Over one hundred and forty monks call Saint John’s Abbey “home.” The majority live in the monastery residence behind the abbey church. Monk faculty members, administrators, and staff, along with monastic guests, student monks, and retired monks, reside here.
Major repair and replacement work on the monastery’s original plumbing, electrical, mechanical, and air-handling systems are long overdue. A new elevator is required to replace the original almost non-operational one. Greater energy-efficient windows would reduce energy costs and demonstrate a greater regard for the environment. Updated and additional bathroom facilities would allow elderly monks to stay longer in their regular monastic rooms before needing to move to the care center in Saint Raphael Hall.
Just as the current structure has served the monastery well for the past sixty years, these improvements will lay out a course that will serve it well for the next half-century or more, equipping the abbey to better serve its students, alumni, guests, and public from a more energy-efficient and cost-effective structure.
Coming to know the monks of Saint John’s Abbey has brought me numerous gifts, among them: deep friendships, an appreciation of the Benedictine way of life, profound gratitude for the creation of The Saint John’s Bible, a new awareness and love of Scripture. ... I have been enriched by the example of their lives and by all that the abbey has to offer. Knowing Saint John’s has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
San Francisco, California