Fr. Francis Benedict, O.S.B.
Gibson Lecturer 2015
Monday, July 27 through Friday, July 31
Noon 'til 1:00 p.m.
All in the community are very welcome to attend any or all of the lectures. There is no fee and no offering will be taken. Come... learn about Benedictine spirituality and how it might be enriching to your life.
- Monday, July 27: Spiritual and Intellectual Engagement in Life
- Tuesday, July 28: Translating Monastic Spirituality into Everyday Spiriturality
- Wednesday, July 29: Prayer, Meditation and Contemplation
- Thursday, July 30: Hospitality as Spirituality
- Friday, July 31: Relationships
Father Francis is a Benedictine monk from St. Andrews Abbey in Valerymo, California.
FR. FRANCIS was born in 1948 and raised in the San Fernando Valley. He attended Queen of Angels Seminary and Alemany High School. In 1967 he joined (then) Saint Andrew's Priory and was sent to Loyola Marymount University to complete his undergraduate studies: he graduated with a BA in philosophy in 1972. He attended Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon from January of 1973 to May of 1976, where he wrote his master's thesis on the topic of spiritual direction, completing his MA in theology in 1977.
HE was ordained to the priesthood on July 10th 1976 and served the monastic community as subprior from 1977-1979 and 1984-1982, as guestmaster from 1976-1978 and 1985-1992, and as novicemaster from 1978 to 1983 and 1984-1985. In order to maintain a link with Valyermo's missionary origins he assisted the Benedictine Missionary Abbey of Inkamana in South Africa as high school teacher, novicemaster, and director of vocations from January, 1983 to January, 1984. Upon his return to Valyermo in 1984 he began working with people in 12-Step Recovery programs, a ministry in which he continues to serve.
June 21 Katie Christie
June 28 Ned Edwards
July 5 Fred Edmonds
July 12 Christopher Ney
July 19 Kathy Dwyer
July 26 Father Francis
August 2 Neta Pringle
August 9 James Reisner
August 16 Robert McQuilken
August 23 Paul Hammer