Br. David joined Saint John’s Abbey in 1980. After completing a MSLS degree in library science in 1987, he was employed in the Alcuin Library at Saint John’s University as librarian and later as archivist.
In July 2006, David was appointed the Director of the Abbey Guesthouse. He was appointed Guestmaster in April 2013. His duties in the Guesthouse include management and administration of the guesthouse facility and reservation systems, coordinating the Guesthouse reception schedule, and assisting with reservations and providing backup oversight.
David also serves as Abbey Archivist and is an abbey organist.
Director of the Spiritual Life Program
Fr. Joseph entered Saint John’s Abbey in 1993. Since his ordination in 1999, he has served as vocation director for the monastic community and in parish ministry at Saint Augustine’s in St. Cloud, Holy Name of Jesus in Medina, and Saint Joseph in St. Joseph.
Joseph joined the staff of the Abbey Spiritual Life Program in November 2012 and was named its director in March 2013. His duties include planning and organizing the program, helping others on private or small-group retreats, meeting with those seeking spiritual direction, and supporting the abbey guesthouse staff with reception and reservation duties. He also serves on the chaplain teams for Saint Benedict’s Monastery, Saint Paul Monastery, and the St. Cloud Correctional Facility. Joseph received his training for spiritual direction and directed retreats at Creighton University.
Groups and Accounts Manager
Br. Isidore joined Saint John’s Abbey in 1996. Throughout his time at Saint John’s, Isidore has made use of his organizational skills in service to the abbey. He has been employed by the Saint John’s Fire Department, Abbey Woodworking, and Abbey Liturgy, to name a few. He is currently chair of the Abbey’s Task Force for Environmental Sustainability.
In 2007 Isidore joined the staff of the Abbey Guesthouse. As Groups Manager, Isidore works with groups coming for overnight retreats and meetings. He juggles rooms, meals, and meeting space so that each group may enjoy the peaceful and prayerful atmosphere of the Abbey Guesthouse. As Accounts Manager, he oversees the day to day finances of the Guesthouse, ensuring we are able to stay open for years to come.