6:25 am Lauds (optional)
7 am Breakfast
8 am Mass
9:30 am Conference
10:45 am Conference
12 pm Noon Prayer
12:15 Lunch
2:30 pm Conference
4 pm Sacrament of Confession
5:15 pm Vespers
6 pm Dinner
7:25 pm Vigils
Sunday
6:35 am Lauds
7:30 am Breakfast
9 am Mass
10:30 am Conference
12 pm Noon Prayer
12:15 pm Lunch and end of retreat

Holy Week, Sacred Triduum & Easter at the Abbey
April 11–17, 2022

Holy Week, Sacred Triduum & Easter at the Abbey

with monastic speakers

April 11-17

Cost and registration: Please email for information

2 Become 1 – A Retreat to Explore the Beauty and Truth of Catholic Marriage
Fr. Matt Libra, Lynda Olsen, Patricia Mackie, LPC
April 29-May 1, 2022

2 Become 1
A Retreat to Explore the Beauty
and Truth of Catholic Marriage

for Married and Engaged Couples, Co-Sponsored by Mount Angel Abbey and the Archdiocese of Portland

Features Fr. Matt Libra, Lynda Olsen, Patricia Mackie, LPC, and your marriage!

April 29-May 1, 2022

A retreat from the hustle and bustle of life to focus on your one true vocation, the vocation of marriage. For engaged and married couples, this weekend will offer you opportunities to pray together, learn together, play together, and grow together. God has created this sacred sacrament and called you to it. On this weekend you will be invited to discern your current state of life, and listen and respond to God’s call and invitation to allow him into this Holy calling. This weekend is focused on learning how to respond to God’s call to marital holiness, you will review a personalized inventory of your relationship, and have quiet moments for prayer, reflection, and discussion.

This weekend qualifies for Marriage Preparation for the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon. Check with your individual parish for specific requirements.

Cost: $525 – Couple (includes room and board for 2 nights, meals, and speaker fees)

For registration, please click here or email patricia@everydaycounselingpdx.com for more information.

Friday
1-2:30 pm Registration
2:30 pm Orientation
3 pm Conference
(Keynote with Fr. Matt Libra on Theology of the Body & The Sacrament of Marriage)
5:15 pm Vespers followed by Adoration
6 pm Dinner
7:25 pm Compline
SATURDAY
5:20 am Vigils (optional)
6:25 am Lauds (optional)
7 am Breakfast
8 am Mass
9:15-10 am Conference (Prepare & Enrich)
10:30 am Conference (Skills for a Lifetime of Love)
12 pm Noon Prayer
12:15 pm Lunch
2:30 pm Conference (Married Sexual Intimacy)
5:15 pm Vespers
6 pm Dinner
7:25 pm Social Hour at the Brewery
SUNDAY
6:35 am Lauds
7:30 am Breakfast
9 am Mass
10:30 am Conference (Living Your Spirituality)
11:15 am Small Group Discussion
12 pm Noon Prayer
12:15 pm Lunch & End of Retreat
2 Become 1

A couple rushes out the door hurrying to finish dishes and shuttle children to sports, the husband rushes one way, while the wife dashes the other. They return home tired, collapse on the couch, turn on the TV, scroll through social media, or return to their phone to complete one more to do item. They cannot recall the last time they actually shared an intimate evening, bared their soul to one another, and felt completely seen.

Another couple is in the thick of wedding planning. They are choosing menu items and completing guest lists. The dress is waiting; the tux is waiting, and they have been fighting about everything.

If any of these statements seem true to you, check out this 2 Become 1 Marriage and Marriage Prep retreat at Mount Angel Abbey.

This retreat is a response to prayer. I asked God what he wanted, what was the message. The response I heard was to share the Truth, Goodness, and Beauty of his Church. The message was to remind couples they are not alone in their walk of holy matrimony, that a sacrament has God at the center and he wants to be invited.

The first question for me was Lord, how do I show them your beauty, where do I begin. God has given us beauty, nature, art, music, prayer, and Mount Angel Abbey is a place where you can experience them all. Then there is truth. We have to share the truth with one another. We have learned what makes marriages last and thrive, and the addition of attachment theory over the past 15 years helps us to understand why. This retreat will offer the truth about human relationships and the sacredness of marriage. Finally, we have goodness, found in the hidden life of families, and monks. The monks spend hours in prayer for our souls, for the conversion of hearts, and asking for the mercy of God the Father. Families spend hours in prayer, training and raising up souls, and offering one another mercy and forgiveness. Come and encounter truth, goodness, and beauty at Mount Angel Abbey.

The retreat includes two tracks, one for engaged couples, and one for married couples. The retreat fee includes meals, and lodging in the new guesthouse. You will listen to talks by Fr. Matt Libra, Br. Louis Nguyen, OSB, theologian Lynda Olsen, and counselor Patricia Mackie. The weekend will offer you ample time to sit in silence with one another and pray. Come and experience Benedictine hospitality.

– Patricia Mackie

Visit Every Day Counseling website for more information.

Encountering God through Forgiveness: The Healing Power of Divine Mercy
Br. Louis de Montfort, O.S.B.
June 24–26, 2022

Encountering God through Forgiveness: The Healing Power of Divine Mercy

Br. Louis de Montfort, O.S.B.

June 24-26, 2022

Cost and registration: Please email for information

Foundations of Monastic Spirituality According to the Holy Rule of St. Benedict
Fr. John Paul Le, O.S.B.
July 15-17, 2022

Foundations of Monastic Spirituality According to the Holy Rule of St. Benedict

A silent retreat directed by Fr. John Paul Le, O.S.B.

July 15-17, 2022

This retreat will explore the foundations of monastic spirituality as envisioned by St. Benedict, the father of western monasticism. In his prologue to the Holy Rule, St. Benedict envisions the monastic way as beginning with listening with the ear of one’s heart and concluding with “hearts overflowing with the inexpressible delight of love.”
Fr. John Paul Le, O.S.B., has been a monk of Mount Angel Abbey for 13 years. Along with his various assignments, he teaches Monastic Sources at Mount Angel Seminary and to the novices (new monks) in the monastery.

Email retreat@mtangel.edu or call 503.845.3025 for availability.

FRIDAY
2-5:00 pm Registration
5 :00 pm Orientation to the Divine Office (Abbey church vestibule)
5:15 pm Vespers followed by Adoration
6:00 pm Dinner
7:25 pm Compline
8:00 pm Welcome Orientation & Conference (Engelberg Room)
SATURDAY
5:20 am Vigils (optional)
6:25 am Lauds (optional)
7 am Breakfast
8 am Mass
10:30 am Conference
11:55 am Noon Prayer
12:15 pm Lunch
(with table reading)
2:30 pm Conference
4:00 pm Sacrament of Reconciliation (available)
5:15 pm Vespers
6:00 pm Dinner (with table reading followed by Q&A)
7:25 pm Vigils of Sunday
SUNDAY
6:35 am Lauds
7:30 am Breakfast
9 am Mass
10:30 am Conference
Noon Noon Prayer
12:15 pm Lunch with talking & end of Retreat

2 Become 1 – A Retreat to Explore the Beauty and Truth of Catholic Marriage
Fr. Matt Libra, Lynda Olsen, Patricia Mackie, LPC
July 22-24, 2022

2 Become 1
A Retreat to Explore the Beauty
and Truth of Catholic Marriage

for Married and Engaged Couples, Co-Sponsored by Mount Angel Abbey and the Archdiocese of Portland

Features Fr. Matt Libra, Lynda Olsen, Patricia Mackie, LPC, and your marriage!

July 22-24, 2022

A retreat from the hustle and bustle of life to focus on your one true vocation, the vocation of marriage. For engaged and married couples, this weekend will offer you opportunities to pray together, learn together, play together, and grow together. God has created this sacred sacrament and called you to it. On this weekend you will be invited to discern your current state of life, and listen and respond to God’s call and invitation to allow him into this Holy calling. This weekend is focused on learning how to respond to God’s call to marital holiness, you will review a personalized inventory of your relationship, and have quiet moments for prayer, reflection, and discussion.

This weekend qualifies for Marriage Preparation for the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon. Check with your individual parish for specific requirements.

Cost: $525 – Couple (includes room and board for 2 nights, meals, and speaker fees)

For registration, please click here or email patricia@everydaycounselingpdx.com for more information.

Friday
1-2:30 pm Registration
2:30 pm Orientation
3 pm Conference
(Keynote with Fr. Matt Libra on Theology of the Body & The Sacrament of Marriage)
5:15 pm Vespers followed by Adoration
6 pm Dinner
7:25 pm Compline
SATURDAY
5:20 am Vigils (optional)
6:25 am Lauds (optional)
7 am Breakfast
8 am Mass
9:15-10 am Conference (Prepare & Enrich)
10:30 am Conference (Skills for a Lifetime of Love)
12 pm Noon Prayer
12:15 pm Lunch
2:30 pm Conference (Married Sexual Intimacy)
5:15 pm Vespers
6 pm Dinner
7:25 pm Social Hour at the Brewery
SUNDAY
6:35 am Lauds
7:30 am Breakfast
9 am Mass
10:30 am Conference (Living Your Spirituality)
11:15 am Small Group Discussion
12 pm Noon Prayer
12:15 pm Lunch & End of Retreat
2 Become 1

A couple rushes out the door hurrying to finish dishes and shuttle children to sports, the husband rushes one way, while the wife dashes the other. They return home tired, collapse on the couch, turn on the TV, scroll through social media, or return to their phone to complete one more to do item. They cannot recall the last time they actually shared an intimate evening, bared their soul to one another, and felt completely seen.

Another couple is in the thick of wedding planning. They are choosing menu items and completing guest lists. The dress is waiting; the tux is waiting, and they have been fighting about everything.

If any of these statements seem true to you, check out this 2 Become 1 Marriage and Marriage Prep retreat at Mount Angel Abbey.

This retreat is a response to prayer. I asked God what he wanted, what was the message. The response I heard was to share the Truth, Goodness, and Beauty of his Church. The message was to remind couples they are not alone in their walk of holy matrimony, that a sacrament has God at the center and he wants to be invited.

The first question for me was Lord, how do I show them your beauty, where do I begin. God has given us beauty, nature, art, music, prayer, and Mount Angel Abbey is a place where you can experience them all. Then there is truth. We have to share the truth with one another. We have learned what makes marriages last and thrive, and the addition of attachment theory over the past 15 years helps us to understand why. This retreat will offer the truth about human relationships and the sacredness of marriage. Finally, we have goodness, found in the hidden life of families, and monks. The monks spend hours in prayer for our souls, for the conversion of hearts, and asking for the mercy of God the Father. Families spend hours in prayer, training and raising up souls, and offering one another mercy and forgiveness. Come and encounter truth, goodness, and beauty at Mount Angel Abbey.

The retreat includes two tracks, one for engaged couples, and one for married couples. The retreat fee includes meals, and lodging in the new guesthouse. You will listen to talks by Fr. Matt Libra, Br. Louis Nguyen, OSB, theologian Lynda Olsen, and counselor Patricia Mackie. The weekend will offer you ample time to sit in silence with one another and pray. Come and experience Benedictine hospitality.

– Patricia Mackie

Visit Every Day Counseling website for more information.

True Devotion to Mary: Mary Revealed in the Old and New Testaments
Br. Louis de Montfort, O.S.B.
August 12–14, 2022

True Devotion to Mary:
Mary Revealed in the Old and New Testaments

Br. Louis de Montfort, O.S.B.

August 12-14, 2022

Cost and registration: Please email for information

Ignatian Silent Retreat
Bill Zuelke
August 22–26, 2022

Ignatian Silent Retreat

Bill Zuelke and
Spiritual Directors Team

August 22-26, 2022

Cost and registration: Please email for information

Spiritual Healing Retreat
October 21–23, 2022

Spiritual Healing Retreat

October 21-23, 2022 

Please email for more information

Monastic Spirituality:
Overcoming the 8 Evil Thoughts

Fr. John Paul Le, O.S.B.
July 14-16, 2023

Monastic Spirituality:
Overcoming the 8 Evil Thoughts

A silent retreat directed by Fr. John Paul Le, O.S.B.

July 14-16, 2023

Sin and vice begin with the thoughts. This retreat will explore the 8 Evil Thoughts and how to overcome them according to St. John Cassian. The thoughts are gluttony, lust, avarice, anger, acedia, sadness, vainglory, and pride.

Fr. John Paul Le, O.S.B., has been a monk of Mount Angel Abbey for 13 years. Along with his various assignments, he teaches Monastic Sources at Mount Angel Seminary and to the novices (new monks) in the monastery.

Email retreat@mtangel.edu or call 503.845.3025 for availability.

FRIDAY
2-5:00 pm Registration
5 :00 pm Orientation to the Divine Office (Abbey church vestibule)
5:15 pm Vespers followed by Adoration
6:00 pm Dinner with talking
7:25 pm Compline
8:00 pm Welcome Orientation & Conference (Engelberg Room)
SATURDAY
5:20 am Vigils (optional)
6:25 am Lauds (optional)
7 am Breakfast
8 am Mass
10:30 am Conference
11:55 am Noon Prayer
12:15 pm Lunch
(with table reading)
2:30 pm Conference
4:00 pm Sacrament of Reconciliation (available)
5:15 pm Vespers
6:00 pm Dinner
(with table reading followed by Q&A)
7:25 pm Vigils of Sunday
SUNDAY
6:35 am Lauds
7:30 am Breakfast
9 am Mass
10:30 am Conference
Noon Noon Prayer
12:15 pm Lunch with talking & end of Retreat

2 Become 1 – A Retreat to Explore the Beauty and Truth of Catholic Marriage
Fr. Matt Libra, Lynda Olsen, Patricia Mackie, LPC
July 21-23, 2023

2 Become 1
A Retreat to Explore the Beauty
and Truth of Catholic Marriage

for Married and Engaged Couples, Co-Sponsored by Mount Angel Abbey and the Archdiocese of Portland

Features Fr. Matt Libra, Lynda Olsen, Patricia Mackie, LPC, and your marriage!

July 21-23, 2023

A retreat from the hustle and bustle of life to focus on your one true vocation, the vocation of marriage. For engaged and married couples, this weekend will offer you opportunities to pray together, learn together, play together, and grow together. God has created this sacred sacrament and called you to it. On this weekend you will be invited to discern your current state of life, and listen and respond to God’s call and invitation to allow him into this Holy calling. This weekend is focused on learning how to respond to God’s call to marital holiness, you will review a personalized inventory of your relationship, and have quiet moments for prayer, reflection, and discussion.

This weekend qualifies for Marriage Preparation for the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon. Check with your individual parish for specific requirements.

Cost: $525 – Couple (includes room and board for 2 nights, meals, and speaker fees)

For registration, please click here or email patricia@everydaycounselingpdx.com for more information.

Friday
1-2:30 pm Registration
2:30 pm Orientation
3 pm Conference
(Keynote with Fr. Matt Libra on Theology of the Body & The Sacrament of Marriage)
5:15 pm Vespers followed by Adoration
6 pm Dinner
7:25 pm Compline
SATURDAY
5:20 am Vigils (optional)
6:25 am Lauds (optional)
7 am Breakfast
8 am Mass
9:15-10 am Conference (Prepare & Enrich)
10:30 am Conference (Skills for a Lifetime of Love)
12 pm Noon Prayer
12:15 pm Lunch
2:30 pm Conference (Married Sexual Intimacy)
5:15 pm Vespers
6 pm Dinner
7:25 pm Social Hour at the Brewery
SUNDAY
6:35 am Lauds
7:30 am Breakfast
9 am Mass
10:30 am Conference (Living Your Spirituality)
11:15 am Small Group Discussion
12 pm Noon Prayer
12:15 pm Lunch & End of Retreat
2 Become 1

A couple rushes out the door hurrying to finish dishes and shuttle children to sports, the husband rushes one way, while the wife dashes the other. They return home tired, collapse on the couch, turn on the TV, scroll through social media, or return to their phone to complete one more to do item. They cannot recall the last time they actually shared an intimate evening, bared their soul to one another, and felt completely seen.

Another couple is in the thick of wedding planning. They are choosing menu items and completing guest lists. The dress is waiting; the tux is waiting, and they have been fighting about everything.

If any of these statements seem true to you, check out this 2 Become 1 Marriage and Marriage Prep retreat at Mount Angel Abbey.

This retreat is a response to prayer. I asked God what he wanted, what was the message. The response I heard was to share the Truth, Goodness, and Beauty of his Church. The message was to remind couples they are not alone in their walk of holy matrimony, that a sacrament has God at the center and he wants to be invited.

The first question for me was Lord, how do I show them your beauty, where do I begin. God has given us beauty, nature, art, music, prayer, and Mount Angel Abbey is a place where you can experience them all. Then there is truth. We have to share the truth with one another. We have learned what makes marriages last and thrive, and the addition of attachment theory over the past 15 years helps us to understand why. This retreat will offer the truth about human relationships and the sacredness of marriage. Finally, we have goodness, found in the hidden life of families, and monks. The monks spend hours in prayer for our souls, for the conversion of hearts, and asking for the mercy of God the Father. Families spend hours in prayer, training and raising up souls, and offering one another mercy and forgiveness. Come and encounter truth, goodness, and beauty at Mount Angel Abbey.

The retreat includes two tracks, one for engaged couples, and one for married couples. The retreat fee includes meals, and lodging in the new guesthouse. You will listen to talks by Fr. Matt Libra, Br. Louis Nguyen, OSB, theologian Lynda Olsen, and counselor Patricia Mackie. The weekend will offer you ample time to sit in silence with one another and pray. Come and experience Benedictine hospitality.

– Patricia Mackie

Visit Every Day Counseling website for more information.

 2021 Oblate Retreats

(Retreats are limited to oblates and those interested in becoming oblates.)

Oblates of Saint Benedict are Christians who have experienced in some way a call to embrace Benedictine spirituality. After a time of prayer and discernment they have desired a more formal, permanent commitment to a monastic community. By making this formal self-giving to Christ in communion with a monastic community, the oblate embraces the time-tested traditions and values of the Benedictine way. Oblates are united to the prayer and good works of the monastery to which they are associated while they continue to live out their Christian vocation in the world.

For more information on becoming on oblate, or if you are in need of financial assistance, please email Ariel Lynch, Associate Director of Oblates.

To register for a retreat, email retreat@mtangel.edu.

(Please note: All weekend retreats begin with Vespers on Friday at 5:15 and end with lunch on Sunday.)


September 24–26: Oblate Retreat led by Abbot Peter Eberle, O.S.B.


November 5–7: Oblate Retreat led by Br. Cyril Drnjevic, O.S.B.


February 2-4, 2022: Oblate Retreat led by Fr. Timothy Kalange, O.S.B.


May 20-22, 2022: Oblate Retreat led by Br. Charles Gonzalez, O.S.B. (tentatively)


September 23-25, 2022: Oblate Retreat led by Fr. John Paul Le, O.S.B.


November 4-6, 2022: Oblate Retreat led by Br. Louis Nguyen, O.S.B.