Father Hilary died unexpectedly on August 11, 2019, in the retirement center at Saint John’s Abbey. He is survived by his brother, Ronald, Monticello, and sisters, Carolyn, Osakis, and Margaret McWilliams, Grand Junction, Colorado, and the community at Saint John’s Abbey. The monks, family, and friends will celebrate the Eucharist of Christian Burial for Father Hilary at 3:30 pm on Friday, August 16 in Saint John’s Abbey and University Church with interment in Saint John’s Cemetery following the service.
Father Columba Stewart, OSB, Benedictine monk, scholar of early religions, and executive director of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, will deliver the 2019 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities. The lecture is the highest honor the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities.
The Expansion of the Saint John's Abbey Holtkamp Organ creates excitement among our undergraduate and graduate organ students! Our goal for expanding and completing our Holtkamp pipe organ is to give inspiration, spiritual nourishment, and artistic excitement to thousands of people over the next century. The completed Holtkamp/Pasi instrument will be a fantastic catalyst in inspiring our students who will be leading music and worship in churches throughout the United States and beyond.