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Benedictine Institute of Saint John's

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."


A Monk's Insight on Death
Fr. Mark Thamert

Fr. Mark's Lunch and Learn Video 

Additional Links

Footage from March 6, 2017 with Fr. Mark Thamert

Poems From Lunch and Learn

Dave Delund's Recap of Fr. Mark's Lunch and Learn

Upcoming Events

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Scholarship and Creativity Day:
The Benedictine Values at CSB/SJU

What are the Benedictine Values?

Hidden in Plain View: Artwork at Saint John's That Tells the Story
Martin Connell Lunch and Learn Video

Vision and Values: A Design History of Saint John's
Robin Pierzina, OSB Lunch and Learn Video

Building Community - One Person at a Time
Eric Hollas, OSB Lunch and Learn Video

Is ISIS Islamic?
Noreen Herzfeld, Ph.D. Lunch and Learn Video

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Contact Us

Rodger Narloch, Ph.D.
Director, Benedictine Institute
SJU Q241

Gloria Hardy
Assistant Director, Benedictine Institute