In Chapter 53 of the Rule about "The Reception of Guests," Saint Benedict, reminds Christians to receive all guests as they would welcome Him, for Christ Himself will say, as the Bible tells us: "I was a stranger and you welcomed me" (Matt 25:35).
Why Have You Come?
Visitors come to Saint John's for a variety of reasons. Some come to make a spiritual retreat for a weekend or several days (Spiritual Life Program).
Others come just to relax and "get away from it all" for a period of time, possibly a visit that includes a Benedictine Day of Prayer.
Others might want to talk to one of the monks about their spiritual life. Private and confidential spiritual direction sessions are $35 each, or whatever anyone seeking God is able to offer.
Still other visitors come to experience the architecture of the buildings on campus, especially that of the Abbey Church, set among a unique combination of geographic and ecological features.
Regardless of the reason for visiting Saint John's, all guests are invited to pray with the monks and to enjoy the beauty and serenity of the 2,480 acres of prairie, wetlands, forests, and lakes.
Plan overnight or longer stays for you or your group at the Abbey Guesthouse.