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    Living faithfully the Benedictine tradition of worship and work

  • Promoting vocations to the priesthood and monastic life

  • Educating students at our preparatory school, university, and our school of theology•seminary

  • Providing pastoral ministry in parishes and chaplaincies

  • Offering generous hospitality to all who come to Saint John’s

  • Providing opportunities for spiritual renewal

  • Offering assistance in missionary outreach

  • Assisting with a variety of other apostolates such as liturgical publications and ecumenism 

Forward Ever Forward Campaign Brochure




Abbot_John.jpgA short time ago the entire Saint John’s community celebrated its sesquicentennial. It was a time to look back and rejoice in 150 years of pastoral, educational, and cultural leadership and service to the world. It was a time to thank all those who have been part of this wonderful story. With this capital campaign, Saint John’s wishes to position itself for ever greater service to a rapidly changing student demographic, a dynamically new learning environment, and unique challenges for the Church and society. The abbey campaign is part of the university, HMML, and SOT•Seminary campaign. Though the abbey goal in this campaign is modest compared to the university’s, the funds we wish to raise are crucially important to a healthy future for us. I can’t overstate how crucial your support is to accomplishing the creative and innovative programs that are part of our imagination for the future. We need your help.

Yours in Christ,

John Klassen, O.S.B.
Abbot of Saint John's Abbey






Since their arrival in Minnesota in 1856, the monks of Saint John’s Abbey have embodied a vital monastic presence, seeking God and witnessing to Christ and the Gospel through a common life of prayer, study, and work, in service to the Church and the world.

The Benedictine monks are and have always been the lively leaven of the Saint John’s community, providing invaluable support, inspiration, and leadership for Saint John’s University, School of Theology•Seminary, Preparatory School, Liturgical Press, and Hill Museum and Manuscript Library.



Since the 1940s, the monks of Saint John’s Abbey have been an important factor for our family in establishing a  firm foundation of faith, academic, and lifestyle standards.

Lyle (SJU ‘53) and Marilyn Theisen
Silver Springs, Maryland







Inspired by their founder, Archabbot Boniface Wimmer, OSB, who over 150 years ago coined the phrase
“Forward, always forward, everywhere forward,” today’s monks continue to be inspired by their forebears and seek to respond to the world’s deepest hungers for learning, for believing, and for hoping in the future. The monks’ ongoing influence is essential to keeping Saint John’s both Benedictine and Catholic, assuring that their initiatives and their values are actively handed on to future generations.








To further the abbey's mission of faith, leadership, and service to Church and society, and to sustain its monastic witness for generations to come, the abbey seeks support for the following priorities:




To increase monastic vocations, and to provide for the healthcare and retirement of the monks.



To renovate residential spaces for monks, novices, and monastic candidates; to provide for the ongoing care and stewardship of abbey lands; and to renovate and complete the abbey church pipe organ to address liturgical, devotional, and concert needs and enhance the university's undergraduate and graduate level liturgical music programs.



To support the Benedictine Volunteer Corps, Trinity Benedictine Monastery in Japan, and Abbey Guesthouse programming.



The monastic community is the source that inspires and maintains the Benedictine hospitality, faith community, education, creativity, outreach, and inclusive functions and programs of Saint John’s. We feel it is a privilege to participate in and give support to its work.

Vince (SJU ‘63) and Marcia Pletcher
Hastings, Minnesota