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"Refuge in Crestone: A Sanctuary for Interreligious Dialogue" by Br. Aaron Raverty, OSB

"Refuge in Crestone: A Sanctuary for Interreligious Dialogue" by Br. Aaron Raverty, OSB is now available in the SJU Bookstore. In this new book Raverty blends systematic theology and in-depth ethnographic research at the New Age spiritual center in Crestone, CO to show how the practice of interreligious dialogue could be better served by using theology and anthropology. Raverty is a Benedictine monk and has a PhD in sociocultural anthropology. Congratulations, Br. Aaron, on your new publication!

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Two Men begin their Novitiate Year at Saint John's Abbey

After completing 3 months of Candidacy at Saint John's Abbey the monastic community accepted two new novices who were presented with the habit of our Holy Father Saint Benedict by Abbot John Klassen, OSB, at morning prayer on July 8.

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Saint John's Removes Coal Furnaces

Drive past the Saint John's Abbey and University Power House, and you'll notice something is missing that had been a staple at the site for many years. A big pile of coal is gone. Saint John's is no longer burning coal to produce heat for the campus. It's a move that was discussed for some time, but became a reality in December 2013. Two coal boilers and a third boiler that burned natural gas were decommissioned, removed and recycled. That leaves two boilers that burn natural gas or No. 2 fuel oil. Those two boilers are enough to currently meet the present heating demands on campus, although planning for a new steam boiler fired by natural gas or No. 2 fuel oil boiler is underway, with an anticipated completion date in 2016.

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National Catholic Youth Choir Celebrates its 15th Year at Saint John's

The National Catholic Youth Choir (NCYC) was founded by Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB in 1999 under the motto “spreading the Catholic faith through great music.” Every year since, around thirty-five high school students from across the United States attend the two week summer program at Saint John’s. Not surprisingly, the majority of the day is devoted to choir rehearsal under the direction of Dr. Axel Theimer, professor of music at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University and the conductor of the NCYC, as well as classes in music theory and history. Yet, as Fr. Anthony describes, “NCYC is a choir program and a music program, but it’s much more than that – it’s a life-changing spiritual experience for young people who experience the beauty of living in community and using voices to praise God together.”

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Youth in Theology and Ministry Concludes 15th Annual Summer Session

The Youth in Theology and Ministry program, sponsored by the School of Theology - Seminary of Saint John's University brings together high school youth, their adult mentors, and students at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University to build a community of disciples working together to build the Reign of God. The Summer Institute engages high school youth in college-level theological study, service, justice, prayer, and vocational discernment as they explore their faith and integrate it into their everyday experiences.

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6 Reasons Why Every Leader Needs A Sabbatical

In 2002 I decided to take a sabbatical. So I headed off to Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota as a novice grad student in theology. I had not been part of a formal class since 1978, and I was frankly scared to death. Instead, the next four months turned into one of the most meaningful, exciting, and pivotal adventures of my life; an adventure that would change my career and my life forever.

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Saint John’s Prep Students honored by SpotLight Musical Theatre Program

MINNEAPOLIS—Saint John’s Prep School and Hennepin Theatre Trust announced the spring 2014 honorees recognizing theatre accomplishments by Minnesota schools and students participating in the 2013-14 SpotLight Musical Theatre Program. SpotLight is the Trust’s flagship educational initiative which honors and supports Minnesota high school musical theatre programs and students. Honored students will perform in the SpotLight Showcase on June 8 and 9 at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. The complete list of schools and honorees is available at HennepinTheatreTrust.org.

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Saint John’s Abbey Monks, Br. Bradley Jenniges and Br. Michael Leonard Hahn to be Ordained to the Priesthood

At 10:30 am on May 31 in the abbey church, Br. Bradley Jenniges and Br. Michael Leonard Hahn will be ordained to the priesthood by the Most Reverend Donald Kettler, Bishop of St. Cloud. Coming from two different places and taking two different paths after ordination, Jenniges and Hahn have gone through this journey together. “Being a priest brings an opportunity to walk with people as they deepen their spiritual life, searching for answers to life’s biggest questions,” Jenniges said.

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Saint John's Abbey Benedictine Volunteer Corps Sending Out Largest Class in Ten Year History

Collegeville, Minn. – Volunteering with the Benedictine Volunteer Corps is becoming a popular activity for Saint John’s University graduates. Founded by Saint John’s Abbey, The Benedictine Volunteer Corps is a 12-month long program that sends Saint John’s University graduates to help serve monasteries and surrounding communities in need all around the world. This year 22 men are traveling to 11 different monasteries - the highest number the program has had since its start 10 years ago.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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