• 31 Dec

    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.

  • 31 Dec

    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.

  • 31 Dec

    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.”

  • 31 Dec

    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.

  • 31 Dec

    "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!

  • 31 Dec

    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.

  • 31 Dec

    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.