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2900 Abbey Plaza
Collegeville, MN, 56321


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.

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Oblate Summer Retreat

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Oblate Summer Retreat

from 170.00





Saint John’s Abbey

Oblate Summer Retreat Registration July 14-16, 2017

Father Bob Koopman, OSB

Praying the Psalms in Word and Music


How differently God speaks to us in the psalms, depending on our life situations at particular times. We will sing psalms, speak psalms, listen to piano improvisations on melodies associated with particular psalms,          and hear the insights of scholars.

Fr. Robert Koopmann, O.S.B., is President Emeritus of Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, and Professor of Music at Saint John’s University and The College of Saint Benedict, where he has taught piano, music literature, and courses on creativity and the creative process since 1975. Fr. Bob has been one of the abbey organists at Saint John’s Abbey since 1970. He has performed as a piano soloist and accompanist, as well as in chamber ensembles and with orchestras throughout the USA and abroad, including 20 states, Europe, South Africa, Chile, Kenya, and Tanzania. He has released a number of recordings since 1994. Father Bob was president of Saint John’s University from 2009 until July 2012. He recently presented concerts in Collegeville, MN, Sioux City, IA, New York City, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Yokohama, and Fujimi, Japan. He has given many presentations on “Music as a Pathway to God.”

Registration must be received by July 9, 2015.

Each housing option includes the cost of the retreat and the Saturday banquet.

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Oblate Office
Saint John’s Abbey
P.O. Box 2015
Collegeville, MN 56321