Saint Raphael Hall
Saint Raphael Hall is an integral part of Saint John's Abbey. It has served the retired members of the Benedictine community since 1976.
It provides 24-hour acute and long-term skilled nursing care for the monks.
The facility can house 28 residents in individual rooms, each with a private bath.
A chapel is located in Saint Raphael's Hall. Midday Prayer is held at 11:15 a.m., before lunch, and Mass is celebrated M-F at 5 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday and feast days Mass is at 11:00 a.m.
Meals are prepared and served to residents and their guests in the Hall's dining room. Other sites on campus are also available outside of the Hall's dining hours.
The majority of the monks' medical needs are met by our on site physician and physician assistant. Other care is provided by a trained staff that consists of RN's, LPN's, CNA's, and students from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University.
Supervised facilities for physical and occupational therapy are also available on site.
Father Prior Tom Andert OSB is entrusted with the general monastic oversight of Saint Raphael Hall. The director is assisted by an advisory committee of the abbey, and several monks, including Abbot John, take turns celebrating Mass in the chapel.
Movies are shown once a week in the lounge area. There is also an exercise program. Wednesday are reserved for fun events, such as Root Beer Float Day, Bingo with fabulous prizes and cookouts. Once a month there is a musical presentation. A wonderful porch facing Lake Sagatagan is located just off the dining room area. All sorts of birds visit the numerous bird feeders which can easily be seen from the dining area. During the summer months hanging flower baskets adorn the porch. One of the brothers has a raised garden in this area.
Saint Raphael Hall is located on the second floor (east wing) of the quadrangle. Directions are available at the information desk in the Great Hall for reaching Saint Raphael Hall by elevator. In 2008 major renovations relocated the service desk, opened a lounge, replaced carpeting in rooms, re-organized the dining area, and re-orderd the chapel.
Visitors, family, and friends are welcomed and encouraged to spend time with the monastic residents of Saint Raphael Hall.
In accord with the Rule of Benedict that the sick be cared for as Christ, Saint Raphael Hall provides residence and medical and spiritual care for monks of Saint John's Abbey who need special attention because of age or ill health.
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