The Benedictine Volunteer Corps

Prayer, Service, and Community Living Worldwide to Transform Lives

Saint John's Abbey
Collegeville, Minnesota

We, the monks of Saint John’s Abbey, a community of Catholic Benedictine men, seek God through a common life of prayer, study, and work giving witness to Christ and the Gospel, in service to the church and the world.

The monks of Saint John's currently serve 12 parishes in communities surrounding the monastery. Monks also serve as chaplains in hospitals and retirement centers in the area, as well as Minneapolis and San Bernardino, California. Additionally, monks offer ministry of word and sacrament as requested to women's religious communities, a local prison, the county jail, to other parishes in need of Sunday celebrants, and to a Hispanic community in North Minneapolis.

Benedictine Volunteers who serve at Saint John’s Abbey may be assigned to any of the works of the community that happen on campus. Typically volunteers have been assigned to Saint John’s Preparatory School, Abbey Woodworking, and clerical work for the Benedictine Volunteer Corps, maintenance and grounds.

Those Who Have Served

2007-2008: Paul Walters                                              

2008-2009: Joe Wiechman

2010-2011: Manny McDonald and Corey Friend

2011-2012: Nick Alonzi

2012-2013: Tom Connelly

2013-2014: Matthew Palmquist

015-2016: Francesc Gomis Domènech