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Saint John's Abbey and University Solar Field to be Expanded

The present solar array on the campus of Saint John's Abbey and University is scheduled to be expanded to half again its present size. Saint John's made a bold step toward becoming carbon neutral with the construction, in late 2009, of the 400-kilowatt abbey solar farm, which annually supplies four percent of Saint John's electricity. It has produced over 2,498,498.9 kilowatt-hours since it began operation, and has prevented the release of 2,152 tons of carbon dioxide by not using the 1,331 tons of coal which would have been burned to generate the same amount of electricity. The farm also educates students and the community about Minnesota's rich solar resource.

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Don Talafous – Alumni Chaplain

Fun, fattening and funerals. This is how Fr. Don Talafous describes his work in the Institutional Advancement offices at Saint John’s University as Alumni Chaplain. “Though Alumni Relations is under Institutional Advancement, our work is primarily concerned with maintaining relations with alumni. I call it ‘socializing’,” Talafous said. While independently maintaining relationships with alumni, Talafous also offers daily reflections that anyone can access online. He attends various alumni and university related events all over the country. Besides mingling with old friends among the alumni and meeting news ones, he is often asked to do an opening or closing prayer. Talafous reaches out to alumni from both CSB and SJU to catch up or to create new relationships.

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National Volunteer Appreciation Week - Thank You Abbey Volunteers!

Celebrating service is exactly what will be happening April 7-April 11. This is a week devoted to recognizing volunteers around the nation and the amazing work that they do. However, Eileen Haeg, Volunteer Coordinator at Saint John’s, has a different approach to appreciating her volunteers. “I’ve found that volunteers don’t want a lot of things for the work they’ve done,” Haeg said. There are currently about 50 registered volunteers, but there are more volunteers who are not officially registered.

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Fr. Daniel Durken, OSB

Father Daniel Durken, OSB died in the Abbey Retirement Center on Saturday evening, March 29th. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, April 3rd at 3:30 pm in Saint John's Abbey Church with interment in Saint John's Cemetery following the service. The Eucharist Mass of Christian Burial for Father Daniel on Thursday, April 3 at 3:30 pm in Saint John’s Abbey Church, will be availble in live-stream.

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Minnesotans Help Rescuers of Massive Collection of ancient Islamic texts

In action movies, heroes risk great peril in mysterious locales — like the deserts of Timbuktu — and fight deadly enemies to rescue treasure. Though the combatants persist, the wiles and wisdom of the heroes prevail, saving the treasure for future centuries. It’s great entertainment for our winter nights.But the true story below has more drama than an Indiana Jones film — and has a local connection. After the harrowing rescue by people of Mali of real treasures — a trove of unique Arabic manuscripts — the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library in Collegeville is assisting in a different long-term “rescue.”

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Two Men Begin Their Candidacy at Saint John's Abbey

After visiting the monastic community a number of times two men have been accepted as candidates and have begun their candidacy period at Saint John's Abbey. Candidacy is a three month period where the men live, work, pray and recreate with the monastic community. It is a time for the men to get to know the monastic way of life as well as the community and of course for the monastic community to better get to know the candidate. If it is evident that God is indeed calling the candidate to further explore monastic life then the candidate will go on to begin a year as a novice.

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Brother Oblate Bob Kirkley, OblSB

Bob Kirkley received the Benedictine habit as a claustral oblate of Saint John's Abbey on Saturday, February 15th at evening prayer in the abbey church before Abbot John Klassen, members of the monastic community and a good number of friends and associates. Brother Oblate Bob Kirkley was born on December 5, 1942, in Goose Creek (now Baytown), Texas. He graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown in 1960, and received a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in chemistry from Saint Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, in 1964. Bob obtained a Master of Science degree with a thesis in organic chemistry from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 1969. He also took additional graduate hours in education from the University of Houston, and earned a certificate in scripture studies from the Saint John’s School of Theology in Collegeville, Minnesota.

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Bobby Vee and His Brothers

We first welcomed him into our homes in the 1960s, a time between Rock and Roll’s birth and the British Invasion. Over a half-century later American artist and entertainer Bobby Vee returns to us for a final performance, but he is not alone. To share in his ultimate collection, he invited his Brothers. He was not searching for backup vocals or bass players. The Brothers in the Saint John’s Abbey Gregorian Chant Schola, including Br. Richard Crawford, Br. Lew Grobe, Br. Nick Kleespie, Br. David-Paul Lange, Br. Nicholas Moe and Br. Paul Richards, were chosen for something more personal—spirituality often is.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Cemetery

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.

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