Benedictine Day of Prayer

The Benedictine Day of Prayer is a time and space set apart for spiritual renewal. We welcome men and women of all faiths who want to come and pray with us. Participants are asked to bring their Bibles.

The Program

The day begins at 6:45 a.m. when a monk will meet you in the back of the abbey church and welcome you to Morning Prayer with the monastic community. Just park near the church and come inside. After breakfast and check-in, one of the monks gives a spiritual conference, followed by lectio divina, a prayer experience using a text from Scripture. The retreat day ends at 3:30 p.m.

The fee for the day is $50 and includes programming, breakfast, lunch, refreshments, and materials. Pay in advance or on the day of the program. Make checks payable to “Saint John’s Abbey.” Gift certificates are available.

Extending the Day

Participants agree that Morning Prayer is the perfect beginning of a Benedictine Day of Prayer. In terms of travel, some people prefer to drive from as far away as the Twin Cities in time for prayer at 7:00 a.m. Others prefer to come the evening before and stay at the Abbey Guesthouse. To reserve a room, indicate this on the reservation form, contact the Spiritual Life Program by e-mail, or phone 320-363-3929.

At the conclusion of the Benedictine Day of Prayer, you may choose to stay through the afternoon and evening, visiting campus sites like the Art Center, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, the Liturgical Press, the SJU Bookstore, the Arboretum and woods, and more. You can also join the monks for Eucharist at 5:00 p.m. and Evening Prayer at 7:00 p.m.

Meals in addition to Friday breakfast and lunch may be purchased in the Guesthouse dining room. You may also extend your spiritual experience into the weekend with an individual retreat, private or directed. Just tell us when you register.


Register for the Benedictine Day of Prayer by e-mail or phone. Specify the date you choose, and include name, postal address, and phone number(s) for each participant. You can also register online by submitting the Abbey Retreats Registration Form.