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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.

Benedictine Values


Benedictine Values

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Benedictine Values 1 Red Alder.jpg

Benedictine Values


The Benedictine Values, while not directly enumerated in the Rule of Saint Benedict, have been formed as a guide to, and expression of the Benedictine Tradition. Current students and Alums of Saint John's University, as well as Oblates of Saint John's Abbey, will recognize these values taught and lived daily in the ministry, work, athletics, and community of Saint John's.

Each plaque is laser engraved in the Abbey Laser Studio.

The engraving reads:

Benedictine Values

Awareness of God
To look for God not in the abstract but in the ordinary events of everyday.
"We believe that the divine presence is everywhere." RB 19

Community Living
To become who we are by our relationship with others.
"Let all things be common to all." RB 33

Dignity of Work
To appreciate the dignity of work in God's creation.
"...they live by the labor of their hands." RB 48

To offer warmth, acceptance, and joy in welcoming others.
"Let received as Christ." RB 51

To work toward a just order in our immediate environment and in the larger society.
"...that in all things God may be glorified." RB 57

To hear keenly and sensitively the voices of persons and all created beings.
"Listen...with the ear of your heart." RB Prologue 

To be content with living simply and finding balance in work, prayer, and leisure.
"All things are to be done with moderation." RB 48

To strive for peace on all levels with self, others, and with God. RB Prologue

REspect for Persons
To respect each person regardless of class, background, or professional skill.
"No one is to peruse what is judged best for oneself, but instead, what is better for someone else." RB 72

To cultivate rootedness and a shared sense of mission.
"To stand firm in one's promises." RB 35

To appreciate and to care lovingly for all the goods of this place.
"Regard all utensils as if they were sacred vessels of the alter." RB 32

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