Benedictine Institute

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



Recent Events


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

Eric Hollas Lunch and Learn Video






Noreen Herzfeld, Ph.D.
Is ISIS Islamic?

  Noreen Herzfeld Lunch and Learn Video






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