Shrine profile – St. Peregrine Shrine, Collegeville

Pope Francis declared an Extraordinary Year of Mercy beginning Dec. 8, 2015, and ending Nov. 20, 2016. Bishop Donald Kettler has designated places of pilgrimage and shrines within the St. Cloud Diocese for this Holy Year, inviting the faithful to experience grace and reconciliation as they rediscover joy in the mercy of God. A pilgrimage…

Newly ordained live vocation with faith, friendship

By Dianne Towalski The Visitor A year of service in another country can be a life-changing experience for anyone. But for Nickolas Kleespie and Lewis Grobe it had a profound impact on their lives. The experience led them to a religious vocation, and the two were ordained together at St. John’s Abbey and University Church…

Our Lady of Guadalupe

By Kristi Anderson For The Visitor Crowd gathers at St. John’s to dance, sing and pray in honor of the patroness of the Americas Bells, beads, feathers and shells adorned the colorful costumes of Latino dancers who performed for more than 600 people at a Mass honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe Dec. 14 at St….

A place for saints

 The Visitor asked Benedictine Father Michael Kwatera of St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville a few questions about All Saints’ Day, Nov. 1, and All Souls’ Day, Nov. 2. Why do we celebrate All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day? The solemnity of All Saints (Nov. 1) is the liturgy’s fullest expression of our belief in…

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…

St. John’s Abbey responds to sexual abuse lawsuit, says it will seek the truth

May 23, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully St. John’s Abbey will cooperate to seek the truth in regards to the allegations against Benedictine Father Richard Eckroth, according to a statement released by the abbey. Benedictine Father Eckroth is the center of a sexual abuse lawsuit filed May 19 in Stearns County. The complaint alleges Father…

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,…

St. John’s Abbey releases Gregorian Chant Schola CD

The Gregorian Chant Schola of St. John’s Abbey, Collegeville, has released a compact disk recording, “Singing with Mary and the Saints,” through Milan Records. Benedictine Father Anthony Ruff is director of the Gregorian Schola, which has 15 members — monks, and male and female undergraduate and graduate students. This group, including the Abbey vocations director…

Lawsuit alleges abuse by Father Hoefgen, former monk of St. John’s Abbey

Dec. 6, 2013, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Francis Hoefgen, a former priest of St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, is the center of a lawsuit filed Nov. 19 in Dakota County, Minn. The complaint alleges that Hoefgen, while a priest of St. John’s Abbey, sexually abused a boy in 1983. At the time, Hoefgen was assigned…

Two Benedictines to continue on the track to priesthood

Dec. 6, 2013, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville will soon be home to two more deacons. Benedictine Brothers Michael Leonard Hahn, who grew up in Robbinsdale, Minn., and Bradley Jenniges, a native of St. Paul, plan to be ordained deacons 10:30 a.m. Dec. 7 at the Abbey Church. Bishop Donald Kettler…