Saint John's Abbey and University Announce $160 million Capital Campaign

09/27/13

On Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 Saint John's Abbey and University announced their latest and most ambitious capital campaign, Forward Ever Forward. The goal for the campaign, which runs through 2016, is $160 million, of which $135 million has already been committed in gifts, pledges and future expectancies.

The campaign theme - Forward Ever Forward - originates from the inspiring words of Archabbot Boniface Wimmer, OSB, founder of the first Benedictine monastery in the United States: "Forward, always forward, everywhere forward."

"This campaign is all about furthering the pioneering spirit of Saint John's," commented Abbot John Klassen, OSB. "Saint John's is characterized by a long tradition of faith, innovation and excellence that began with the establishment of a Benedictine monastery, seminary, preparatory school and liberal arts college."

Over the years, Saint John's has spawned a number of path-breaking initiatives, including Minnesota Public Radio, the Liturgical Press, the Jay Phillips Center for Jewish Learning, the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, the Saint John's Pottery, the Saint John's Boys' Choir, the Saint John's Arboretum and The Saint John's Bible.

"No institution, especially Saint John's, can afford to be standing still ... or to spend too much time and energy looking backwards," observed Abbot Klassen. "Our goal is to strive forward, always forward."

"Forward Ever Forward is about the future," commented Dr. Michael Hemesath, President of Saint John's University. "It's about a continued faith in Benedictine, residential, liberal arts education."

Forward Ever Forward will support the next generation of innovative programs at Saint John's, such as the FirstGen Scholarship Program, the Benedictine Volunteer Corps, the Saint John's Learning Commons, the Center for Global Education, the Benedictine Institute, athletic facilities, digital manuscript preservation efforts in Turkey and Syria, and theology programs in Christian Community and Parish Life, to name a few.