• 31 Dec

    The Monk Who Saves Manuscripts From ISIS

    Rescuing the world’s most precious antiquities from destruction is a painstaking project—and a Benedictine monk may seem like an unlikely person to lead the charge. But Father Columba Stewart is determined. Soft-spoken, dressed in flowing black robes, this 59-year-old American has spent the past 13 years roaming from the Balkans to the Middle East in an effort to save Christian and Islamic manuscripts threatened by wars, theft, weather—and, lately, the Islamic State.

  • 31 Dec

    Benedictine Monk known for His Math Contributions Dies

    Benedictine monk known for his mathematics prowess and stunning polyhedron art died Friday at the retirement center at St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville. The Rev. Magnus Wenninger, who was 97 when he died, was a mathematician well known for his work constructing models of polyhedrons — three-dimensional solids consisting of a collection of polygons joined at their edges — and for his books on their construction.

  • 31 Dec

    Obituary for Fr. Magnus Wenninger, OSB

    Father Magnus died on February 17, 2017, in the retirement center at Saint John’s Abbey. He is survived by his brothers Bernard, John and James with extended families of nieces, nephews, and the community at Saint John’s Abbey. The monks, family and friends will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, February 22, at 3 pm for Father Magnus, in Saint John’s Abbey Church with internment in Saint John’s Cemetery following the service.

  • 31 Dec

    Extended Interview Fr. Columba Stewart OSB

    Watch excerpts from correspondent Kate Olson’s interview with Fr. Columba Stewart OSB, a Benedictine monk at St.John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, and historian of Christian monasticism. He reflects on the Rule of St. Benedict, what it means and how it works.

  • 31 Dec

    Father Finian McDonald, OSB

    Father Finian McDonald, OSB, died on Thursday, February 9 in a hospice care facility. Mass of Christian Burial for Father Finian on February 17