Can you believe that soon it will be 50 YEARS since we marked the milestone of our graduation from Saint John’s Prep? A group of us from the Class of 1968 are planning our 50th Reunion. This is the BIG ONE: whether you graduated or not, we want all members of the Class of ’68, and your spouses or significant others, to attend the weekend of June 15-17, 2018 at Saint John’s Prep.
Please put these dates on your calendar. We will have an on-campus “hospitality room” for us to hang out and reminisce with each other. The big event is the induction of our class into the Twin Towers Club on Friday June 15, 2018. This is a fun dinner and late night filled with memories and tall tales. There’s an open mic, so be prepared to stay up late and share your stories.
Saturday is filled with fun activities, everything from a nature walk to the Chapel and tours of the Pottery Studio, the new Saint John’s Bible Gallery and Br. Dietrich Reinhart Learning Commons to a painting/wine tasting class and yoga on the beach. The evening includes mass and a casual dinner at Br. Willie’s Pub. We hope you will plan to stay both Friday and Saturday night.
We recall various events that happened 50 years ago including the Vietnam War, the music of the Doors, Stones, Beatles, etc., the introduction of “muscle cars”, Mr. Twomey’s Mustang, the first Super Bowl, the space race and the Civil Rights movement (Bobby and Martin were both taken from us within a couple months before graduation). Oh, and mail call, night prayers, nickel candy bars, a noisy dorm, walking a mile to the refectory, and the smell of new concrete everywhere. We might especially remember our own friends and successes in sports, tournaments, performances, as well as in other activities.
These all may remind us of our days at the Prep School and have touched a nostalgic chord. This has moved us to promote the reunion to get as many of you as possible to attend so we can once again enjoy each other’s company on campus. We hope you can make it! We had record-breaking turnouts for number 40 and 45; let’s break those records!
On-campus housing at the Abbey Guesthouse, a recently built facility overlooking Lake Sagatagan, will be available for a nominal fee, as will rooms in campus apartments. Please try to reserve your room as soon as possible. The deadline for reserving on-campus housing is May 15, 2018. Guesthouse rooms go particularly fast.
We have several great places reserved for our alumni/ae.
Rates for the Guesthouse are Suite $120/night, Double $95/night, Single $70/night (all rates include breakfast). www.abbeyguesthouse.org Reserve your room by contacting email@example.com or by calling (320) 363-2573. It is very important that you indicate “Prep School Reunion” when you reserve your room.
Attendees of past reunions often wished they had more time to learn of the lives of their classmates. What did you do after graduation? We want to know! Please accept this invitation to share information about your life, family and career. This survey is an opportunity for those who attend the reunion, as well as for those who do not attend, to learn more about each other’s lives following Prep School. Answer or skip questions as you see fit. Responses will be compiled into an electronic yearbook and distributed prior to Reunion Weekend. Please include a digital photo of yourself as well as your email address. Deadline for response is May 5, 2018. Whether you plan to attend the reunion or not – we hope to hear from you. You may access the survey here.
You can expect another letter from us after the first of the year with details about Reunion activities and the names of classmates planning to attend. Make sure to check out the Class of ’68 Facebook page “SJP Class of ’68, Collegeville, MN”. Become a “Member” to post and view other posts.
See you in June!
The Class of ’68 Reunion Committee,
Atkins, Jordan, Rebehn, Twidwell, Vandrovec, Verstraete and Wacek and more, weekly – chairladies without peer!