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The Gretchen Wenner Butler Student Wellness Fund

The Need Mental health and wellness are key to our students’ overall health and wellbeing. Good mental health is as important as good physical health. Diagnoses of neurodiversity, anxiety, and depression together represent the most diagnosed mental health conditions among school-age children nationally. Those diagnoses become even more prevalent during the teen years. We experience all these […]

Prep Alums Turn Poetry into Action 

Emiliana Cofell ’12 & Rebecca Hare ’11 Find Inspiration in Benedictine Values in Collaboration of Social Justice Publications Emiliana Cofell ’12 met Rebecca Hare ’11 in the halls of Saint John’s Prep in 2009 where they both discovered their love of poetry. Solo contributors to the school’s literary magazine, The Triangle, they didn’t become literary […]

In Memoriam ~ Sylvester Theisen

Sylvester TheisenFather of David Theisen ’74 Dr. Sylvester ‘Sy’ Theisen died peacefully on March 18, 2024, at home in St. Joseph, at the age of 99. Born August 22, 1924, on a farm near Cold Spring, Minnesota, Sylvester (“Sy”) was the eighth of ten children of Math and Catherine (Kinzer) Theisen. After graduating from St. […]

In Memoriam ~ Beckie Ann Schaefer

Rebecca ‘Beckie’ SchaeferMother of Adam Schaefer ’00 Rebecca “Beckie” A. Schaefer, 71, of Litchfield, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, March 23, 2024, at Lakeside Generations Health Care in Dassel. Celebration of Beckie’s life will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, March 29, 2024, at Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Service. Beckie was born […]

In Memoriam~ Patrick J. Scully Sr.

Patrick J. Scully Sr.Father of Michael Scully ’74 Patrick Joseph Scully Sr., a loving husband, father, and grandfather died peacefully at Regina Senior Living on Wednesday morning, April 3, 2024, at the age of 98. Pat was a former longtime Dakota County Commissioner, businessman and friend to many. Patrick, the son of Michael and Mary […]

In Memoriam~ August J. Fischer Jr. ’57

August ‘Augie’ J. Fischer, Jr. ’57 Brother of William A. Fischer ’59 On Thursday, February 15, 2024, August Jacob Fischer Jr., a beloved husband, father/grandfather, and avid golfer, passed away while at sea in the Antarctic Ocean. He was eighty-four. Born in Wall Lake, Iowa in 1939, to August and Maurine Fischer. Augie attended Saint John’s […]

Principal Glomski Receives MINNDEPENT Leadership Award

Dr. Christine Glomski has received the 2024 Leadership Award from MINNDEPENDENT.  With more than 165 school members, MINNDEPENDENT is the largest organization serving private and independent schools in Minnesota. The Leadership Award recognizes the hard work and dedication of principals and school leaders who instill passion in the people they work with, bring innovative ideas […]

In Memoriam – Gregory j. DeWitt ’69

Gregory Joseph DeWitt, age 73, of Stillwater, Minnesota, and Rio Verde, Arizona, passed away on March 25, 2024. He was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on March 15, 1951. Greg prioritized family and friends, never missing an opportunity to celebrate special occasions with loved ones in Rio Verde and Stillwater. He was a mentor to […]

In Memoriam – Nicholas ‘Nic” Michael Wenner ’78

Nicholas ‘Nic’ Michael Wenner ’78Brother of Maureen Wenner ’79, Lucy Jurek ’80, Susan Obbink ’81, and Margaret ‘Maggie’ Wenner ’82 Nicholas M. Wenner, age 64, of Bloomington, MN, went to be with his Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, on March 20, 2024, while surrounded by his loving family at Abbott Northwestern Hospital after a hard-fought battle […]

From Darkness to light: Transitioning from Lent to Easter

The seasons of the church’s liturgical year very often play out as a rhythmic from-to transition. The shift from Lent to Easter is no exception. For 40 days, we experience the quietude of reflection, repentance, and renewal that define the Lenten season, and then via the Triduum abruptly shift to the thunderous celebratory crescendo of Easter and […]

In Memoriam – Marvin Weniger ’57

Marvin Weniger ’57 Father of Marvin J. Weniger, Jr. ’03 and Bonnie Keefe ’02Grandfather of Jacob Weniger ’26 and Jaden Weniger ’26 Marvin Joseph Weniger, 84, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, died on February 28, 2024. Born to John and Neva Weniger, Marvin was raised in Wahpeton, North Dakota. He attended high school at Saint John’s […]