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

Upcoming Events

Lunch and Learn
St. John's Abbey Church:
The Creation of a Modern Sacred Space
Victoria Young 
Thursday December 4, Founders Room
3-4 Abbey Church Tour

In the 1950s the brethren at the Benedictine Abbey of Saint John the Baptist in Collegeville, Minnesota- the largest Benedictine Abbey in the world-decided to expand their campus, including building a new church. From a who's who of architectural stars, the Benedictines chose a former member of the Bauhaus, Marcel Breuer. This untested religious designer produced a work of modern sculptural concrete architecture that reenvisioned what a church could be and set a worldwide standard of midcentury religious design.

Victoria's Lunch and Learn



Vatican II and Ecumenism Series, Part IV
Thursday March 19, 2015
3:30-4:45 Bar Jonah, Abbey Chapter House
5:00 Evening Prayer, Abbey
5:30 Wine and Cheese Social, Great Hall
6:00 Diner, Great Hall
7:30 Keynote Speaker Harry Attridge



Recent Events


Vatican Council

Vatican II + Ecumenism
Wednesday October 22
Keynote Lecture: Longing for Communion
Speaker: Elizabeth Groppe, PhD.





Notker Wolf

Abbot Primate Notker Wolf
Thursday April 3rd
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.



Bishop Dennis MaddenBishop Denis Madden
Chair, USCCB Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs
Second Vatican II Document:
Unitatis Redintegratio
March 27, 7:30 pm, Pellegrene Auditorium SJU




Massimo Faggioli Massimo Faggioli
First Vatican II Document: Sacrosanctum Concilium
December 4, 2013
The first event in the Vatican Council II and Ecumenism Conference Series

Direct link to the SOT page




Vince MichaelSlide show and Discussion
with Vince Michael
Vince will present images from his book,
The Architecture of Barry Byrne:
Taking the Prairie School to Europe,
Barry Byrne, like Marcel Breuer, was one of the architects
invited to create a master plan for
Saint John's and the Abbey Church.
November 20 -- 3:30 p.m. -- in Quad 241





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

Monday, November 18
11:30 - 12:30, Quad 264
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


May 19, 2014
Depart from Minneapolis to Rome

May 21
San Benedetto - Mass and tour
Vatican Museum - Guided tour
Mass at St. Peter's
Group discussion
May 23
Sacro Speco - Guided tour
Santa Scholastica Abbey - Guided tour
Group discussion and lectio divina
Overnight at Santa Scholastica

May 25
Free day

May 27
Van to Eichstätt
Tour of church and cryp

May 29
Free day

May 20
Sant' Anselmo - Lunch and tour
Reflection / goal sharing

May 22
Ancient Rome - Guided tour
Scavi - Guided tour
Group discussion

May 24
Monte Cassino - Guided tour
Return to Rome
Pot luck and group discussion

May 26
Flight from Rome to Munich
Monastery in Metten - Lunch and tour
Van to Munich
Group discussion

May 28
Meeting with Mother Franziska
City tour

May 30
Return flights to Minneapolis




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?
Thursday, March 20th
4 to 5 pm in Quad 264

Gerald's Video

Ephrem Hollermann
History of Saint Walburg Abbey, Eichstätt, Germany
Feb. 5, 2014
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