Practical Details for Planning to Attend the 2012 AAIF Biennial Conference

Inspired Learning. Inspiring Lives.® 

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University are nationally leading liberal arts colleges whose unique partnership provides students with a highly engaged learning experience, preparing them for leadership in a global society. The student experience is enlivened by the Catholic and the Benedictine Traditions and an extraordinary sense of community.

 

College of Saint Benedict

37 South College Avenue
St. Joseph, Minnesota 56374
(320) 363-5011

 

Saint John’s University

31802 County Road 159
Collegeville, Minnesota 56321
(320) 363-2011

 

link to campus map:

Saint Vincent Court Apartments on the map can be found at #41

http://www.csbsju.edu/about/at-a-glance/sju-campus-map.htm

 

http://virtualtour.csbsju.edu/?DL=SEC_MAP_2008111245966

Visitors come to Saint John’s for a variety of reasons. Some come to make a spiritual retreat for a weekend or several days. Others come just to relax and “get away from it all” for a period of time…

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.

SJU Campus Map http://www.csbsju.edu/About/At-a-Glance/SJU-Campus-Map.htm

# 41 is Saint Vincent Court

#37 is Mary’s Hall where you first go to sign in

#21 is St. John’s Pottery

#31 is the Liturgical Press

#11 is the Hill Museum

#3 is the Abbey Church 

The Saint John’s Arboretum Trail Map: http://www.csbsju.edu/documents/arboretum/land_steward/maps/2011trailmap.pdf Note the location of the Abbey Church, I-94 exit 156, & Hwy 159  to get your orientation using the trail map

 

 Monastic Hospitality

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).                                                   http://www.saintjohnsabbey.org/visitors/

Driving Directions

College of Saint Benedict

From the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport

  • Take MN#5 West to I-494 West.
  • Take I-494 West to I-94 West approximately 25 miles.
  • Take I-94 West to St. Joseph, approximately 57 miles, exit #160, County Road 2.
  • Turn right on County Road 2 St. Joseph.
  • Turn right on College Avenue – 2nd stop sign.

The Main Administration building is approximately two blocks on your right. Parking is available for visitors on the left side of the street in Lot #1. The Admission Office is located in Room 110 of the Main Building.

From St. Cloud

Division Street is the primary thoroughfare in St. Cloud. Most restaurants and hotels are on or near Division Street. For lodging and area information, see our Visitor’s Guide.

  • Take Division Street (County Road 75) west to St. Joseph.
  • Turn left onto College Avenue/County Road 2 (Holiday Station is on right).
  • Go through four-way stop sign.

The Main Administration building is approximately two blocks on your right. Parking is available for visitors on the left side of the street.

From Northern Minnesota (Hwys 371 and 10)

From Hwy 10, take the Hwy 15 exit into St. Cloud.

  • Turn right on Division Street
  • Take Division Street (County Road 75) west to St. Joseph.
  • Turn left onto College Avenue/County Road 2 (Holiday Station is on right).
  • Go through four-way stop sign.

The Main Administration building is approximately two blocks on your right. Parking is available for visitors on the left side of the street.

Saint John’s University

From the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport

  • Take MN#5 West to I-494 West.
  • Take I-494 West to I-94 West approximately 25 miles.
  • Take I-94 West to Saint John’s University exit #156, approximately 60 miles, County Road 159.
  • Turn left on County Road 159.
  • Go approximately 1 1/2 miles to Saint John’s University.

Visitor parking is available to the left and right of the square in front of the Abbey church bell banner. The Great Hall is to the right of the Abbey church bell banner. Saint John’s Information Desk is located inside the Great Hall.

From St. Cloud

Division Street is the primary thoroughfare in St. Cloud. Most restaurants and hotels are on or near Division Street. For lodging and area information, see our Visitor’s Guide.

  • Take Division Street (County Road 75) west through St. Joseph; it will merge with I-94.
  • Take I-94 West to Saint John’s University exit #156, County Road 159.
  • Turn left on County Road 159.
  • Go approximately 1 1/2 miles to Saint John’s University

Visitor parking is available to the left and right of the square in front of the Abbey church bell banner. The Great Hall is to the right of the Abbey church bell banner. Saint John’s Information Desk is located inside of the Great Hall.

From Northern Minnesota (Hwys 371 and 10)

From Hwy 10, take the Hwy 15 exit into St. Cloud.

  • Turn right on Division Street
  • Take Division Street (County Road 75) west through St. Joseph; it will merge with I-94.
  • Take I-94 West to Saint John’s University exit #156, County Road 159.
  • Turn left on County Road 159.
  • Go approximately 1 1/2 miles to Saint John’s University

Visitor parking is available to the left and right of the square in front of the Abbey church bell banner. The Great Hall is to the right of the Abbey church bell banner. Saint John’s Information Desk is located inside of the Great Hall.

AAIF Guests of the College of Saint Benedict and of Saint John’s University will be staying on the “Lower Campus” in the Saint Vincent Court Apartments. http://virtualtour.csbsju.edu/?DL=SEC_MAP_2008111245966

Saint Vincent Court Apartments, built 2006  – Architect: Rafferty, Rafferty, Tollefson 

Vincent Court: General Information:  Each “Vincent” houses two separate apartments designed to accommodate 6 students, one person to a room.  Each apartment has single bedrooms with a desk, bed, closet, and shelf space as well as bathrooms on each floor.  A kitchen and laundry facilities are located on the first floor.  All rooms are carpeted.   Floor Plan of the Vincent Court Apartments Sleeping level link:                                                                 http://www.csbsju.edu/Documents/SJU%20Residential%20Life/halls/pdfs/vincent3.pdf                                                                                     http://www.csbsju.edu/Documents/SJU%20Residential%20Life/halls/pdfs/vincent2.pdf

First Floor Communal Floor Plan at the Vincent Court Apartments:                                                             http://www.csbsju.edu/Documents/SJU%20Residential%20Life/halls/pdfs/vincent1.pdf

 

Rooms are all singles. Three single rooms are to a floor and share a common bathroom; the design is intended to be “family style” for students during the school year.  While there will be refrigerators, stoves and microwave ovens in the apartment – style dormitories, no dish-ware nor utensils are provided. The beds will be made and ready for us upon our arrival. All of the bed-linens will be provided. Conference Fees will be all inclusive and made on a per person basis. Reduced fees per person will apply to children; children under a certain age will be free.

The dormitory housing is air-conditioned. However, many people from the southern states will find the climate to be rather mild. For July 14, the average temperatures have been:

Mean Temperature   70 °F

Max   Temperature   82 °F          In 1936, there was a record high temperature of 105 °F

Min    Temperature   58 °F          In 1987, there was a record low of 46 °F

 

There will be a limited availability of rooms where a second twin bed can be pulled in so that children can share a room with a parent using the second twin bed placed in the same room. Parents of babies and children age three and younger should bring something like a “pack ‘n play” with them because the college dormitory where we will be staying in the Vincent Court Apartments doesn’t have cribs. Reduced rates for daily access, food and housing will be given to children.

Once AAIF members have registered for our 2012 conference, then Saint John’s University Guest Services will begin accepting requests from those people who are registered for the AAIF 2012 Conference  who wish to arrive early and/or stay late on their campus using the list AAIF provides them.

Upon arrival in Collegeville, MN for the 2012 AAIF Conference, AAIF members should go to St. Mary’s Hall, located on the upper campus to sign in. Our meetings will take place at St. Mary’s Hall during the day. Car pooling from the “lower campus” to the “upper campus” and back will be available.

If you plan to fly to Minnesota, the closest airport will be in Minneapolis (MSP) which is approximately one hour and twenty minutes driving time from the airport in Minneapolis to Collegeville, MN. There is an airport shuttle between MSP and St. John’s Abbey. Please contact “Executive Express” at 320-253-2226 to make arrangements for getting between MSP and St. John’s Abbey (St. Mary’s Hall on the Upper Campus”)

Pray With The Monks in the Abbey:

“The indicating of the hour for the Work of God by day and by night  shall devolve upon the Abbot either to give the signal himself or to assign this duty to such a careful brother that everything will take place at the proper hours.”    

Monday – Friday

7:00 a.m. CST Morning Prayer

12:00 p.m. CST Midday Prayer

5:00 p.m. CST Mass

7:00 p.m. CST Evening Prayer

 

Saturday

7:00 a.m. CST Morning Prayer

11:30 a.m. CST Mass

7:00 p.m. CST Vigil of Sunday

 

Sunday

7:00 a.m. CST Morning Prayer

10:30 a.m. CST Mass

5:00 p.m. CST Evening Prayer

 

Abbey and University Church- An Introduction

The Saint John’s Abbey and University Church was designed by the Hungarian architect and former member of the Bauhaus, Marcel Breuer (1902-1981). Mr. Breuer joined Walter Gropius at Harvard in 1937 and worked there as an associate professor until 1946. On his own in New York, Breuer saw a practice that had been essentially residential finally expand into institutional buildings with the UNESCO Headquarters commission in Paris in 1952.

In December 1950, Abbot Baldwin Dworschak, OSB, newly elected sixth abbot of Saint John’s, made a bold and visionary decision resulting in what one art historian has called “a milestone in the evolution of the architecture of the Catholic Church in this country.” He contacted twelve prestigious architects — among them was Marcel Breuer. Abbot Baldwin asked the architects to submit a comprehensive building design for the second century of Saint John’s.

As part of his specifications, Abbot Baldwin required a design for “building a church which will be truly an architectural monument to the service of God.” He explained, “The Benedictine tradition at its best challenges us to think boldly and to cast our ideals in forms which will be valid for centuries to come….”

The monks of Saint John’s Abbey chose Marcel Breuer. On January 28, 1954, he brought the drawings, models and books for the comprehensive 100-year plan before a meeting of the monastic community. Shortly thereafter, it was announced that building an addition to the monastic quarters would begin in the spring of 1954 and a church would follow. Construction of the church lasted from May 19, 1958, to August 24, 1961.

“The Benedictine tradition at its best challenges us to think boldly and to cast our ideals in forms which will be valid for centuries to come…”

 

Meal Times for the 2012 AAIF Conference:

Meal Times:

Breakfast: 7AM   –   8:30AM CST

   

Lunch:    11 AM   –      1 PM CST

 

Dinner:     5 PM   –       7 PM CST

All Meals will be taken on the Upper Campus: Our first meal together will be on Friday, July 13, 2012 for dinner. We will have breakfast, lunch and dinner together on the Upper Campus on July 14, 2012. On Sunday, July 15, of the 2012 AAIF Biennial Conference, we will have breakfast and lunch together before saying our farewells until we gather again in 2014. We will car pool between the Upper and Lower Campuses.

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