• 31 Dec

    Don Talafous – Alumni Chaplain

    Fun, fattening and funerals. This is how Fr. Don Talafous describes his work in the Institutional Advancement offices at Saint John’s University as Alumni Chaplain. “Though Alumni Relations is under Institutional Advancement, our work is primarily concerned with maintaining relations with alumni. I call it ‘socializing’,” Talafous said. While independently maintaining relationships with alumni, Talafous also offers daily reflections that anyone can access online. He attends various alumni and university related events all over the country. Besides mingling with old friends among the alumni and meeting news ones, he is often asked to do an opening or closing prayer. Talafous reaches out to alumni from both CSB and SJU to catch up or to create new relationships.

  • 31 Dec

    National Volunteer Appreciation Week - Thank You Abbey Volunteers!

    Celebrating service is exactly what will be happening April 7-April 11. This is a week devoted to recognizing volunteers around the nation and the amazing work that they do. However, Eileen Haeg, Volunteer Coordinator at Saint John’s, has a different approach to appreciating her volunteers. “I’ve found that volunteers don’t want a lot of things for the work they’ve done,” Haeg said. There are currently about 50 registered volunteers, but there are more volunteers who are not officially registered.

  • 31 Dec

    Fr. Daniel Durken, OSB

    Father Daniel Durken, OSB died in the Abbey Retirement Center on Saturday evening, March 29th. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, April 3rd at 3:30 pm in Saint John's Abbey Church with interment in Saint John's Cemetery following the service. The Eucharist Mass of Christian Burial for Father Daniel on Thursday, April 3 at 3:30 pm in Saint John’s Abbey Church, will be availble in live-stream.

  • 31 Dec

    Holy Week 2014 Schedule of Liturgies for Saint John's Abbey

    All are welcome to join the monastic community in celebrating the Holy Week liturgies at Saint John's Abbey!

  • 31 Dec

    Minnesotans Help Rescuers of Massive Collection of ancient Islamic texts

    In action movies, heroes risk great peril in mysterious locales — like the deserts of Timbuktu — and fight deadly enemies to rescue treasure. Though the combatants persist, the wiles and wisdom of the heroes prevail, saving the treasure for future centuries. It’s great entertainment for our winter nights.But the true story below has more drama than an Indiana Jones film — and has a local connection. After the harrowing rescue by people of Mali of real treasures — a trove of unique Arabic manuscripts — the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library in Collegeville is assisting in a different long-term “rescue.”

  • 31 Dec

    Two Men Begin Their Candidacy at Saint John's Abbey

    After visiting the monastic community a number of times two men have been accepted as candidates and have begun their candidacy period at Saint John's Abbey. Candidacy is a three month period where the men live, work, pray and recreate with the monastic community. It is a time for the men to get to know the monastic way of life as well as the community and of course for the monastic community to better get to know the candidate. If it is evident that God is indeed calling the candidate to further explore monastic life then the candidate will go on to begin a year as a novice.

  • 31 Dec

    Brother Oblate Bob Kirkley, OblSB

    Bob Kirkley received the Benedictine habit as a claustral oblate of Saint John's Abbey on Saturday, February 15th at evening prayer in the abbey church before Abbot John Klassen, members of the monastic community and a good number of friends and associates. Brother Oblate Bob Kirkley was born on December 5, 1942, in Goose Creek (now Baytown), Texas. He graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown in 1960, and received a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in chemistry from Saint Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, in 1964. Bob obtained a Master of Science degree with a thesis in organic chemistry from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 1969. He also took additional graduate hours in education from the University of Houston, and earned a certificate in scripture studies from the Saint John’s School of Theology in Collegeville, Minnesota.

  • 31 Dec

    Bobby Vee and His Brothers

    We first welcomed him into our homes in the 1960s, a time between Rock and Roll’s birth and the British Invasion. Over a half-century later American artist and entertainer Bobby Vee returns to us for a final performance, but he is not alone. To share in his ultimate collection, he invited his Brothers. He was not searching for backup vocals or bass players. The Brothers in the Saint John’s Abbey Gregorian Chant Schola, including Br. Richard Crawford, Br. Lew Grobe, Br. Nick Kleespie, Br. David-Paul Lange, Br. Nicholas Moe and Br. Paul Richards, were chosen for something more personal—spirituality often is.