Men of Integrity – Men of Mercy

At the 19th annual Catholic Men’s Conference Feb. 13, Father Larry Richards challenged 600 men to be “men of integrity” and “men of mercy.” During a wide ranging two-part presentation at the Humphrey Auditorium at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Father Richards said a commitment to prayer is essential to being a follower of Christ….

Pope Francis receives final volume of The Saint John’s Bible

The final volume of the limited, full-sized fine art edition of The Saint John’s Bible was presented to Pope Francis April 17 by the Papal Foundation and St. John’s University in Collegeville. As Pope Francis saw the illumination portraying the heavenly Jerusalem, he raised his hands motioning in praise, blessing and thanksgiving, according to a…

Opening the door to tradition

College group organizes Las Posadas celebration, seeks other opportunities to support Latinos and engage the wider community By Kristi Anderson For The Visitor Jocelyn Alcala loves to celebrate her Mexican heritage. Though she was born in Utah, her parents were born in Mexico and she grew up observing Hispanic traditions. Many of them, like Las…

Christmas truce illustrates humanity’s longing for peace

100 years ago, soldiers reached across lines to experience sacred gift of connection By Nikki Rajala The Visitor On Christmas Eve 100 years ago, a miracle happened — the Christmas Truce of 1914, which spontaneously broke out during World War I in many places along miles of trench lines across France and Belgium. Weary soldiers…

Youth urged to share faith, love God and neighbor

What defines success?” musician John Angotti asked the approximately 500 youth gathered in a gym at St. John’s University in Collegeville. “Is success defined by what’s in your bank account, or is success defined by how you love?” Society’s answer too often is that money is more important people, that you have to act a…

Doctor D’s career adds up to half a century

Infinite love of math and teaching multiplied joy for SJU professor and thousands of students May 23, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully After some 50 years of teaching mathematics for St. John’s University in Collegeville, Robert Dumonceaux ended his last class May 9 with a prayer. “I give you thanks almighty God for all thy…

Minnesotans help rescuers of massive collection of ancient Islamic texts

Benedictine’s Hill Museum and Manuscript Library electronically preserving treasures from Timbuktu March 14, 2014, edition By Nikki Rajala Photos courtesy of Hill Museum and Manuscript Library, Collegeville In action movies, heroes risk great peril in mysterious locales — like the deserts of Timbuktu — and fight deadly enemies to rescue treasure. Though the combatants persist,…

CSB student receives national award for local peacemaking initiative

Nov. 22, 2013, edition By Danielle Liebl For The Visitor On Oct. 6, I awaited the email of actresses America Ferrera and Rashida Jones, announcing the inaugural Peace First Prize winners. However, once I received it, I was in shock and disbelief — my name was among the 10 winners. Each of us who won…

Senior High Youth Rally

“Amazing Grace’ resonates through activities at Senior High Youth Rally More than 460 people, youth and chaperones, celebrated their Catholic faith at the 25th annual Senior High Youth Rally, “S.W.A.G.: Saved With Amazing Grace,” Oct. 27 at St. John’s University in Collegeville. Among the rally highlights were the presentation of two youth ministry awards. The…

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

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….