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Clergy Retreat with the Bishop

Holy Cross Monastery
Tue, Mar 28 2017, 6:00pm - Thu, Mar 30 2017, 1:00pm
Holy Cross Monastery
1615 Route 9W
12493 West Park , NY

This year's Clergy Retreat with Bishop Beckwith, led by Brother Robert Sevensky, Superior at Holy Cross Monastery, will begin with dinner on Tuesday, March 28 at 6 PM and end with lunch on Thursday, March 30, 2017.

Registration & Cost

The deadline for your registration and our receipt of your check is Wednesday, February 1, 2017. The fee of $75 per person per night includes overnight accommodations and meals. Please follow this link for the online registration form.

A limited number of scholarships are available -- if interested, please contact Kay Lark at klark@dioceseofnewark.org or 973-430-9976 before submitting payment.

If you register and find later you must cancel, please call Kay immediately as there may be a wait list; if no replacement is found, you will remain responsible for the full amount.

Retreat Topic

Br. Robert Sevensky, Superior at Holy Cross will lead the Meditation/Reflection sessions at this year’s Retreat. The topic will be a reflection on Christian spiritual practices appropriate for Lent or anytime: Stop, Pray, Work, Play. These are based on the topics offered for the 2015 Lenten reflection series by the Society of St. John the Evangelist. They will be examined with special attention to how these might play out in the life of clergy, active or retired.

Retreat Leader Bio

Brother Robert Sevensky, OHC, is a monk of the Order of the Holy Cross, an Anglican religious community for men in the Benedictine tradition. He has served as elected Superior of the Order since 2008, with oversight of the Order's four monasteries located in West Park, NY; Santa Barbara, CA; Toronto, Ontario; and Grahamstown, South Africa along with the Holy Cross School in Grahamstown.

A native of Scranton, PA, Br. Robert did undergraduate studies at the University of Scranton and the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium). He holds a doctorate in philosophy from Boston College. Prior to entering the Order of the Holy Cross in 1986, Br. Robert was Assistant Professor of Humanities (Religious Studies) for eight years at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, PA. He served on the Admissions Committee and Institutional Review Board of the Medical School and is the author of a number of articles in the area of religion, healing and health care.

Br. Robert made his Life Profession as a monk of the Order in 1991. He has served in various capacities: as the Vocations Director and Novice Master, as Director of Associates (a fellowship of Christians who follow a rule of life in affiliation with the Order), as librarian, and as Prior of Mount Calvary Monastery in Santa Barbara (2005-2008). He has been a guest master, welcoming visitors seeking monastic hospitality, and has offered retreats, conferences and educational programs. He has also engaged in ministries of spiritual guidance and hospital chaplaincy at various times. He was a member of the Commission on Ministry for the Diocese of New York and recently concluded a three-year term as chaplain to the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church.

He is looking forward to stepping down from his leadership position as Superior in June, eager to see what God has in store.

Accommodations

There are 40 rooms available to us and it is first come, first served. There are a limited number of rooms which will accommodate two people (note there is no discount for sharing) and the remaining rooms contain one twin bed. There are a number of private bathrooms on each floor of the main building, shared by both men and women. Please also be aware that the monastery observes Greater Silence each night.

Special Needs

For those with special needs, please be sure to note them on the online registration form. Similarly, for those with food restrictions, vegetarians and those who eat gluten-free can be accommodated with the standard fare; those with specific allergies are encouraged to bring any supplemental food (refrigerator and microwave available) -- there is no price discount in any case.

Schedule

Tuesday 3/28/17:

  • Check-in begins at 2 PM
  • Vespers is sung at 5 PM
  • Dinner is served in the refectory promptly at 6 PM
  • Meditation/Reflection at 7 PM
  • Compline at 8 PM
  • Greater Silence is from 8:30 PM until 8:30 AM

Wednesday, 3/29/17:

  • Matins are at 7 AM
  • Breakfast is at 7:45 AM
  • Holy Eucharist is at 9 AM
  • Meditation/Reflection at 10 AM
  • Diurnum is at 12 noon
  • Lunch is at 12:30 PM
  • Meditation/Reflection at 1:30 PM
  • Dinner is served in the refectory promptly at 6 PM
  • Meditation/Reflection at 7 PM
  • Compline at 8 PM
  • Greater Silence is from 8:30 PM until 8:30 AM

Thursday, 3/30/17:

  • Matins are at 7 AM
  • Breakfast is at 7:45 AM
  • Holy Eucharist is at 9 AM
  • Housekeeping needs access to rooms starting at 10 AM, so please pack and gather your belongings so that Housekeeping might work around them.
  • Meditation/Reflection at 10 AM
  • Diurnum is at 12 noon
  • Lunch is at 12:30 PM
  • Rooms must be totally clear by 1 PM
Deadline: 
Wednesday, February 1, 2017