Monastic Institute

Monasticism: Soul of the New Evangelization

June 28 - July 2, 2015

For many, the New Evangelization is synonymous with deepening faith believing in the Gospel,  and going forth to proclaim the Gospel. Does the monastic life, then, rooted in contemplation and Christian traditions hundreds of years old, have anything to offer this movement? The 30th Annual Monastic Institute will explore this question and answer it with an ecstatic affirmative: monasticism as the very soul of the New Evangelization. The prophetic witness of monastic lives, fashioned in a radically simple and stable pursuit of holiness, offers a vibrant counter-testimony to the increasingly fast and shifting culture of our times.

2015 Presenters:

Monastic Institute 2015

2015 brochure (.pdf) 
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  • Sebastian Gomes
    "The Francis Effect" and "How is the Church to 'Make Belief Believable' in a Culture of Images?"    

  • Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB
    "The New Evangelization--What is it?"; "Implications of Pope Francis' Vision for Monastic Life and the New Evangelization" and "Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations in the Ministry of Pope Francis"

The Monastic Institute is sponsored by Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary in partnership with Saint John's Abbey.  Its goal is to foster reflection and conversation on matters of concern to monastic communities and other intentional communities, both Christian and non-Christian.

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Information about Attending Monastic Institute

The Institute begins Sunday, June 28 with check-in between 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm on the bottom level of Mary Hall. If you arrive early, Sunday Eucharist is celebrated in the Abbey Church at 10:30 am. Our first session will be Sunday evening at 7:30 pm in the Founder's Room. If you are attending the Institute, for just one day, or your accommodations were not made through our registration you can check in and receive your packet at the registration table outside of the Founder's Room.

Flights and Shuttles
If you are flying into the Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) airport, you may take the Executive Express shuttle to St. John's. You can reserve a spot and find their schedule and fares at, your drop off location to select will be St. John's Univ - Abbey Church.

Directions to Mary Hall:
∙ Take I-94 to Saint John's University exit #156, County Road 159
∙ Turn south on County Road 159
∙ Go approximately 1 1/2 miles to Saint John's Abbey & University
∙ Mary Hall is on the right side of the road as you near the Abbey Circle

Housing will be located in Benet Hall. When you arrive on campus, please register on the 1st floor of Mary Hall, by the Summer Events office. Here you will receive your registration packet as well as your room assignment and key. During registration times (3:00pm-8:00pm, we will have somebody there to greet you and help you with luggage if you require help). If you are arriving after 8:00 pm, please let us know.

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P.O. Box 7288
Collegeville, MN 56321

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