The American Benedictine Academy


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2012 and 2011



The American Benedictine Academy is a non-profit association whose purpose is to cultivate, support and transmit the Benedictine 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.

Academy Activities and Publications

The Academy fulfills its goals through the following activities and publications:


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 available online.

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 available.

Adel Sautner OSB
415 S. Crow St.
Pierre, SD 57501-3304
E-mail: <bennii@dakota2k.net>

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 Review.
  • 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 and Culture."
  • 1982. Membership was declared open to anyone who had a serious interest in Benedictinism.
  • 1984. The Academy's Archive was established at the St. 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, 9-12 August 1998.
  • 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."

Academy Membership and Sponsorship

Members of the Academy: Annual Directories and Executive Board

Print and mail your application or apply online.

     Membership renewals are due every year on the first of January.

Permanent address:

American Benedictine Academy
Monastery of St. Benedict
104 Chapel Lane
St. Joseph, MN 56374

Contact Person
for memberships, sponsorships and purchasing publications:

Elizabeth Carrillo OSB
ABA Executive Secretary
4220 Mercier St.
Kansas City, MO 64111-4155
E-mail: <ecarrillo@mountosb.org>

Publications manager : S. Renee Branigan OSB


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