Br. Cyril Drnjevic
Br. Cyril Drnjevic
MOUNT ANGEL — Mount Angel Abbey Retreat House will again offer a retreat for people who suffer from anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. The title of the Aug. 8-10 retreat is: “Stories of Healing: Paths to Peace for PTSD, Anxiety, or Depression.”

Presenters will tell their stories and stories of holy people who suffered from these afflictions. The presentations will include practical and effective paths to peace for those who struggle with the life challenges, which presenters call “crosses.”

Each of the three presenters suffers to some degree with PTSD.

Benedictine Brother Cyril Drnjevic grew up for decades in a seriously angry family.

Lisa Jorgensen was a flight attendant for 11 years. That career ended in 1982 when the jet she was on overshot a runway at the Boston airport, killing two. She is now the Mount Angel Abbey tailor.

It will be a spiritual retreat. No therapy will be available during the weekend, only stories, prayers and sacraments, all of organizers say which bring “a remarkable degree of healing, through the love of Jesus.”

As a resource, presenters will use the book: The Catholic Guide to Depression by Dr. Aaron Kheriaty and Msgr. John Cihak of the Portland Archdiocese, who works at the Vatican.

The retreat is intended to bring peace and comfort in the prayerful setting of the abbey for people who suffer from any of these afflictions, or those who are concerned about loved ones who do. “After decades of struggling with anxiety, we presenters have found ways to give it away as a gift and find peace,” says Brother Cyril, coordinator of the retreat. “All who trust Jesus can do this.”