All Class Reunion 2018

Save the DateCome Back, Reconnect and Relive! 

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We ask that all guests on campus register for Reunion in order to ensure proper staffing.  
All  * events require additional costs.

(Keynote Speaker: Laura Kelly Fanucci '09)

(Please note that events are subject to change)

Friday, June 22, 2018

8:30 - 9:15 AM Alum College: SOT Presentation by Bernie Evans '71 Emmaus Hall, SJU
10:30 - 11:15 AM Alum College: SOT Presentation by Laura Fanucci '09 Emmaus Hall, SJU
1:30 - 2:15 PM Alum College: SOT Presentation by Shawn & Krisin Colberg Emmaus Hall, SJU
3:00 - 3:45 AM Alum College: SOT Presentation - Bible Gallery Presentation Alcuin Library, SJU
5:00 - 6:00 PM *Recent Alumni Happy Hour Emmaus Hall, SJU
6:00 - 8:00 PM *Alumni Award Banquet: Ezekiel, Prophet of Hope
(Keynote Speaker: Laura Kelly Fanucci '09)
Emmaus Hall, SJU

Saturday, June 23, 2018

8:30 - 9:45 AM *Convivium: Prayer and Brunch with NCYC Emmaus Hall, SJU
12:00 - 1:30 PM *Picnic Lunch Tundra, SJU
2:00 - 2:45 PM Alum College: Cemetery Tour Abbey Cemetery, SJU
5:30 - 7:00 PM *SOT Class Reunion Dinner with Cash Bar Tundra, SJU

Sunday, June 24, 2018

7:00 - 10:00 AM *Breakfast at the Refectory Refectory, SJU
8:00 - 10:00 AM *Breakfast at Gorecki Gorecki Dining Center, CSB
10:30 AM   Mass 
(National Catholic Youth Choir performance prior to Mass at 10:00 AM at Abbey Church, SJU)
Sacred Heart Chapel, CSB 
& Abbey Church, SJU

Event Details

Alum College SOT Presentation

Friday, June 22nd | 8:30 - 9:15 AM | Emmaus Hall, SJU

Head back to the classroom and relive the intellectual experiences that makes Saint John's memorable with Bernie Evans '71

Signs of Hope in a Hurting World
In a world where so much seems to be going wrong, we need contemporary models on how to move forward in hope and faith. These signs of hope are often found among our SOT alums.

Bernie Evans served on the School of Theology and Seminary and CSB/SJU faculty for 35 years. He held the Virgil Michael Ecumenical Chair for Rural Social Ministries from 1981 until his retirement. Now, he works part time for the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research, directing the Rural Minnesota Fellows Program. Bernie and his wife, Nancy, reside in St. Joseph.

Alum College SOT Presentation

Friday, June 22nd | 10:30 - 11:15 AM | Emmaus Hall, SJU

Head back to the classroom and relive the intellectual experiences that makes Saint John's memorable with Laura Fanucci '09:

This Messy Grace: A Spirituality of Parenting in Daily Life
Simple practices for deepening our spiritual journey as parents and raising our children in faith.

Laura Kelly Fanucci is a writer and the director of the Communities of Calling Initiative, housed at the Collgeville Institute at Saint John's University. She earned her Master of Divinity from Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary and her BA from the University of Notre Dame. She writes about faith and family life at Mothering Spirit: She and her husband, Franco, live in St. Michael, Minnesota, with their children.

Alum College SOT Presentation

Friday, June 22nd | 1:30 - 2:15 PM | Emmaus Hall, SJU

Head back to the classroom and relive the intellectual experiences that makes Saint John's memorable with Professors Shawn and Kristin Colberg:

Thinking about the Reformation 500 Years Later – Where are we Today?
October 31, 2017 marked the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther publishing his Ninety-Five Theses and the beginnings of the Lutheran Reformation. Please join us for a reflection on the significance of Luther's teaching as well as early Catholic Responses to Luther. We will then turn to the contemporary question of Christian unity raised by Vatican Council II and pursued in ecumenical dialogues between Lutherans and Catholics over the last 50 years. Our time will culminate in conversation with alums about their own experiences and hopes for ecumenism.

Shawn and Kristin Colberg are Associate Professors of Theology at Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary as well as Saint John’s University and the College of Saint Benedict. Both received their doctorates at the University of Notre Dame and have authored several articles in journals such as The Heythrop Journal, Horizons, Missiology, Nova et Vetera, Zeitschrift für Neuere Theologiegeschichte, Archa Verbi, and Modern Theology. Kristin has authored the book Vatican I and Vatican II: Councils in the Living Tradition and edited the volume The Theology of Walter Kasper; she is also a member and lead writer of the official Reformed-Catholic dialogue in the United States. Shawn has a forthcoming book The Wayfarer's End: Reward in the Theology of Thomas Aquinas and Bonaventure, and has recently been nominated to serve on an international ecumenical dialogue team through the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity. Shawn and Kristin live in Saint Joseph, MN with their daughters Mary Clare (11) and Catherine (9).

Alum College SOT Presentation

Friday, June 22nd | 3:00 - 3:45 PM | Alcuin Library, SJU (170 Auditorium)

Saint John's Bible Gallery Presentation

The Saint John’s Bible Gallery, which officially opened on October 6 2017, is a place to acknowledge the work that Donald Jackson and his team spent years creating. Fr. Michael Patella will give a short history on illuminated Bibles and how the Saint John's Bible developed. He will also discuss the influence The Saint John's Bible has today on both biblical interpretation and art. Following the presentation, the Saint John's Bible Gallery will be open if anyone interested in looking around the gallery to witness it firsthand.

A Benedictine monk of Saint John’s Abbey, Fr. Michael Patella is a professor of New Testament and teaches in both the Undergraduate Theology Department and the Graduate School of Theology at Saint John's University, where he serves as seminary rector and the director of the graduate school’s Holy Land Studies Program. He earned his License in Sacred Scripture from Rome’s Pontifical Biblical Institute and his Doctorate in Sacred Scripture from the École biblique et archéologique française in Jerusalem. He has published in the areas of Luke, Mark, Paul, angels and demons, art and theology, and is currently writing on the Gospel of Luke for the Newly Revised Jerome Biblical Commentary.

Recent Alumni Happy Hour (graduates since 1998)

Friday, June 22nd | 5:00 - 6:00 PM | Emmaus Hall, SJU

Join us for a social gathering before the banquet. A great opportunity to engage with faculty, friends, and meet other alumni. Additional $5 fee at registration.

Alumni Award Banquet: The Ezekiel, Prophet of Hope Award

Friday, June 22nd | 6:00 - 8:00 PM | Emmaus Hall, SJU

Celebrate this year's Alumni Award Banquet with keynote speaker Laura Fanucci, as we honor award recipient Charles (Chuck) Ceronsky '73 for his work through St. Mary's Hospital chaplaincy ministry and ecumenical collaboration. Additional $20 fee at registration.

Convivium: Prayer and Brunch with the National Catholic Youth Choir (NCYC)

Saturday, June 23rd | 8:30 - 9:45 AM | Emmaus Hall, SJU

Enjoying another's company, praying and dining together in community. Additional $5 fee at registration.

National Catholic Youth Choir (NCYC) is our liturgically-based choir camp for Catholic youth. Choristers ages 14-18 are selected from across the country to take part in 9-days of choir camp and concert tours. The group was founded by Father Anthony Ruff and Axel Theimer and is conducted by Andre Heywood. Please join us at St. John's Abbey on Sunday, June 24 at 10 am for an NCYC mini concert before Mass. Sit back and enjoy the talented voices of NCYC 2018!

Picnic Lunch

Saturday, June 23rd | 12:00 - 1:30 PM | Tundra, SJU

Share a meal with friends, laughter and music. Additional $15 fee at registration.

Cemetery Tour

Saturday, June 23rd | 2:00 - 2:45 PM | Abbey Cemetery, SJU

Saint John's Abbey Cemetery Tour with Br. Eric Pohlman, OSB - meet outside the southwest entrance (by the blue bench) to Emmaus Hall and we'll walk over together.

Since 1876 the deceased monks of Saint John’s Abbey and deceased parishioners of the Collegeville parish have found a resting place “high above the Sagatagan” on our cemetery hill, oriented towards the rising sun. A 2007 expansion provides for other Saint John’s alumni and friends who have chosen to await the final coming with them. This tour will highlight the graves of some unique personalities, monastic and lay, whose presence contributed to Saint John’s distinctive “sense of place.”

Br. Eric Pohlman is a native of Ohio, where he earned bachelor’s degrees from the University of Dayton and from Ohio State. A monk of Saint John’s Abbey since 2010, he is currently a driver for the campus fire department, a faculty resident in Tommy Hall, and more recently appointed the abbot’s secretary.

SOT Class Reunion Dinner with Cash Bar

Saturday, June 23rd | 5:30 - 7:00 PM | Tundra, SJU

Reminisce with classmates, create new memories, and cheer to years of friendship. Additional $20 fee at registration.

Sunday Breakfast

Sunday, June 24th
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM | Gorecki Dining Center, CSB ($11 fee at the door)
7:00 AM - 10:00 AM | Refectory, SJU ($9 fee at the door)

Join fellow alumni for Breakfast at the Gorecki Dinning Center or Saint John's Refectory. To see what's on the menu, please visit CSB's dining webpage or SJU's dining webpage.  Tickets can be purchased at the door.

National Catholic Your Chior Concert mini performance

Sunday June 24th | 10:00 AM | Abbey Church, SJU

Listen to a sampling of the 2018 NCYC Choir's performance prepared special for their 2018 tour. Then stick around and join the community for Mass at the Abbey Church.


Sunday June 24th | 10:30 AM | Abbey Church, SJU & Sacred Heart Chapel, CSB

Join the monastic community for Mass at the Sacred Heart Chapel or Abbey Church.