Proposal for Monastic Formation
at the Abbey of St John, Collegeville (USA)
Dom Michael Patella, OSB, Abbey of Collegeville
The great scholar, Dom Leclerq once described the intellectual life of Benedictines as one imbued with ‘the love of learning and the desire for God.’ And that is what monastic women and men find in their studies at Saint John’s.
Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary educates monks and nuns in an environment drawing upon the Benedictine ethos that sees the glorification of God in all things. By following programs involving ministerial preparation and theological education, our graduates have returned to their home communities to take positions in formation, education, doctoral studies, and various forms of ministry, from chaplaincies to priesthood.
Holy Land Program
The Incarnation has sanctified both space and time, and the study of Sacred Scripture in the land where it was written, monasticism in the countries in which it arose, and Christianity in the places which shaped its theology is a vital component to both monastic studies and seminarian formation.
At the conclusion of the spring semester, Saint John’s sponsors instruction in biblical, archaeological, and early Christian sites in Israel, Palestine and either Turkey, Egypt, or Jordan. This program is a requirement for all seminarians and is open to all graduate students and sabbaticants.