The American Benedictine Academy is a non-profit
association whose purpose is to cultivate, support and transmit the
heritage within contemporary culture. The Academy sponsors and promotes
disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research, writing and collaboration
among its members. It serves as a catalyst inviting men and women to
ponder creatively and to discuss the challenges to Benedictine values
in the twenty-first century.
The Academy fulfills its goals through the following activities and
- A biennial convention focuses on a theme relevant to
the Benedictine heritage. These conventions, which are held at monastic
institutions around the country, are open to any interested persons.
- 2012 - "Seek Peace and Pursue It: Monasticism in the Midst of Global Upheaval," St. Scholastica Monastery, Duluth, MN, August 5-8.
- 2010 - "Benedictines and Evangelization," St. Benedict's Abbey / Benedictine College, Atchison, KS, August 5-8.
- 2008 -
Monastic Spirituality: Expanding Merton's Vision, Sacred Heart Monastery, Mount Marty College, Yankton, SD, August 7-10.
- 2006 -
Family: Matrix, Model,
University, Lisle, IL, August 10-13.
- 2004 -
Monastic Culture: Revitalizing
Mind and Spirit, St. Benedict's Monastery, St. Joseph, MN
- 2002 -
and Mentoring: Refounding the Tradition, University of Mary, Bismarck, ND
- 2000 - The Good News of Monastic Life, Saint Meinrad Archabbey.
- Hospitality: Prism for the 21st Century, St. Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, PA
- Three ABA Sections facilitate communication during and
between conventions among members who have common interests. These
are Visual Arts,
Monastic Research, and Archives.
- The Monastic Studies Grant, awarded annually, provides
financial support for monastic learning and research projects. Information
and application forms are available from the Executive Secretary.
The Junior Essay Competition promotes scholarly research
among monastics in formation. The program encourages and rewards the use
of local monastic archives and personal memoirs by recognition of achievement,
membership in the Academy for two years, and the waiver of registration
and hospitality fees for the biennial convention. Details of the
are announced in the June and October issues of
American Monastic Newsletter before a convention is held in
the subsequent year.
- Benedictine Studies Sessions are sponsored by the Academy
at the annual
Congress on Medieval Studies at
Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. lnterested persons may apply to
the academy to participate.
- The Board of Directors
of the Academy, elected by the membership, continues to search
for ways to fulfill the purpose of the Academy and eagerly listens for
input from the members and sponsors.
- The ABA Website provides
information about the Academy, hosts the
Monastic Newsletter, and provides links to relevant Web resources.
The American Monastic Newsletter
(AMN), published several times a year, carries information, announcements,
reports, book reviews, articles by guest columnists and other items of monastic
interest. Issues of AMN since October 1996 are accessible online.
The Monastic Researchers' Newsletter, edited by S. Ephrem Hollermann OSB, began publication in PDF format, October 2009.
It is sponsored by the Monastic Researchers' Section of the American Benedictine Academy.
The papers presented at ABA conventions
since 2002 are
Pre-Convention 2000 Papers: The Good
News of Monastic Life: Reading the Signs of the Times
(various authors; all are online).
The cost of printed Proceedings is $10 to Academy members
and $15 to non-members. These can be ordered from the ABA secretary
at the following address. Check first to see if printed copies are
Adel Sautner OSB
415 S. Crow St.
Pierre, SD 57501-3304
Checks should be made to "The American Benedictine Academy"
and should accompany the order. The price includes the postage.
History of the American Benedictine Academy
- 1947. The Academy grew out of the National Benedictine Educational
Association and was
initiated by the American-Cassinese Congregation
of monks, 30 December 1947.
- 1948. First meeting of the board of the Academy at St. Meinrad,
Indiana. First sectional meetings.
- 1950. The Academy began publication of the American Benedictine
- 1972. The governing structure of the Academy was simplified. The
sectional structure of the Academy was replaced by a single grouping.
- 1975. The American
Benedictine Review was separately incorporated.
- 1978. The focus of meetings shifted to "Benedictine Heritage
- 1982. Membership was declared open to anyone who had a serious interest
- 1984. The Academy's Archive was established at the
Benedict's Monastery, St. Joseph, Minnesota 56374, legal address of the
Academy as a not-for-profit corporation.
- 1995. The ABA website was launched on 2
December 1995 and re-designed in 2013.
- 1998. The Academy observed its fiftieth anniversary at its biennial
convention at St. Vincent's Archabbey,
- 2000. First pre-convention Web Workshop at St. Meinrad's Archabbey,
8-13 August 2000.
- 2004. First CD publication of ABA Convention 2002 Proceedings: "Mentors and Mentoring: Refounding the Tradition."
Membership renewals are due every year
on the first of January.
American Benedictine Academy
Monastery of St. Benedict
104 Chapel Lane
St. Joseph, MN 56374
for memberships, sponsorships and purchasing publications:
Elizabeth Carrillo OSB
ABA Executive Secretary
4220 Mercier St.
Publications manager :
S. Renee Branigan OSB
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