Forward Ever Forward
The Campaign for Saint John's Abbey
Dear friends of Saint John's,
Several years ago the entire Saint John’s community celebrated its sesquicentennial. It was a time to look back and rejoice in 150 years of pastoral, educational, and cultural leadership and service to the world. It was a time to thank all those who have been part of this wonderful story. With this capital campaign, Saint John’s wishes to position itself for ever greater service to a rapidly changing student demographic, a dynamically new learning environment, and unique challenges for the Church and society. The abbey campaign is part of the university, HMML, and SOT•Seminary campaign. Though the abbey goal in this campaign is modest compared to the university’s, the funds we wish to raise are crucially important to a healthy future for us. I can’t overstate how crucial your support is to accomplishing the creative and innovative programs that are part of our imagination for the future. We need your help.
Yours in Christ,
John Klassen, OSB
Abbot of Saint John's Abbey
To further the abbey's mission of faith, leadership, and service to Church and society, and to sustain its monastic witness for generations to come, the abbey seeks support for the following priorities:
To increase monastic vocations, and to provide for the healthcare and retirement of the monks.
To renovate residential spaces for monks, novices, and monastic candidates; to provide for the ongoing care and stewardship of abbey lands; and to renovate and complete the abbey church pipe organ to address liturgical, devotional, and concert needs and enhance the university's undergraduate and graduate level liturgical music programs.
To support Saint John's Oblate, the Benedictine Volunteer Corps, and Abbey Guesthouse programming.