Abbey Days of Reflection



An Abbey Day of Reflection is a time and space set apart for spiritual renewal. We welcome men and women of all faiths who wish to come and pray with us.

Reservation Information

The day begins with Morning Prayer with the Saint John’s monastic community at 7:00 a.m. in the Abbey Church. The day includes breakfast, noon prayer with the monastic community, lunch, presentations, and individual reflection time. The retreat day ends at 3:00 p.m. The cost is $55 which includes programming, breakfast, lunch, refreshments, and materials.

Please see our Abbey Days of Reflection page for a fuller description of the day, as well as options for extending your time with us.

To register for this retreat, contact the Spiritual Life Office at 320-363-3929, email us at, or register online.


September 14, 2018

Presenter: Br. Aelred Senna, O.S.B.

Conversatio morum and the Exaltation of the Cross

What does St. Benedict mean when he prescribes a conversion of our ways (conversatio morum) in the Rule—not only in the lives of monastics but in the life of all faithful Christians? What kind of changes or sacrifices are implied for us as Christian disciples? We will ponder these questions, with the Rule of St. Benedict as a guide, in light of the day’s feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross.


October 12, 2018

Presenter: Fr. Cyril Gorman, O.S.B.

The Seeds of the Fruits

Fall is a time of harvesting fruits. Planting and harvesting are things we are always doing in the spiritual life. Christ often used images from agriculture and nature. Fr. Cyril will share a reflection on the "seedtime" we always carry with us: we are always, "novices," desirous of harvesting the fruits of the Spirit mentioned by St. Paul in Galatians 5:22-23. There will be time for a "mindful silent pilgrimage," indoors or outdoors, depending upon the weather and/or the preferences of the participants


November 9, 2018

Presenter: Fr. Michael Kwatera, O.S.B.

The Prayer of Saint Benedict in the Dialogues of Gregory the Great

An exploration of what some memorable stories about the father of Benedictines can tell us about the power of prayer in human lives.