• 31 Dec

    Mass of Christian Burial for Father Martin Rath, OSB

    The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated for Father Martin, August 26th at 3:00 pm in Saint John’s Abbey Church with interment in Saint John’s Cemetery following the service.

  • 31 Dec

    Monks and Volunteers Gather to Build a New Bridge

    Eight Monks and fifteen volunteers converged on the North House Folk School in Grand Marais last month to build a timber-frame footbridge for the trail to the Stella Maris Chapel. We worked 9 to 5, five days a week, for two weeks, side by side and shoulder to shoulder, surrounded by whirring circular saws, scraping hand planers, gouging drill bits, roaring routers and one thundering chain mortiser.

  • 31 Dec

    Father Columba Stewart on Saving Ancient Religious Texts from Theft, Wear and War

    At mid-morning, as the sun shines high on the whitewashed stone houses of the Old City, a tall, lean figure dressed in a black religious habit slips through the narrow alleys of the souq, confidently navigating them as if he had lived here forever. "This place has always had a special significance for me" explains this 59-year-old American Benedictine monk while stopping in front of an iron door surmounted by a stone arch. "I always try to carve out some free time when I come here."

  • 31 Dec

    New Book Translated and Edited William Skudlarek OSB

    "Welcoming Other Religions: A New Dimension of the Christian Faith" by Pierre-François de Béthune, Translated and Edited by William Skudlarek, OSB, Foreword by Dennis Gira

  • 31 Dec

    Saint John's Bible Artist to Become a Knight

    Donald Jackson will be inducted into the Order of St. Gregory the Great in a ceremony at Westminster Cathedral in London, according to a news release. The world-renowned calligrapher has been the principal illuminator for the St. John's Bible since 1998. He created illustrations and other visual additions in the book, which might be the first handwritten and illuminated Bible compiled by a Benedictine monastery since the invention of the printing press.