Easter Triduum Retreat

Virtual Tour

Tools of Discernment

Lectio Divina

Monastic Life at Saint John's

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Monastic Plunge!
February 1st
Monastic Plunge!
  • Steeped in the Lenten season, and waiting in hope for His Resurrection. The Easter Triduum Retreat begins Holy Thursday and continues through Easter Sunday.
  • Visit the Abbey Church, enjoy the beauty of the Abbey Gardens, tour a monastic cell and many locations across the Saint John’s campus.
  • Saint John’s Abbey welcomes vocation visitor throughout the year, and encourages visits as one of the best tools for vocation discernment. In addition to visits, Monastic Plunges offer Saint John’s University men an day of prayer, reflection and community life.
  • Benedictine monks practice one of the most ancient prayer traditions in Christianity: lectio divina. More than simply reading Scripture, the slow and deliberate reading of Scripture and the spiritual writings of the Tradition, lectio divina is an intimate encounter with the Word of God.
  • Every Benedictine monastery follows "The Rule of Saint Benedict," however, every monastic community is unique. Discernment to the monastic life also means discernment to a particular monastic community. Here, you can learn about our prayer life, our work, and our religious ministries.

Saint John's Abbey Vocations

"Listen carefully, my son, to the master's instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart." RB Prologue

This website is a resource for men looking for a way to seek God. For 1,500 years, Benedictine monks have followed the teachings of Jesus Christ as rooted in the Rule of Saint Benedict. Please use this site to help you discover who we are, and how you might join us in our common search of God.

Br. Paul-Vincent Niebauer, OSB
Saint John's Abbey Vocations Director

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