BVC_FEF.pngThe abbey’s Benedictine Volunteer Corps provides volunteer opportunities for recent graduates of Saint John’s University at Benedictine monasteries and schools around the world. Utilizing the skills and spiritual values they learned at Saint John’s, the young men serve in collaboration with the host Benedictine monasteries in which they are placed, mostly located in developing areas of the world. The work is varied, sorely needed, and greatly appreciated. The presence of the volunteers is also a gift to the host monks with whom they live and work, for they enrich each monastic community with youthful energy and new insights in a common search for God. Finally, the young men are transformed by the richness of being in a “new world.” Support is needed to provide orientation and training, transportation, health coverage, and modest volunteer stipends, as well as to provide funds for entrepreneurial projects at the sites.


The teaching and modeling of Benedict’s Rule that the monks do so well is what makes a Saint John’s education so unique. As a trustee of the university, the presence and growth of the monastery is vital.

Mike Scherer (SJU ‘67)
Medina, Minnesota









The Saint John's Abbey Guesthouse has fully achieved its vision of being a place of retreat, prayer, and reflection for all. The abbey seeks support for an endowment to further develop spiritual and pastoral programs and retreats at the guesthouse and to ensure affordability to those who might otherwise not be able to participate.






The abbey is the lifeblood of the Saint John's community. The spirituality and development of future monks ensures the value of a Saint John's education.

Bill Sexton (SJU '55)
Wayzata, Minnesota