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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.

Monastic Vocations

Saint John's Abbey Vocations

Donate to Abbey Vocations

Encouraging and increasing monastic vocations is vital to the future of all of Saint John's. New vocations will ensure an ongoing Benedictine presence in our apostolates. Students benefit from the strong moral, spiritual, and principled leadership provided by the presence of monks who serve as the schools' teachers, faculty residents, spiritual directors, administrators, chaplains, and counselors. Parishioners benefit from the pastoral leadership of pastors who have been formed with a biblical and liturgical spirituality. To increase vocations, the abbey needs to increase its visibility and expand outreach programs. In addition, after joining the community, young monks must continue to receive excellent spiritual and theological training to prepare them to serve with Saint John's traditional generosity of spirit.

"Your gift is an answer to someone else’s prayer." That is our inspiration in supporting the monks. For their prayer support of Kris when facing cancer, the spiritual blessing Steve draws from the oblates, for our many friends in the monastery and their gentle example of faith, hope, and love, we joyfully support the monastic community.

Steve (SJU ‘83) & Dr. Kris Nelson
Scottsdale, Arizona