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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.

Abbey Healthcare & Retirement



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Since its founding, the monks of Saint John's have taken a more ministerial rather than monetary view of their work and service, with much of their work having been offered at low or reduced compensation in order to anticipate and support the future of the university and preparatory school, as well as other ministries. Even when retired, elderly monks, along with monks of all ages, continue to dedicate their lives to praying for the many needs of friends, alumni, and benefactors, and the world in general. They are still a part of the campus community, living at Saint John's in the care center in St. Raphael Hall.

The abbey faces the same escalating healthcare and retirement costs as the rest of society. To care for infirm and elderly monks, the abbey needs to increase its endowment for the long-term stabilization of
healthcare and retirement costs.

Saint John's a unique environment, an enriching and challenging crucible built on Benedictine values, for a young man to grow into being a critical-thinking Christian capable of engaging the world; and with new lifelong friends from amongst the monks, teachers, and students as an added bonus.

Robert D. Christensen, MD (SJU '62)
Minneapolis, Minnesota