Upcoming events

A Grand Tour of Nations 2019 @ Gorecki Center at the College of Saint Benedict
Apr 27 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Save the Date! Saturday, April 27, 2019

  • 5:30 pm-10:00 pm
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Our destination is Morocco!

Join us for this exciting fundraising event when we celebrate Morocco! This entertaining celebration helps raise money for student programs and scholarships. This is a party for parents, grandparents, alumni/ae and friends to support Saint John’s Prep. The evening will include gourmet hors d’oevre stations, a Moroccan tasting menu, live music and energetic live & silent auctions. This exciting event brings together more than 240 people and raisess over $120,000 for Saint John’s Prep.

How can you help?

A Grand Tour of Nations is our largest and only fundraising event of the year. We need the support of our parents and alumni/ae to pull off this magical night to celebrate our school. Click the links below for details about how you can join the fun!


A Grand Tour of Nations Raffle

Take part in an exciting raffle that could give you the vacation trip of your dreams! The grand prize is a travel voucher valued at $10,000 from Bursch Travel. Saint John’s Prep will pay the taxes for the grand prize winner, so the actual value is $13,333!

We are selling a limited number of tickets – 350 at $100/ticket. To purchase a ticket, call Jill Pauly at 320-363-3112 or visit the main office of Saint John’s Prep. Cash or check only. Ticket issued upon payment. Proceeds benefit Saint John’s Preparatory School.

The winning ticket will be drawn on April 27, 2019 at the A Grand Tour of Nations event. The winner need not be present to win. The prize will be awarded in the form of a travel voucher issued by Bursch Travel, which can be used for alternative travel if desired. Cash prizes will be awarded to the 2nd and 3rd place winning tickets.

Second Prize $2,000
Third Prize $1,000
Fourth Prize $500

Class of 1969 Reunion @ Saint John's Preparatory School
Jun 13 @ 12:00 pm – Jun 16 @ 12:00 pm

Class of 1969 50th Reunion
News and Sign-up Page

The Prep Class of 1969 will celebrate its 50th Anniversary on campus during Reunion Weekend 2019, June 14 – 16, and at a hosted Minneapolis reception the evening of Thursday, June 13.
On Friday Night, June 14 we will join the Monastic Community for Mass at 5:00 p.m, followed by a special celebration dinner and Twin Towers Society induction ceremony with classmates and
faculty. Keynote address will be given by Abbot John Klassen ’67.

To sign up for Reunion Weekend activities June 14-15, including the June 14 celebration dinner and Twin Towers ceremony, follow this link:

Register for Reunion

Thursday evening June 13 Reception:
From 5:30 – 8 PM, light hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and mineral water will be hosted at a reception for classmates and spouses/significant others in a private penthouse/rooftop setting in Downtown Minneapolis. Free parking! Watch for your Email invitation via Evite! If we do not have your email address, or you have questions about this reception, please email or telephone Tom Murtha at tmurtha@umn.edu, or (612) 963-7749.

What would you like our classmates to know about you? Follow this link to fill out a questionnaire for our Class of 1969 50th Reunion Directory and Life Story book.

Survey for Questionnaire

Comments? Questions? Get in touch with one or more of us!

Your Class of 1969 50th Reunion Organizational Team:

Chuck Caturia (612) 839-7793   charles.caturia@cbre.com

Joe Dirksen (651) 260-3831   dirksen.joe@gmail.com

Peter Dwyer (320) 224-8967   pdwyer@litpress.org

Pat Held (214) 395-7948   pcheld@brainerd.net

John Koenig (320) 251-3887   kkoenig14@charter.net

Tom Mahoney (612 ) 810-0083   tjmahoney21@gmail.com

Tom Murtha (612) 963-7749   tmurtha@umn.edu

Henry Padgett (320) 492-6899   bjornesbror@hotmail.com

All School Reunion 2019 @ Saint John's Preparatory School
Jun 14 – Jun 16 all-day

Save the Date! June 14-16, 2019

It’s time to make plans to return to Saint John’s Prep for our All School Reunion 2019. We’re excited to welcome back our alumni/ae and families for this weekend of friendship and fun. Plan to join us June 14-16 in Collegeville.

There are several events listed below and others will be added as we get closer to the event. Please RSVP for meals by June 4. This is very important for our catering partners as we plan our event.

Register for Reunion

Friday, June 14
Individual Class Events (let us know your plans and we’ll share them!)

  • 5:30 Twin Towers Dinner and Social
    SJU Quad 264
    *This will include the induction ceremony for the Class of 1969. Twin Towers members and their guests are welcome to attend this event. After dinner, the room is reserved for the Class of 1969 for an evening of remembrances and celebrations.
    The Twin Towers Club is for all alumni who graduated 50 years ago or longer. If you graduated before 1969 and have not been a part of the ceremony and received your hat, please contact us!
Class of 1969 50th Reunion Webpage

Please register for meals online by June 4. It is very important to register online so our catering partners can best serve you!


Saturday, June 15
These plans are still in the works, let us know if there’s something specific you’d like to do!

  • 9:00 am Nature Walk on Campus
    Meet in School Lobby
  • 10:00 am Coffee Talk
    Weber Center
  • 11:00 am Saint John’s Prep History Lesson with Peggy Roske
    SJP Library
  • 12:00 pm BBQ Lunch
    Weber Center and SJP Lawn
  • Afternoon Activities TBD, and Free time
  • Campus tours including classroom building and Saint Michael Hall
  • 2:00 pm Saint John’s Bible Gallery Tour
    Alcuin Library, Lower Level
  • 4:00 pm Mass
    The lower Chapel of the Saint John’s Abbey Church
  • 5:00 pm Champagne Toast and social
    Weber Center
  • 5:45 pm Dinner
    Weber Center
  • 6:00 pm Party and Entertainment
    Weber Center
    Please register for meals online by June 4. It is very important to register online so our catering partners can best serve you!


Sunday, June 16

  • 10:30 am Mass in the Abbey Church
  • Breakfast is available from 7:00-8:30am in the Refectory. Lunch is available from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Payment can be made with cash or credit card at the door.


Planning Support
We are happy to support individual classes as they plan their own events. Space on campus is limited, but we can direct you to great locations in St. Cloud and Central Minnesota. We’ll also help you spread the word about your event. Please contact Jill Pauly if you are planning a gathering for your class.

We’re proud to offer three recommendations for housing for reunion weekend. A very limited number of rooms are available at the Saint John’s Abbey Guest House, located next to the main Prep building. Call 320-363-2573 for availability.

Saint John’s University Dining and Events has several options available in the SJU residence halls, located on the Collegeville campus. Click here to see rates and room descriptions.

Saint John’s Prep has a room block at the new Residence Inn in Waite Park, MN. This hotel is located near the St. Joseph city limits. Click here to see rates and availability, or call 320-640-0200, make sure to mention you are with the Saint John’s Prep Reunion. The rooms in the room block need to be reserved by May 14, 2019.

Art and Nature Camp @ Saint John's Prep
Jul 15 – Jul 19 all-day

Art and Nature Day Camp
Co-Ed, Ages 9-15

July 15- 19, 2019  

Click here to register

The spectacular Art and Nature Camp is a week-long day camp that takes your child outdoors into the natural beauty of the
Saint John’s Prep campus.

Join us for this great camp for young people. This is a very popular camp, register soon! It will fill up!

Our grounds will serve as inspiration for creating scenic and fun projects. Campers will explore the world of art while exploring some of the 2,700 acres of Saint John’s picturesque woods and lakes. Daily art activities include watercolor painting, drawing, printmaking, papermaking, photography, plaster casting and more!

Besides art projects, other adventures include swimming, canoeing and hiking. This is an action-packed camp filled with fun! Lunch each day at the SJU Refectory is included in the price of this camp.

This camp runs from 8:30 a.m.-4:00p.m. each day.

Camp Director:  Patrick Dwyer, Saint John’s Prep Art Teacher.
Click here to learn more about Mr. Dwyer.