• 31 Dec

    Tom Kroll, Recent Forester for the Saint John's abbey Arboretum, Applied a Benedictine Approach

    Tom Kroll spent his forestry career helping private landowners coax the most out of their property — sometimes in a timber harvest, sometimes in a habitat restoration, often in 40-acre increments.

  • 31 Dec

    The Long History of Johnnie Bread

    Baking Johnnie Bread was started by monks, but now baking it is a job for students.Freshman Aaryn DuBose is one of just four St. John's students who bake "Johnnie Bread," a hearty bread that's been a staple of the Johnnie diet since the mid-1800s. The story goes that the German monks who founded the University were used to baking bread using rye flour. But in America, they found wheat was plentiful. Somewhere along the way one monk--likely Brother Wolfgang Beck--decided to mix the two flours together to make the distinctive "Johnnie Bread."

  • 31 Dec

    The Pub Named for a Very Popular Monk

    Inside the Saint John's University student center, there's a bar named for a monk. His name was William Borgerding — the namesake of Brother Willie's Pub. Willie, who died at age 93 in 2009, was such a popular fixture on campus that the school decided it would name the bar inside the Sexton Commons student center for him when it opened in 1993. But Willie wasn't always the type of legendary monk who would get a drinking establishment named in his honor.

  • 31 Dec

    Music from Monks and Students at Saint John's

    Music is big at St. John's University. Singing has been an integral part of the monastic life since its earliest days. And that tradition continues on the campus with the Gregorian Chant Schola of Saint John's Abbey and University. It's a group of monks and students who perform during church services. They've even released a couple of CDs of their music. Father Anthony Ruff is the group's musical director.

  • 31 Dec

    Obituary for Father Mark Lee Thamert, OSB

    Father Mark died peacefully on April 29, 2017 in the retirement center at Saint John’s Abbey. The monks, family, and friends will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial for Father Mark on May 6, 2017 at 10:00 AM in Saint John’s Abbey and University Church with interment in Saint John’s Cemetery following the service.