Encouraging and increasing monastic vocations is vital to the future of all of Saint John's. New vocations will ensure an ongoing Benedictine presence in our apostolates. Students benefit from the strong moral, spiritual, and principled leadership provided by the presence of monks who serve as the schools' teachers, faculty residents, spiritual directors, administrators, chaplains, and counselors. Parishioners benefit from the pastoral leadership of pastors who havebeen formed with a biblical and liturgical spirituality. To increase vocations, the abbey needs to increase its visibility and expand outreach programs. In addition, after joining the community, young monks must continue to receive excellent spiritual and theological training to prepare them to serve with Saint John's traditional generosity of spirit.
"Your gift is an answer to someone else’s prayer." That is our inspiration in supporting the monks. For their prayer support of Kris when facing cancer, the spiritual blessing Steve draws from the oblates, for our many friends in the monastery and their gentle example of faith, hope, and love, we joyfully support the monastic community.
Steve (SJU ‘83) & Dr. Kris Nelson
ABBEY HEALTHCARE &
Since its founding, the monks of Saint John's have taken a more ministerial rather than monetary view of their work and service, with much of their work having been offered at low or reduced compensation in order to anticipate and support the future of the university and preparatory school, as well as other ministries. Even when retired, elderly monks, along with monks of all ages, continue to dedicate their lives to praying for the many needs of friends, alumni, and benefactors, and the world in general. They are still a part of the campus community, living at Saint John's in the care center in St. Raphael Hall.
The abbey faces the same escalating healthcare and retirement costs as the rest of society. To care for infirm and elderly monks, the abbey needs to increase its endowment for the long-term stabilization of
healthcare and retirement costs.
Saint John's Abbey...is a unique environment, an enriching and challenging crucible built on Benedictine values, for a young man to grow into being a critical-thinking Christian capable of engaging the world; and with new lifelong friends from amongst the monks, teachers, and students as an added bonus.
Robert D. Christensen, MD (SJU '62)