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Collegeville in Stearns County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

St. John's Abbey and University

 
 
St. John's Abbey and University Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 13, 2014
1. St. John's Abbey and University Marker
Inscription.

St. John's Abbey was founded in 1856 on the west bank of the Mississippi near St. Cloud and permanently located in the Indianbush, now Collegeville, on the shore of Lake Sagatagan in 1866. St. John's was the first Benedictine abbey in the Upper Midwest, and from the beginning its monks were educators, ministers of the word, and artisans. Their first ministry was among the settlers and Indians throughout Minnesota and North Dakota during the frontier era. Subsequently abbeys and priories were founded in Washington, Saskatchewan, Kentucky, the Bahamas, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Japan.

St. John's University was chartered by the territorial legislature of Minnesota on March 6, 1857. The campus is also the site of St. John's Preparatory School, the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research, the Liturgical Press, and the Monastic Manuscript Microfilm Library. Several campus buildings, including the renowned Abbey Church, were designed by architect Marcel Breuer.
 
Erected 1974 by Minnesota Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 45° 35.231′ N, 94° 23.706′ W. Marker is in Collegeville, Minnesota, in
St. John's Abbey and University Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 13, 2014
2. St. John's Abbey and University Marker
Looking south toward the campus
Stearns County. Marker is on St. John's Road (State Highway 159) one mile south of Interstate 94, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is near the entrance to the St. John's Abbey and University campus. Marker is in this post office area: Collegeville MN 56321, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Saint John's Abbey and University (approx. half a mile away); St. John's Abbey and University Old Church and Quadrangle (approx. half a mile away); St. Walburg Hall (approx. 4 miles away); Charles Lindbergh’s Minnesota Roots (approx. 4.1 miles away); Quarry Derrick (approx. 8.2 miles away); Fata Morgana (approx. 8.2 miles away); Assumption Chapel (AKA Grasshopper Chapel) (approx. 9.1 miles away); Luxemburg (approx. 11.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Collegeville.
 
Also see . . .
1. St. John's Abbey, Collegeville MN. (Submitted on October 19, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. College of St. Benedict and St. John's University. (Submitted on October 19, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 218 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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