• 31 Dec

    Interfaith Dialogue Brings Somali and St. Joseph Community Together

    A sense of belonging and love is what all humans long for no matter what religious background. The community of St. Joseph along with the Somali community came together for a Muslim-Christian dialogue. Joined by monks from Saint John’s Abbey and sisters from Saint Benedict’s Monastery, as well as Franciscan sisters, Crosier priests and brothers from within the Diocese of Saint Cloud, and Bishop Donald Kettler.

  • 31 Dec

    New Bridge Blessing

    Bridge blessing. Fr. Nick Kleespie presided with the specially composed prayer by Fr. Michael Kwatera.

  • 31 Dec

    We are a Resilient Community

    How we move forward will define us as a community for a long time to come. It is time to come together and work side by side to build a safe and prosperous future for all of our families

  • 31 Dec

    Pope Francis Received an Audience of 250 Benedictine Abbots and Abbesses

    Pope Francis today received in audience some 250 participants in the congress of Benedictine abbots and abbesses gathered in Rome to reflect on the monastic charism received from St. Benedict and their faithfulness to it in a changing world. This theme acquires special meaning in the context of the Jubilee of Mercy since, as Francis affirmed, “if it is only in the contemplation of Jesus Christ that we perceive the merciful face of the Father, monastic life constitutes a privileged route to achieve this contemplative experience and to translate it into personal and community witness”.

  • 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.