St. John’s moving forward with $160M capital drive

Categories: Around the Diocese

Oct. 25, 2013, edition

St. John’s Abbey and University recently announced a capital campaign, “Forward Ever Forward,” with a $160 million goal. The campaign will run through 2016, with $108 million already committed in gifts and pledges.

“This campaign is all about furthering the pioneering spirit of St. John’s,” Benedictine Abbot John Klassen said.

“St. John’s is characterized by a long tradition of faith, innovation and excellence that began with the establishment of a Benedictine monastery, seminary, preparatory school and liberal arts college.”

Over the years, St. John’s has developed several initiatives including Minnesota Public Radio, Liturgical Press, Jay Phillips Center for Jewish Learning, Hill Museum and Manuscript Library, St. John’s Pottery, St. John’s Boys’ Choir, St. John’s Arboretum and The Saint John’s Bible.

“No institution, especially St. John’s, can afford to be standing still . . . or to spend too much time and energy looking backwards,” Abbot Klassen stated. “Our goal is to strive forward, always forward.”

“’Forward Ever Forward’ is about the future,” said Michael Hemesath, president of SJU. “It’s about a continued faith in Benedictine, residential, liberal arts education.”

The campaign proceeds will support the next generation of innovative programs at SJU, such as the FirstGen Scholarship Program, Benedictine Volunteer Corps, St. John’s Learning Commons, Center for Global Education, Benedictine Institute, athletic facilities, digital manuscript preservation efforts in Turkey and Syria and theology programs in Christian community and parish life, as well as other endeavors.