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Saint John's at 150: A Portrait of this Place Called Collegeville, 1856-2006


Saint John's at 150: A Portrait of this Place Called Collegeville, 1856-2006


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"Here, in words and images, is the story of this Benedictine academic and spiritual community. Saint John's at 150 has a foreword by Abbot John Klassen, an afterword by President Dietrich Reinhart, and an introduction by Minnesota historian Annette Atkins, who provides a quick survey of what was going on in the rest of the state and the nation as background for the Saint John's story. Then twelve chapters by various authors - some in the monastery, some on the faculty, some from the rest of the world - present personal essays on topics in Saint John's first 150 years, everything from the missionary lifestyle of the first monks to cameo images of some current college profs in the classroom. Sidebars and special features add thirty more writers to the mix for short pieces that are interesting because of the authors as well as the topics."--BOOK JACKET



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Saint John's University Press


Collegeville, MN


Christianity | Education


Edited by Hilary Thimmesh, OSB.

Contents: Foreword, by John Klassen; Outside the pine curtain, by Annette Atkins; A time to plant and a time to grow, by Hilary Thimmesh; Founding Minnesota Public Radio, by William Kling; A little rule for beginners, by Columba Stewart; "A scientific, educational, and ecclesiastical institution," by Joseph Farry; Ojibwe education at Saint John's and Saint Benedict's Indian Industrial School, by Brenda Child; Founding the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, by Julian G. Plante; "Proudly stands our alma mater, tow'ring o'er the oak and pine," by Larry Haeg; Plowing the fields, scattering good seed upon the earth, by Hilary Thimmesh; Saint John's and the liturgical movement: a personal view, by R. William Franklin; Founding Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research, by Kilian McDonnell; Virgil Michel and the Collegeville community: liturgy and social justice, by Bernard Evans; Nursery of the arts, by Robin Pierzina; Going forth to work till evening falls, by Annette Atkins, Norma Loso Koetter, Zach Lewis; Two Benedictine communities seeking God together, by Jana and Charles Preble; The design and construction of Saint John's Abbey Church, by Victoria Young; For beauty as well as bread: Saint John's and the land, by Derek R. Larson; Afterword, by Dietrich Reinhart; "My funeral," by Kilian McDonnell; "The mind is the great poem of winter," by Eva Hooker; "Crew (St. John's)," by Carl Phillips; Roster of abbots and academic officers.

Saint John's at 150: A Portrait of this Place Called Collegeville, 1856-2006