Abbey helps international monks hone English skills

By Nikki Rajala  St. John’s Abbey hosted its first-ever English as a Second Language Institute for monks from around the world this summer. Benedictine Brother Paul Richards, director of the St. John’s Abbey Benedictine Volunteer Corps who became the ESL program’s director, described how the idea became reality. “We have many monk-students from other countries…

Abbey releases list of offenders

December 20, 2013, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully On Dec. 9, St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville released the names of 18 monks who likely offended minors. The list includes nine monks who are living at St. John’s Abbey under supervised plans: Brothers Michael Bik, Richard Eckroth, Thomas Gillespie, Brennan Maiers, Finian McDonald, Dunstan Moorse, James Phillips,…