Retreats

2020 Retreats & Events

For more information on Alumni Retreats email: alumniretreats@gonzaga.edu


Leadership and the Rule of Benedict: Purity of Heart

September 25-27, 2020
Virtual Retreat

Dr. Mike Carey


The goal of the desert monks of the 3rd-5th century C.E. Egypt, Syria, and Palestine was a deep interior stillness. For John Cassian this path was through purity of heart: stability, steadiness, integrity, and tranquility. Cassian’s concept describes a purity of intention and a singleness of heart; in the context of addiction, obsessions, and compulsions, purity of heart is radical honesty about the self. The end result of this purification process, according to 20th century C.E. American monk Thomas Merton, was "a clear unobstructed vision of the true state of affairs, an intuitive grasp of one's own inner reality as anchored, or lost, in God through Christ.”

This retreat will use the film Of Gods and Men, which tells the story of monastery of Tibhirine, where nine Trappist monks lived in harmony with the largely Muslim population of Algeria, until seven of them were kidnapped and assassinated in 1996 during the Algerian Civil War. What do John Cassian, Thomas Merton, and the monks of Tibhirine have to offer us in our own struggles to purify our intentions by overcoming our addictions, obsessions, and compulsions. We’ll find out together at this retreat.

This retreat is full


Leadership & The Rule of Benedict: Purity of Heart

Saturday, January 16, 2021
Virtual Retreat

Dr. Mike Carey

This virtual Alumni Retreat is offered primarily for alumni and friends of Gonzaga University and will include three 1.5 hour sessions: 10 am, 3pm and 7pm PST. Dr. Carey will utilize a combination of large group presentations and small group discussions via Zoom.

Leaders are prey to addictive and neurotic thoughts and psychological projection, and their dysfunctional thinking and acting leads to unhealthy organizational environments. The concept of purity of heart, developed in the early years of Christian monasticism, has much to offer leaders and scholars of leadership, not only in understanding "the way things really are" in organizations, but in how personal well-being is connected to community well-being, and vice versa.

Dr. Carey, who takes students each semester to St. Andrew’s Abbey as part of the Leadership and Community course, draws on his study and experience of monastic culture to offer insights into what purity of heart can offer contemporary leaders in the modern world. 

RSVP: alumniretreats@gonzaga.edu


Leadership and the Rule of Benedict: Purity of Heart

April 9-11, 2021
3-day Retreat
St. Andrew's Abbey
Valyermo, CA

Dr. Mike Carey


The goal of the desert monks of the 3rd-5th century C.E. Egypt, Syria, and Palestine was a deep interior stillness. For John Cassian this path was through purity of heart: stability, steadiness, integrity, and tranquility. Cassian’s concept describes a purity of intention and a singleness of heart; in the context of addiction, obsessions, and compulsions, purity of heart is radical honesty about the self. The end result of this purification process, according to 20th century C.E. American monk Thomas Merton, was "a clear unobstructed vision of the true state of affairs, an intuitive grasp of one's own inner reality as anchored, or lost, in God through Christ.”

This retreat will use the film Of Gods and Men, which tells the story of monastery of Tibhirine, where nine Trappist monks lived in harmony with the largely Muslim population of Algeria, until seven of them were kidnapped and assassinated in 1996 during the Algerian Civil War. What do John Cassian, Thomas Merton, and the monks of Tibhirine have to offer us in our own struggles to purify our intentions by overcoming our addictions, obsessions, and compulsions. We’ll find out together at this retreat.

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Entering the Tension Together

Date: TBD
2-day Retreat
Spokane, WA

Dr. Mike Carey, Dr. Kristine Hoover & Fr. Steve Hess

Regardless of our backgrounds, we all find ourselves living in a polarized environment: politically, socially, racially, and religiously. This fragmentation of community is felt in our world, our nation, our organizations, our families, and in our very selves, creating a tremendous sense of anxiety and tension. This retreat examines models of success, experiences of groundedness, and hope for the future so we may form community to deal productively with our concerns, make the world a better place, and as leaders creatively enter the tension together.

Meals Included
$140 per person