Sunday at the Abbey

In February 2007, Saint John's Abbey began a series of presentations which are free and open to the public on monastic culture, spirituality, and history to inaugurate the newly renovated Abbey Chapter House and the newly constructed Guesthouse.

The presentations take place in the Abbey Chapter House at 7 p.m. and are usually on the second Sunday of the month. There are as many as eight lectures a year, from January to April and from September to December. They are given by monks of the abbey and by invited speakers.

The presentations run approximately 45 minutes in length, with a break for light refreshments, followed by 10 to 15 minutes for questions and comments. Although most of the presentations are in lecture format (making use of PowerPoint or other visual aids when possible), a variety of formats and media are often used.



Writing as a Spiritual Practice

Sunday, October 21

Kathleen Norris Presents:
“A Writer's Journey: Benedictine Values as Muse"


Sunday, November 11

Dorothy Bass Presents:
“Words and the Word: The Writer as Seeker and Servant”


Sunday, January 20

Mary Stommes Presents:
“Keeping Due Dates Daily Before Our Eyes: Writing and Editing as a Labor of Love”


Sunday, February 17 

Susan Sink Presents:
"Writing to reveal the Holy in Brokenness"


Sunday, March 17

Patricia Hampl  Presents:
“How to Get the Me Out of Memoir”


Sunday, April 7

Jessie Bazan Presents:
“Vessel of Voices: The Call of a Spiritual Writer”





Welcomed...Or Not So Much?
Immigrating into Minnesota Culture Today


October 15 – Presented by Phil Steger

"How Did We Get Here? The Historical and Legal Framework for Today's Immigration Crisis" 


November 5 – A Panel Presentation

"Muslims & Christians: Living Together as Neighbors" 



January 21 – A Panel Presentation with Moderator Rev. Efrain Rosado OSB

"Hopes, Dreams, and Challenge of Latino Immigrants in Central Minnesota"  


February 18 – Diana Elhard

 "State and National policies for the settlement of Refugees


March 18 – Gerald Schlabach

"Theological reflection on immigration"



If you would like to suggest a topic or speaker for the next series of eight Sundays, send a message to Abbot John, OSB.