Monte Cassino

Monte Cassino is a rocky hill about 130 km (80 miles) southeast of Rome, Italy, c. 2 km to the west of the town of Cassino (the Roman Casinum having been on the hill) and 520 m altitude. St. Benedict established his first monastery, the source of the Benedictine Order, here around 529.

Foundations of Benedictine Education

An essay by Hilary Thimmesh, OSB

Benedictine Institute of Saint John's

Celebrating the Catholic & Benedictine Heritage of SJU

The Mission Statement for the Benedictine Institute states in part, “The Benedictine Institute is to strengthen and articulate in fresh ways the Catholic and Benedictine character of Saint John’s University that has been its hallmark since it was founded by the monks of Saint John’s Abbey in 1857.
 “The Benedictine Institute will undertake its mission through existing programs and new initiatives to promote a lively, rich, and authentic understanding and appreciation of Benedictine life and culture on campus.
 “Orienting new faculty and staff to Saint John’s history and the Benedictine character and ethos underlying it will be one goal.  Exploring the bearing of historic Benedictine values and practices on educational and vocational goals will be another.  Sponsoring visiting scholars and organizing symposia on matters of particular concern to contemporary Benedictines will be a third.  Planning study tours for faculty and staff to Catholic and Benedictine sites as funding allows will be a fourth.”

Upcoming Events


Noreen Herzfeld, Ph.D.
Is ISIS Islamic?

Monday, October 26
Quad 264








Eric Hollas, OSB
Building Community - One Person at a Time

Monday, November 16
Quad 264







Recent Events


Larry Haeg and Jenny Kutter
The Nature of Saint John's 

Thursday, September 17
Quad 264

 Nature of Saint John's Lunch and Learn Video



Sister Michaela Hedican, OSB
"Musings on Monastic Mergers"
Saint Benedict's Monastery, St. Joseph, Minnesota; Saint Bede Monastery, Eau Claire Wisconsin; Mount Benedict Monastery, Ogden, Utah
Five years after the "merging" of three Benedictine communities what have we learned about change and transition? What might it have to say to our college campus?

Musings on Monastic Mergers Video




Vatican II and Ecumenism Series, Part IV
Dei Verbum Fifty Years Out: Speaker Dr. Harry Attridge
Attridge Keynote Address





Vatican Council

Vatican II + Ecumenism
Keynote Lecture: Longing for Communion
Speaker: Elizabeth Groppe, PhD.





Notker Wolf

Abbot Primate Notker Wolf
Midday prayer in Emmaus Chapel. Music by
Fr. Bob Koopmann and Abbot Primate Notker Wolf
Talk on Leadership in the Pellegrene Auditorium
The Abbot Primate is leader of the 25,000+ monastic Benedictines worldwide.



Massimo Faggioli Massimo Faggioli
First Vatican II Document: Sacrosanctum Concilium
The first event in the Vatican Council II and Ecumenism Conference Series

Direct link to the SOT page




Fr. Columba Stewart,OSBFr. Columba Stewart, OSB

From the Dark Ages to Cold War Europe,
from Ethiopia to the Middle East and India,
and on to Timbuktu: How Benedictines
can't stop preserving endangered manuscripts

Link to Columba's talk

Father Columba Sterwart's Talk


Br. David Paul LangeBr. David Paul Lange, OSB

The Design of the Abbey Church
If you missed Br. Paul's talk here is a link to it:

Br. David Paul's Talk



Book Discussion with Annette AtkinsAnnette Atkins

Challenging Women Since 1913
Group 1: October 29 and
November 5
Group 2: Oct 31 and Nov 7
3:30-4:30 p.m. in Quad 241




Pope Francis Discussion: Pope Francis
Statement on the
Future of the Church
October 24th 3:30 to 4:30 in Quad 341.
Link to Pope's Comments




Scholarship and Creativity Day
Benedictine Values Page Link

What are the Benedictine Values?
Video Link  


Larry Haeg and Jenny Kutter
The Nature of Saint John's 
 Nature of Saint John's unch and Learn Video



Vatican CouncilVatican II and Ecumenism Series, Part IV
Dei Verbum Fifty Years Out: Speaker Dr. Harry Attridge
Attridge Keynote Address



St. John's Abbey Church:
The Creation of a Modern Sacred Space
Victoria Young
Victoria's Lunch and Learn





Queen Elizabeth II, Amahl and a Monk:
A Sneak Peek at the Amahl Puppets
Brother Paul Vincent Niebauer
Video of Brother Paul Vincent's Presentation




Abbot Notker WoflAbbot Notker Wolf

The Art of Leadership Video
Interview Videos



Gerald SchlabachGerald Schlabach
March Feast of Saint Benedict
The Classroom at the End of the World-
When Glamour Beckons, Can Benedictine
Values Compete?

Gerald's Video

Ephrem Hollermann
History of Saint Walburg Abbey, Eichstätt, Germany
Sister Ephrem's Video




"Building the Saint John's Abbey Church"

by Mike Geib


"Three Benedictine Mystics"

by Bernard McGinn, PhD


Benedictine Institute Blog


Contact Us

Gloria Hardy
Assistant Director, Benedictine Institute
(320) 363-2475