• 31 Dec

    Saint John's Abbey Summer Oblate Retreat

    About 90 oblates and oblate candidates attended the July 18-20 retreat at Saint John's Abbey this past weekend. Six people made their final (lifelong) oblation during our Saturday Vigil Prayer, and two people began their year of oblate candidacy--a year of oblate/Benedictine formation before final oblation. All renewed their oblate commitment during the community Mass on Saturday. Two of our oblates, Katherine Wallace and Ron Joki, celebrated their 25th anniversary of final oblation. Oblate directors, Fr. Don Tauscher and Fr. Michael Peterson, organized and hosted the retreat with many of our veteran oblates volunteering for hospitality.

  • 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.

  • 30 Jun

    Youth in Theology and Ministry Concludes 15th Annual Summer Session

    The Youth in Theology and Ministry program, sponsored by the School of Theology - Seminary of Saint John's University brings together high school youth, their adult mentors, and students at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University to build a community of disciples working together to build the Reign of God. The Summer Institute engages high school youth in college-level theological study, service, justice, prayer, and vocational discernment as they explore their faith and integrate it into their everyday experiences.

  • 2 Jul

    National Catholic Youth Choir Celebrates its 15th Year at Saint John's

    The National Catholic Youth Choir (NCYC) was founded by Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB in 1999 under the motto “spreading the Catholic faith through great music.” Every year since, around thirty-five high school students from across the United States attend the two week summer program at Saint John’s. Not surprisingly, the majority of the day is devoted to choir rehearsal under the direction of Dr. Axel Theimer, professor of music at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University and the conductor of the NCYC, as well as classes in music theory and history. Yet, as Fr. Anthony describes, “NCYC is a choir program and a music program, but it’s much more than that – it’s a life-changing spiritual experience for young people who experience the beauty of living in community and using voices to praise God together.”

  • 19 Jun

    6 Reasons Why Every Leader Needs A Sabbatical

    In 2002 I decided to take a sabbatical. So I headed off to Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota as a novice grad student in theology. I had not been part of a formal class since 1978, and I was frankly scared to death. Instead, the next four months turned into one of the most meaningful, exciting, and pivotal adventures of my life; an adventure that would change my career and my life forever.

  • 30 May

    Saint John’s Abbey Monks, Br. Bradley Jenniges and Br. Michael Leonard Hahn to be Ordained to the Priesthood

    At 10:30 am on May 31 in the abbey church, Br. Bradley Jenniges and Br. Michael Leonard Hahn will be ordained to the priesthood by the Most Reverend Donald Kettler, Bishop of St. Cloud. Coming from two different places and taking two different paths after ordination, Jenniges and Hahn have gone through this journey together. “Being a priest brings an opportunity to walk with people as they deepen their spiritual life, searching for answers to life’s biggest questions,” Jenniges said.

  • 29 May

    Saint John’s Prep Students honored by SpotLight Musical Theatre Program

    MINNEAPOLIS—Saint John’s Prep School and Hennepin Theatre Trust announced the spring 2014 honorees recognizing theatre accomplishments by Minnesota schools and students participating in the 2013-14 SpotLight Musical Theatre Program. SpotLight is the Trust’s flagship educational initiative which honors and supports Minnesota high school musical theatre programs and students. Honored students will perform in the SpotLight Showcase on June 8 and 9 at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. The complete list of schools and honorees is available at HennepinTheatreTrust.org.

  • 3 May

    Saint John's Monks Win Triathalon 3rd Time in a Row!

    Saint John's Benedictine monks, (left to right) Br. Nick Kleespie and Br. Lew Grobe with Mr. Dan McAvey competed for Saint John's "Fruit at the Finish" Triathalon. It is the third win in a row for both of the Benedictine Monks! Br. Nick Kleespie, OSB, and Br. Lew Grobe, OSB, have learned a few things about communication since they first entered the Fruit at the Finish Triathlon as team participants in 2011. "Our first year we knew we were in trouble because our swimmer jumped in the water and he had a snorkel on," Kleespie said. "There was maybe a little disconnect between Br. Lew and I and our swimmer at the time."