The Benedictine Monks of
Saint John's Abbey
We, the monks of Saint John's Abbey, a community of Catholic Benedictine men, seek God through a common life of prayer, study, and work, giving witness to Christ and the Gospel, in service to the church and the world. Called together by Christ, we support each other under The Rule of Saint Benedict and our abbot. Our life together encourages learning, creativity in the arts and trades, and care for God's creation.
Saint John's Abbey is a Roman Catholic Benedictine monastery established over a hundred and fifty years ago in Central Minnesota. With 140 monks we are one of the larger Benedictine communities in the world. Our Order has a strong contemplative component, with an emphasis on prayer, work and community. Here at Saint John's we are known for education, liturgy, ecumenism, spirituality and environmental stewardship, as well as leadership in numerous ministries and professions.
Saint John’s is a special and multifaceted place. From its early beginnings, it has been home to Saint John’s Abbey and University, the School of Theology·Seminary and the Preparatory School. Over the years, Saint John’s has become home to a number of other renowned institutions including: the Liturgical Press, the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research, the Jay Phillips Center for Jewish Christian Learning, the Arboretum, an indigenous pottery program, the first radio station in the Minnesota Public Radio network, an extraordinary rare book and art collection known as Arca Artium, and The Saint John’s Bible.
Located on a 3,000-acre tract of land, the Saint John’s campus is remarkable in both its natural and architectural beauty. It includes an extensive pine and hardwood forest, and oak savanna, a restored prairie and wetlands and several lakes.
Arranged in a series of quadrangles and courtyards to the north of Lake Sagatagan, the buildings at Saint John’s date from the 1860s. At the center of the Saint John’s campus is the Abbey Church, one of 10 campus buildings designed by Marcel Breuer. With its towering bell banner and three-story wall of stained glass, the Abbey Church is among the most striking pieces of 20th-century architecture.