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Saint John's Abbey and University Church listed in the CNN “Divine Photos of America's Most Epic Churches.”

Photographer Christoph Morlinghaus takes us on a grand tour of the very best Modernist religious architecture in Form/Faith. From Eliel and Eero Saarinen's Midwest churches to Marcel Breuer's austere concrete to the far-out experiments of Pietro Belluschi, the series is a beautiful study of how religion has long spawned many of the world's most beautiful buildings.

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Pioneer Place Production Delves into War and Healing

A collaborative process with director Brother Paul-Vincent Niebauer, actor Dwight Gunderson, photographer Chuck Norwood, and Jeanette Hansen, "The Wedding of Tomorrow and Sorrow" is mixed-media presentation by Jerome Vincent Hansen, a Sauk Rapids native and veteran reflecting on Vietnam and the legacy of war.

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The Bells of Saint John’s

It’s 7 a.m., and I miss the bells. I’ve just returned from a week’s writing residency at the Collegeville Institute, located on the campus of Saint John’s University in rural Minnesota. The apartment I lived and wrote in, set on a lake beneath a canopy of trees, is just down the hill from Saint John’s Abbey Church, one of the most strangely beautiful churches I have ever seen. Each morning during my residency, the bells on the monumental abbey bell banner would begin ringing at 6:50 calling the monks—and all in earshot—to prayer.

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Saint John’s Abbey Hosts First Ever English as a Second Language Institute for Monks from Around the World

Benedictine Brother Paul Richards, director of the Saint John’s Abbey Benedictine Volunteer Corps who became the ESL program’s director, described how the idea became reality. “We have many monk-students from other countries that come to study at Saint John’s School of Theology,” he said. “Over the years they have expressed a need for better preparation in English for study here and [to offer] better service at their home monasteries.”


St. Cloud Times Article Features Saint John's Alum and Faculty Member Robert Bell

Robert Bell of St. Cloud was born in Florida and went to Saint John’s University in Collegeville where he became a quadriplegic in an accident; he met his goal of returning later to graduate and teach.


"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!


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.


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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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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