• 31 Dec

    St. John's Expands its Solar Footprint

    When the first solar panels were erected in a field near St. John's University in 2009, large solar farms were relatively rare in Minnesota. At the time, the experimental farm was one of the largest solar projects in the Upper Midwest. The technology was cutting edge, with panels that tracked the sun as it moved across the sky. More than seven years later, much has changed. The solar farm already expanded once in 2014. Now it's added a third phase known as the Orion Community Solar Garden, which dwarfs the first two. Despite recent snowy weather, the new panels started producing electricity last week.

  • 31 Dec

    Abbot John's Christmas Homily

    Imagine with me a professional woman, Cari, an OBGYN, about 36-37, who is deeply conflicted. She spends all of her work life delivering other women's babies, 3000 of them, more or less. It is hard work but intensely satisfying. It allows her to mask her own deep desire for a child.

  • 31 Dec

    John Rollefson's Poem about this Beloved Collegeville Landmark

    Stella Maris Chapel on Lake Sagatagan has inspired many. Read former resident scholar John Rollefson's poem about this beloved Collegeville landmark.

  • 31 Dec

    Amahl and the Night Visitors

    When a person hits birthday No. 50, it's customary to have a party celebrating the big occasion. The Amahl Puppets are turning 50 years old, and to celebrate they will combine with 60 live singers, musicians and puppeteers — including students from Saint John’s Preparatory School, the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University and monks from Saint John’s Abbey —to perform the one-act opera, "Amahl and the Night Visitors."