All Class Reunion 2019

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.

(Please note that events are subject to change)

Friday, June 21, 2019

8:30 - 9:15 AM Alum College: SOT Presentation by Barbara Sutton Emmaus Hall, SJU
10:30 - 11:15 AM Alum College: SOT Presentation by Amie Schumacher '15 Emmaus Hall, SJU
1:30 - 2:15 PM Alum College: SOT Presentation by Becky Van Ness Emmaus Hall, SJU
3:15 - 4:00 PM Alum College: SOT Presentation by Tim Ternes, Director Saint John's Bible Emmaus Hall, SJU
5:00 - 6:00 PM * Recent Alumni Happy Hour Emmaus Hall, SJU
6:00 - 8:00 PM * Alumni Award Banquet
(Keynote Speaker: Amie Schumacher '15)
Emmaus Hall, SJU

Saturday, June 22, 2019

8:30 - 9:45 AM * Convivium: Prayer and Brunch  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 23, 2019

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  Sacred Heart Chapel, CSB 
& Abbey Church, SJU

Event Details

Alum College SOT Presentation

Friday, June 21 st | 8:30 - 9:15 AM | Emmaus Hall, SJU

Head back to the classroom and relive the intellectual experiences that make Saint John's memorable with Barbara Sutton

Sustaining a Healthy Vineyard: Towards a New Story

Dr. Barbara Sutton has been exploring how best to equip pastoral leaders in addressing the emotional toll of ministry that is sometimes expressed simply as burnout. Her recent research on ministerial burnout surfaced an interesting finding. Compared to other human service professionals, lay ecclesial ministers tend to experience far less burnout with their work. And yet, local and national research sheds light on the work yet to be done for advancing a thriving ministerial workplace. What does weigh heavy upon them are factors creating an unhealthy work environment. This loss of shared vision for community and ministry will be explored while offering a way forward to create workplace cultures where the mission, vision, and values are clearly articulated, and every pastoral leader is empowered and enabled to leverage their strengths.

Dr. Barbara Sutton directs the Field Education and Ministerial Formation program for the School of Theology and Seminary, focusing attention on what the ministerial student is learning in the practice of ministry, and peer opportunities for students to theologically reflect on those practices and learning. Barbara brings a lens to teaching and formation through the lifecycle of the minister, family of origin, use of power and authority, leadership, community, tradition, and scripture. Her experience in parish ministry, diocesan ministry, and chaplaincy serve as a context for ministerial preparation. At the SOT/Sem, Barbara has worked with curriculum development of The Saint John’s Bible , Lifelong Learning and Economic Challenges Facing Future Church Ministers. She also teaches and researches in the areas of Ministerial Formation, Practical Theology, Leadership Development, and Visio Divina.

Alum College SOT Presentation

Friday, June 21 st | 10:30 - 11:15 AM | Emmaus Hall, SJU

Head back to the classroom and relive the intellectual experiences that make Saint John's memorable with Amie Schumacher '15

Glimpses of Hope in Traumatic Times

“What we do to survive is often different from what we may need to do in order to live.”
- Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.
Finding stable ground in the midst of trauma and its aftermath is a challenging process. One thing is certain: we can’t do this alone, and that’s good news! Please join this presentation and discussion surrounding the impact of trauma in our families and churches, and how, as a community, we can find a way forward.

Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary alumnae Amie Schumacher is a leading proponent and educator within the Adverse Childhood Experience network. Recently named a 2019 Bush Fellowship recipient, she has been a leader of this movement locally and across the state for several years. Amie became a chaplain for the St. Cloud Hospital in 2011 and completed her Master of Divinity program in 2015. She is also featured in a public television series entitled Whole People, aired locally in January 2019, and which is specifically related to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). She continues to present information regarding the ACEs Study to organizations and people in our communities and plans to us the Bush Fellowship award to obtain a doctorate from Boston University while making connections around issues related to substance or physical abuse and childhood trauma.

Alum College SOT Presentation

Friday, June 21 st | 1:30 - 2:15 PM | Emmaus Hall, SJU

Head back to the classroom and relive the intellectual experiences that make Saint John's memorable with Becky Van Ness

Discernment as Theological Emotional Intelligence

The Christian tradition of discernment of spirits (inner movements) began with the desert tradition, continued with St. Benedict and was given modern expression by St. Ignatius. We will look at the specific ways this tradition finds secular echoes in what is called “emotional intelligence".

Becky Van Ness is an oblate of Saint Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, Minnesota. She taught high school for many years, completed the Internship in spiritual direction at Saint Benedict’s Spirituality Center, went on to earn a Master’s degree in Christian Spirituality at Creighton University with a certificate in spiritual direction, and since June 2013 is the director of Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction at Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary. She participates in Monastic Interreligious Dialogue (MID) between Buddhists and Benedictines. She presented at the Gethsemani IV encounter held in Kentucky, May 2015.

Alum College SOT Presentation

Friday, June 21 st | 3:15 - 4:00 PM | Alcuin Library, SJU (170 Auditorium)

Saint John's Bible Gallery Presentation

The Saint John's Bible Gallery, which officially opened on October 6 th 2017, is a place to acknowledge the work that Donald Jackson and his team spent years creating. Tim Ternes, Director Saint John's Bible, will give a short history on the 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 open if anyone is interested in looking around the gallery to witness it firsthand.

Tim Ternes, MA is Director of Programming at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML), as well as Director of its Saint John’s Bible project. An expert on the Bible, Tim is deeply knowledge regarding it's creation, themes and hidden nuances. He gives lectures and presentations both locally and across the nation.

Recent Alumni Happy Hour (graduates since 1999)

Friday, June 21 st | 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 Sister Mary Anthony Wagner Award

Friday, June 21 st | 6:00 - 8:00 PM | Emmaus Hall, SJU

Celebrate this year's Alumni Award Banquet with keynote speaker  Amie Schumacher '15, as we honor award recipient Dr.  Nancy Dallavalle for her work throufh Fairfield University and other influential organizations furthering dialogue regarding women's impact on Catholic thought. Additional $20 fee at registration.

Convivium: Prayer and Brunch

Saturday, June 22 nd | 8:30 - 9:45 AM | Emmaus Hall, SJU

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

Picnic Lunch

Saturday, June 22 nd | 12:00 - 1:30 PM | Tundra, SJU

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

Cemetery Tour

Saturday, June 22 nd | 2:00 - 2:45 PM | Abbey Cemetery, SJU

Saint John's Abbey Cemetery Tour with Josie Stang - 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.”

Josie Stang is in charge of the Saint John’s Cemetery for the monastic community, for alumni and friends, and for the parish cemetery section. She began this work in 2007 when the addition of the alumni/faculty/friends section of the cemetery was created. Prior to this work, she was Associate Director of Admissions/Financial Aid at Saint John’s Preparatory School for 11 years.

SOT Class Reunion Dinner with Cash Bar

Saturday, June 22 nd | 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 23 rd
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 Dining 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.


Sunday, June 23 rd | 10:30 AM | Abbey Church, SJU & Sacred Heart Chapel, CSB

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