Saint John’s Abbey Lectures


Vision and Values: A Design History of Saint John's

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Even before Saint John's Abbey was founded, Abbot Boniface Wimmer expressed a commitment "to have our monasteries [be] nurseries of the fine arts." Since Saint John's humble beginnings in the mid-nineteenth century, the arts have animated and formed the lives, lifestyle, and vision of the monastic community. During this Sunday at the Abbey presentation, through commentary and eye-statements Brother Robin will trace the history of Saint John's through the lens of design and architecture, drawing on the work and stewardship of the Campus Planning and Design Committee.

Br. Robin Pierzina, O.S.B., a graduate of Saint John’s University, professed vows as a Benedictine monk in 1977. For thirty-one years he was an editor at Liturgical Press. Since 2011 he has been the editor of Abbey Banner, magazine of Saint John’s Abbey. He has also served as the chair of Saint John’s Design Committee (now Campus Planning and Design Committee) since 1984.


Sunday at the Abbey