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Obituary for Br. Nicholas Claude Thelen, OSB

Claude entered the novitiate at Saint John’s Abbey in 1957. His first profession as a Benedictine monk was made in 1959, when he took his monastic name, Nicholas (after St. Nicholas of Tolentine). He had various work assignments at Saint John’s in these early years, from 1958 through 1962, including woodworking and plumbing. He engaged his creativity both in photography and in woodcarving such artifacts as crucifixes, shrines, and plaques.

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Obituary for Fr. Barnabas Laubach OSB

Born: 15 November 1925, Professed: 11 July 1946, Ordained: 7 June 1952, Died: 23 June 2015

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Saint John’s Abbey receives Getty Foundation grant to support Abbey and University Church

Saint John's Abbey received a $150,000 Getty Foundation Planning Grant that will assist the abbey in drawing a comprehensive plan for the restoration, preservation and maintenance/upkeep of the Abbey and University Church. The Getty Foundation in Los Angeles announced on June 24 this second series of grants for exemplary 20th century buildings as part of its "Keeping It Modern" initiative. The latest grants are for 14 projects in eight countries.


Saint John's Abbey Hosts 200 Members of The International committee for the Documentation and Preservation of the Buildings, Sites and Neighborhoods of the Modern Movement.


Saint John’s Preparatory School Celebrates 158th Commencement

On Saturday, May 23, 2015 seventy-one students received diplomas from Saint John’s Preparatory School. The students, their families and friends as well as the school’s faculty and staff assembled in the Great Hall to enjoy fresh fruit, pastries and beverages before the ceremonies. After taking numerous pictures and exchanging introductions (for many friends and family are from all over the world!) the class processed to the abbey church for the baccalaureate mass and graduation exercises.


New Class of Benedictine Volunteers Prepare to go out into the World!

This spring, twelve Johnnies were selected for the 2015-2016 Benedictine Volunteer Corps. They will be serving at six different sites around the world at Benedictine monasteries in Israel, Africa, Spain, Italy, the United States, and South America. The day after SJU commencement, these Saint John's graduates began their two-week retreat at the abbey to prepare for their volunteer experience.

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Becoming a Monk

For over 1,500 years, Benedictine monks around the world have followed the teachings of Jesus Christ by choosing to live together under the Rule of Saint Benedict. The monks of Saint John's Abbey follow in the footsteps of this ancient tradition, and invite you to explore our communal life in Christ.



Mass & Liturgy

"It is the liturgy through which, especially in the divine sacrifice of the Eucharist, ‘the work of our redemption is accomplished’, and it is through the liturgy, especially, that the faithful are enabled to express in their lives and manifest to others the mystery of Christ and the real nature of the true Church."

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Oblates of Saint John's

An oblate is a Christian who seeks God though a formal relationship with a particular monastic community. Oblates are men or women, lay or ordained, married or single, who seek to integrate the spirit of Saint Benedict in their daily lives.

Oblate Community & Resources


Abbey Volunteering

GARDENING PARTNER: The Abbey gardens are both beautiful and productive. Assist the monks in seasonal vegetable planting and harvesting, or work campus-wide to plant and care for the flowers that help make Saint John's so beautiful.

Volunteer Opportunities

Abbey Volunteering

OFFICE ASSISTANT: The Oblate office, Development office, Cemetery office, and others need volunteers to help keep the Abbey running smoothly, and meeting the ministerial needs of those whom it serves.

Volunteer Opportunities

Abbey Volunteering

PHOTOGRAPHER: Nearly every office and department at Saint John's can use and well appreciate new pictures of the Abbey grounds, buildings, events, and people. Whether you are an expert photographer, or simply enjoy walking the grounds, your shot may be perfect.



Giving & Support

Your gift to our Annual Fund helps ensure a continuation of our abbey’s tradition of service and ministry to the church, a tradition that stretches back to 1856. We invite you to collaborate with us in our important work. Keep our abbey in your prayers, pray for vocations, and consider contributing. Be assured, you will be in our prayers as well.

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Giving & Support

ORGAN RENOVATION AND COMPLETION: After fifty years of use, the Abbey Church organ is in need of renovation, and finally due for completion. Your donation will support the liturgical and devotional needs of Saint John's, as well as liturgical and concert needs of the University’s undergraduate and graduate level liturgical music programs.

Help Renovate the Organ

Giving & Support

VOCATIONS: encouraging monastic vocations is vital to the future of Saint John’s and ensures an ongoing Benedictine presence in the apostolates of the abbey. Your contribution to the abbey’s Annual Fund supports the Vocation Program.

Help Foster Monastic Vocations


Daily Reflection

Fr. Don Talafous, OSB, a monk of Saint John’s Abbey was born in Duluth, MN. He is a former university chaplain and theology professor of Saint John’s University. Among his many talents is the ability to recall the names of hundreds, if not thousands, of alumni when they greet him on campus, in the Minneapolis Skyway, or in some foreign land.

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Liturgy Q&A

This question-and-answer column has appeared in the Visitor, the newspaper of the Diocese of Saint Cloud, since 2009. Rev. Michael Kwatera, O.S.B., monk of Saint John’s Abbey, holds a Ph.D. in theology from the University of Notre Dame. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in liturgy, served as pastor in local parishes, and authored numerous articles and several prayer books.

Liturgy Q&A


The Benedictine Volunteer Corps.

The Benedictine Volunteer Corps of Saint John’s Abbey, exists to provide a year of volunteer service for graduates of Saint John’s University (Minnesota) at a monastery of the worldwide Benedictine confederation and to support the work, prayer and life of Benedictine monasteries around the world.

The Benedictine Volunteer Corps.


Saint John's Abbey Guesthouse

The Benedictine monks of Saint John's Abbey welcome guests of all faiths to experience the abiding presence of God with a praying community.

Saint John's Abbey Guesthouse



In the Benedictine tradition of stability of place and reverence of persons, Saint John’s Alumni and Friends Cemetery provides those who feel a connection to Saint John’s with an option for a final resting place – a place that is meaningful and tranquil, in the midst of the woods and lakes of Saint John’s.

Saint John's Abbey Cemetery