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Mass of Christian Burial for Father Martin Rath, OSB

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Father Martin, August 26th at 3:00 pm in Saint John’s Abbey Church with interment in Saint John’s Cemetery following the service.

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Monks and Volunteers Gather to Build a New Bridge

Eight Monks and fifteen volunteers converged on the North House Folk School in Grand Marais last month to build a timber-frame footbridge for the trail to the Stella Maris Chapel. We worked 9 to 5, five days a week, for two weeks, side by side and shoulder to shoulder, surrounded by whirring circular saws, scraping hand planers, gouging drill bits, roaring routers and one thundering chain mortiser.

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Father Columba Stewart on Saving Ancient Religious Texts from Theft, Wear and War

At mid-morning, as the sun shines high on the whitewashed stone houses of the Old City, a tall, lean figure dressed in a black religious habit slips through the narrow alleys of the souq, confidently navigating them as if he had lived here forever. "This place has always had a special significance for me" explains this 59-year-old American Benedictine monk while stopping in front of an iron door surmounted by a stone arch. "I always try to carve out some free time when I come here."

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New Book Translated and Edited William Skudlarek OSB

"Welcoming Other Religions: A New Dimension of the Christian Faith" by Pierre-François de Béthune, Translated and Edited by William Skudlarek, OSB, Foreword by Dennis Gira

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Saint John's Bible Artist to Become a Knight

Donald Jackson will be inducted into the Order of St. Gregory the Great in a ceremony at Westminster Cathedral in London, according to a news release. The world-renowned calligrapher has been the principal illuminator for the St. John's Bible since 1998. He created illustrations and other visual additions in the book, which might be the first handwritten and illuminated Bible compiled by a Benedictine monastery since the invention of the printing press.

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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.



Live Streaming Mass

"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