Land Stewardship Endowment
LAND STEWARDSHIP ENDOWMENT
The abbey is deeply committed to the care for God’s creation and the practice of environmental stewardship and sustainable living. The abbey seeks funding and support for the ongoing care of its lands, including the reforestation of the hardwoods and maintenance of trails and emergency roads in the woods and wetlands.
In the fall of 2009, the abbey installed the largest solar farm in the Midwest at that time. The solar array provides 10 percent of Saint John’s energy needs. In 2013 the campus eliminated the burning of coal, relying now solely on gas and solar. In addition, the abbey seeks support for environmental initiatives that will further reduce its energy costs and carbon footprint. The FORWARD EVER FORWARD campaign will help assure future generations of a cleaner environment, sustainable forest and pristine lakes, all toward an ever higher regard for God’s gift of creation.
The monks of Saint John’s guided, nurtured, and transformed seven generations of humanity in Minnesota and around the world. They were there for us when we needed them. Now it’s our turn to be there for them when they need us.
Dan Whalen (SJU ‘70)