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

Saint John's Abbey and University

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., October 13, 2014
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Inscription.

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.

Consistent with Benedictine tradition, Saint John's is committed to the fine arts and craftsmanship in using local materials. Much of the woodwork and furniture in residence halls, classrooms and offices
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By William Fischer, Jr., October 13, 2014
2. Saint John's Abbey and University Marker
is built from lumber harvested from Saint John's woodland and crafted in the Abbey's Woodworking Shop.

The teachers, learners, and skilled laborers who worship and work together here value these buildings and grounds and are committed to responsible stewardship.
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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.
 
Location. 45° 34.813′ N, 94° 23.569′ W. Marker is in Collegeville, Minnesota, in Stearns County. Touch for map. 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. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2850 Abbey Plaza, 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. 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
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away); St. Walburg Hall (approx. 3.7 miles away); Charles Lindbergh’s Minnesota Roots (approx. 4.4 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); Luxemburg (approx. 11.3 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.)
 
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Saint John's Abbey Churches image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 13, 2014
4. Saint John's Abbey Churches
New at left and old at right distance
Saint John's Abbey and University Campus Map on Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 13, 2014
5. Saint John's Abbey and University Campus Map on Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 21, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 261 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 21, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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