Collegeville in Stearns County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Saint John's Abbey and University
Saint John's Abbey was founded in 1856 on the west bank of the Mississippi river in St. Cloud and was permanently located in the Indianbush, now Collegeville, on the shore of Lake Sagatagan in 1866 as the first Benedictine monastery in the Upper Midwest. From the beginning its monks were educators, missionaries, pastors and artisans. Their first ministry was among the settlers and Native Americans 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.
Saint John's University, chartered by the territorial legislature of Minnesota on March 6, 1857, includes the College of Arts and Sciences, Seminary, and the Graduate School of Theology. The campus is also the site of Saint John's Preparatory School, The Liturgical Press, the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research, KSJR-FM (founding station of Minnesota Public Radio), KNSR-FM, and the Hill Monastic Manuscript Library. Several campus buildings, including the renowned Abbey Church, were designed by architect Marcel Breuer.
The teachers, learners, and skilled laborers who worship and work together here value these buildings and grounds and are committed to responsible stewardship.
All guests who present themselves are to be received as Christ, for he himself will say: I was a stranger and you welcomed me (Matt 25:35). Proper honor must be shown to all, especially to those who share our faith (Gal 6:10) and to pilgrims.
Rule of Saint Benedict 53:1-2
Erected by Saint John's Abbey and University.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Communications • Education.
Location. 45° 34.813′ N, 94° 23.569′ W. Marker is in Collegeville, Minnesota, in Stearns County. Marker is between the old and new Abbey Churches, at the south end of Abbey Road, on the St. John's Abbey and University campus. Touch for map. Marker is Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. John's Abbey and University Old Church and Quadrangle (within shouting distance of this marker); St. John's Abbey and University (approx. half a mile away); St. Walburg Hall (approx. 3.7 miles away); Charles Lindbergh’s Minnesota Roots (approx. 4.4 miles away); The Benedictines in Minnesota (approx. 4.7 miles away); Quarry Derrick (approx. 7.9 miles away); Fata Morgana (approx. 7.9 miles away); Assumption Chapel (AKA Grasshopper Chapel) (approx. 8.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Collegeville.
Also see . . .
1. College of St. Benedict and St. John's University. (Submitted on October 21, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Saint John's Abbey. (Submitted on October 21, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 21, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 392 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 21, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.