Fr. Jonathan Licari, OSB


Father Jonathan Licari, OSB grew up in Biwabik, Minnesota and was ordained in the Diocese of Duluth in 1976. Fr. Licari professed his first vows as a Benedictine monk at Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville, MN in 1982. He received his Ph.D. in canon law at Saint Paul University in Ottawa in 1988.
Fr. Licari has spent his career working as a parish priest, serving in as an administrator for Saint John’s Abbey, and teaching as an assistant professor of canon law and theology at Saint John’s University.

Below is a note from Fr. Jonathan about the students of Saint John’s Prep:

Dear Guest,

We are a Catholic school created in the Benedictine tradition, and our community is a welcome home to people of many faiths. Our students from Central Minnesota have an international experience every day with their classmates. Together, our students are exposed to new ideas and perspectives from all over the world. It’s very clear that no matter what their backgrounds are or where they grew up, they are all brought together through their friendships and sense of community.

Seeing our students together each day gives me hope for our world. I know the similarities these outstanding young people share today will give them a lifelong compassion for people of all faiths and cultures. These young people inspire me and give me hope for world peace.

I invite you to visit Saint John’s Prep and spend time with our diverse student body- and welcome you to be a part of our community.


Fr. Jonathan Licari, OSB