Planning Your Visit to Saint John's
At Saint John's Abbey we take the reception of guests quite seriously. We have worked diligently on creating an informative website, a comfortable guesthouse and in general a campus that we feel is poised to welcome visitors.
As you begin your visit to Saint John's Abbey whether it is simply to our website, to one of our streaming on-line liturgies, a campus stay at the guesthouse or joining us for daily prayer, we hope you realize that we consider ourselves blessed by your presence. If this is your first visit please know that you are very welcome to pray with us, explore the miles of trails, stroll the campus, visit The Saint John's Bible, The Liturgical Press, the abbey gift shop. If you are a repeat visitor please know that there are ways that you can become more connected to our community such as getting to know members of the monastic community or lay community, become an abbey volunteer, explore the possibility of becoming a Benedictine Oblate or even becoming a professed member of our monastery.
Above all, we hope that your time here will provide a bit of a spiritual oasis - a place and time for listening to the voice of God. When the monks came to what is now central Minnesota in 1856, it was primarily to establish the Catholic Church for the newly arrived settlers. Today in our whirlwind culture, we feel that one of the needs we might supply is a peaceful environment where one can search for God.
Request a Tour of the Abbey Church
The Abbey Church is open daily from before 7:00 am Morning Prayer to about 10:00 pm. Visitors are welcome to tour on their own at any time except during Masses, prayer services, and other events. A complimentary “Self-Guided Tour” leaflet is available in the baptistry (the main entrance) and a more-detailed booklet can be purchased from the Abbey Gift Shop just inside the Great Hall or from the university bookstore in the Sexton Commons student center.
Groups of six or more may request a guided tour given by a monk volunteer. These typically last an hour but can be shortened if needed. A suggested offering for a guided tour is $5 per adult and $2 per child under 12. Should you choose to make an offering please pay your monk guide with cash or check.
The preferred time for guided tours is 1:30 pm on weekdays. A tour at this time can be part of the Retreat Day program offered by the Saint John’s Bible project. Also, your group may wish to follow the church tour with a visit to the Saint John’s Pottery.
Please make your request for a guided tour (using the form below) as far in advance as possible – at least two weeks before.
Besides being the daily worship space for the monks of Saint John’s Abbey the church is frequently used by students of Saint John’s University and Saint John’s Preparatory School as well as by the local Saint John the Baptist Parish. Thank you for understanding that the needs of these communities take precedence over guided tours.