Benedictine Institute of Saint John's
The mission of the Benedictine Institute is to strengthen and articulate in fresh ways the Catholic and Benedictine character of Saint John's University, promoting a rich, authentic understanding and appreciation of Benedictine life and culture on campus. Full Mission Statement
Current Highlighted Opportunities:
Mark your calendars for Monday, April 4 and Tuesday, April 5 to attend, or have your students attend, one or more presentations regarding a Benedictine Perspective on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice (DEIJ). All presentations will focus on helping “non-experts” understand what it can look like to approach DEIJ issues from a Benedictine point of view. Guest speakers include Nicholas Tangen, Cindy Gonzalez, and Eric LeCompte. Additionally, these speakers are available to attend some classrooms as guest speakers, perhaps especially in Raven and/or CSDS courses. Contact Rodger Narloch to arrange.
We are pleased to share many different opportunities for you to learn about or participate in our institutions' Benedictine nature. Be sure to check the electronic CSB/SJU Bulletin Board and watch for emails from the Benedictine Institute for more details. Also, feel free to e-mail the Benedictine Institute, Rodger Narloch, or Trisa Schaeffer. We look forward to getting to know you and helping us all to grow in our understanding and appreciation for our Benedictine heritage.
Similar to TED Talks, BEN Talks are short educational videos which help viewers gain a better understanding of the Benedictine history and values that shape the culture of our community. Watch and listen to monastic members share the wisdom of The Rule of St. Benedict. Not only will you learn more about monastic life, but you will be prompted to reflect on how this wisdom can apply to your own lives and work.
In order to assist with navigating the video and text resources related to the Benedictine Raven requirement, the Benedictine Institute has compiled this online reference tool. Look here for material to use for your class as part of the Benedictine Raven requirement or for information relevant to our Benedictine heritage.
Looking for ways to integrate a Benedictine perspective into your courses so they can fulfill the Benedictine Raven designation? This panel featured colleagues from many different disciplines who each shared their ideas and answers to faculty questions. This synchronous panel was held virtually in March 2021 with archived videos of both workshops available by clicking the title above.
The purpose of these mini grants is to provide stipend support ($400) for faculty time needed for their professional development in preparation to integrate a Benedictine perspective into one or more of their courses. The goal is to generate a course proposal that would fulfill the Benedictine Raven designation in the Integrations Curriculum.
The Catholic Benedictine Educator Award recognizes creative engagement between the Catholic Benedictine tradition and teaching throughout the curriculum. This award affirms a CSB/SJU faculty member whose exemplary teaching successfully integrates the Catholic Benedictine tradition with courses in their academic discipline and/or the Integrations Curriculum.
Benedictines live a life of regular prayer to create a rhythm in their day. This helps to keep focused on the things that provide meaning, rather than getting caught up in the uncertainty and anxiety in the circumstances around us. To model this practice, the Benedictine Institute invites you to sign up to receive 3 emails per week with inspirational, reflective quotes consistent with a Benedictine way of seeing the world. Register Here!
In addition to programming, the Benedictine Institute has identified a number of other ways to help members of our community to learn about the Catholic Benedictine perspective and explore what it might mean for one's own teaching or work. Please e-mail the Benedictine Institute, Rodger Narloch, or Trisa Schaeffer to take advantage of any of these resources. We look forward to getting to know you and helping us all to grow in our understanding and appreciation for our Benedictine heritage.