the first president of the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University
Friday, September 22, 2023
Inauguration Mass 10 a.m. Sacred Heart Chapel, College of Saint Benedict
Inauguration Ceremony 2 p.m. Abbey and University Church, Saint John's University
The hexagonal honeycomb pattern is a prominent design in the glass windows of both the Sacred Heart Chapel at Saint Ben's and the Abbey and University Church at Saint John’s. It provides a unifying architectural detail in key sacred spaces on our campuses. Saint Benedict’s call to monastic communities and to us today to practice stability and growth is echoed in the natural elements of honeycomb and bees. In stable hives they grow and each lives out their own role. Likewise, we each have our own vital role in community, working together to build a home in this place. We are called to grow in wisdom and knowledge, and to contribute to something bigger than our individual selves. At our best, CSB and SJU are a honeycomb of community. Efficient. Integrated. All-embracing. Strong. Together we flourish.