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Worship & Work

Deep calls to Deep

At the heart of the 1500 year Benedictine spiritual tradition, "Worship and Work" succinctly describes the daily rhythm and spiritual dynamic of the monks of the Order of Saint Benedict.

A vocation to Worship, the first Work of the Benedictine monks is Worship. The Benedictine Work of Worship; the liturgy of the hours, daily Mass, and the ancient tradition of lectio divina, strives to serve to the spiritual need of the world and Church.

Daily Work among the Benedictine monks articulates and punctuates the spiritual life of the community, giving physical expression to the spiritual fruits of a life of Worship.

Worship inspires Work. 
Work reveals Worship.


Marcel Breuer and a Committee of Twelve Plan a Church


Marcel Breuer and a Committee of Twelve Plan a Church


A Monastic Memoir

Hilary Thimmesh, OSB


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Internationally renowned architect I. M. Pei commented that if Marcel Breuer’s church for Saint John’s Abbey had been built in New York instead of the north woods of Minnesota it would be world famous. Hamilton Smith, Breuer’s longtime associate, wrote that the completed church was that rare thing, an architectural design fully realized, and he regarded it as Breuer’s finest achievement. The junior member of the twelve-monk planning committee recounts in warm and frequently humorous detail how its members related to the Hungarian-born Bauhaus-trained architect who had no background in church architecture but shared their belief in the enduring quality of simple materials sympathetically used. How the strong architect-client relationship survived the strain of disagreement at a critical moment in completion of the church is the narrative high point in this informal record of four years in which the reader sees a masterpiece of modern church architecture take shape.

Hilary Donald Thimmesh, OSB, is a native Minnesotan who became a monk of Saint John’s Abbey in 1947. He was ordained priest in 1954, gained a doctorate in English from Cornell University in 1963, and taught courses in Chaucer and Shakespeare intermittently with administrative appointments until 2009. He currently heads the Benedictine Institute of Saint John’s University.

Product number: 99279

ISBN: 978-0-9740-9927-9

Pages: 136

Trim Size: 5 3/8 x 8 1/4

Publication Date: 09/01/2011