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Saint John's Bible Graduate Assistantship

Introduction:  The Benedictine Abbey of Saint John's has long been a center for the arts and liturgical renewal. This tradition was once again kindled in 1998 when Saint John's Abbey and University commissioned renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson to produce a hand-written, hand-illuminated Bible.  It is a reflection of the monastic devotion to the Scriptures. In 2009, the School of Theology and Seminary was commissioned to develop curriculum as a companion for The Saint John's Bible. This opens new opportunities for students seeking graduate theological to gain experience in scripture, art, catechesis and theology while they pursue their academic studies.

Application: Provide the following information in two to four pages.

  1. Title the document: Application for Graduate Assistantship: Saint John's Bible Project
  2. List your name, postal address, email address, telephone number, intended degree, and first enrollment term.
  3. Describe how you hope to use your theological education upon graduation.
  4. List three experiences or qualities that you bring to this position and describe how you have used these in ministry or related areas.
  5. Describe an area in which you wish to sharpen your skills and ministerial competencies through this position.
  6. Email the document as an attachment to [email protected].

Criteria for Award Distribution:

  1. Applicants must be accepted into a master's degree program.
  2. Selection of award recipients is based on the strength of the assistantship application and the formal interview.
  3. Award recipients receive a financial package valued between $15,000 and $22,000 per year.  The package has three components: 
    • A tuition scholarship ranging from 50% to 100% for the academic terms
    • A work award in the amount of $4,000 per academic year
    • An allowance of $3,500 per academic year for Room and Board
  4. The work award is earned on an hourly basis and the room & board allowance is a monthly stipend; both are processed through student payroll with options for payments to be deposited into a personal bank account or applied to the student's account.
  5. Award packages can be renewed for up to three years pending satisfactory progress toward completion of the degree requirements and enrollment in consecutive academic terms of full time study.
  6. Appointments are 15 hours per week.


SJB Graduate Assistantships: Dr. Barbara Sutton, [email protected], 320-363-2620
Graduate Admissions: Mary Beth Banken, [email protected], 320-363-2896

The Saint John's Bible

Saint John's Bible illumination.  All rights reserved

Detail from Letter to the Seven Churches with the Heavenly Choir, Donald Jackson, Copyright 2011, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Minnesota USA. Used by permission.  All rights reserved.

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