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Saint John’s Fires Up Continent’s Largest Wood-Burning Kiln

Hundreds of people came out to St. John’s University Friday for the firing ceremony of the largest wood burning kiln in North America — the Johanna Kiln. The 87-foot long kiln was built in 1994 and is fired up every other year. The kiln will cook for 10 straight days as about 60 volunteers tend to it. This year the kiln ceremony was in honor of Francis Schellinger, who helped find the clay deposit that is used by Saint John’s Pottery. Schellinger died last year, but his family was on hand to light the kiln in his honor.

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New Documentary “Strangers No More”

Catholicism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam might seem worlds apart, but Saint John’s Abbey monks and their sisters at Saint Benedict’s Monastery have spent years discovering what they and their counterparts from these different religious traditions have to share through the simple act of spending time together.

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Saint John’s Abbey Recognized for Conservation Work

In his capacity as Saint John’s Abbey Arboretum Director, Tom Kroll has played an active role in connecting the Minnesota Land Trust with area landowners interested in conserving their own properties with conservation easements.

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'7 Days of Illumination -- The Mission of Pope Francis and The Saint John's Bible'

In an era where "cultured despisers of religion" -- a term used by Friedrich Schleiermacher two centuries ago, critiquing the prevailing ethos of Europe during his day -- fail to note the power and feeling of authentic faith and practice, the mission of Pope Francis to America comes at a pivotal moment in world history.

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Pope’s gift to Congress comes from Minnesota: A Saint John’s Bible

When Pope Francis speaks to Congress on Thursday, he’ll come to Capitol Hill bearing a gift. And it’ll be a return to the U.S. for one of the rare editions of the St. John’s Bible.

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New Book: "The Nature of Saint John's: A Guide to the Landscape and Spirituality of Saint John's Abbey Arboretum"

Jennifer Kutter, CSB '03 and Larry Haeg, SJU '67, editors of the brand new book "The Nature of Saint John's: A Guide to the Landscape and Spirituality of Saint John's Abbey Arboretum," will be signing copies of their book on Saturday, September 12 from 10:30 am until noon in the SJU Bookstore. The authors will also be signing before and after the homecoming football game, October 17th on campus in the Arboretum tent. All are welcome!

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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.

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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