The Saint John's Abbey
Vocation Guides

To aid in the vocation discernment process, Saint John's Abbey offers the assistance of Vocation Guides.

Similar to Spiritual Directors, Vocation Guides listen to the story of your spiritual journey so far; reflecting with you on your religious experiences, your hopes for the future, and the challenges you face in your faith and discernment. A Vocation Guide introduces you to the monastic life and spirituality, ensures that you are aware of relevant retreats and spiritual development opportunities, and may recommend exploring particular discernment paths. 

Questions surrounding vocations discernment are numerous. What does it mean to be a monk, a priest, married, or to commit to a single life? What is the spiritual discipline of a monk, a priest, or of the laity? How does your vocation relate to the Church and the community? What does the modern world except from monks, priests, married men, or single men representing the Catholic faith? Unlike a Spiritual Director, a Vocation Guide focuses on vocation discernment in particular, and your work with a Vocation Guide is much shorter and more focused than the long relationship you form with a Spiritual Director who walks with you for a short time, or through your entire spiritual path.

We recommend that you select a Vocation Guide that will fit your personality and spiritual needs. Like your Spiritual Director, you should feel comfortable with him and trust your Vocation Guide with the story of your relationship with God. Some look for Vocation Guides who will challenge them intellectually, or provide them with new spiritual resources; others seek a Guide who has similar interests and experiences; still, others would rather have a Vocation Guide selected for them. Any way you decide, you are always free to request a different Vocation Guide if you feel that you are not progressing with your current Guide.

 

Below you will find a snapshot introduction of each of our Vocation Guides. To learn more, please identify in the Discernment Request Form the Vocation Guides with whom you may be interested in discerning your vocation

 

BR. PAUL-VINCENT NIEBAUER, OSB Saint John's Abbey Vocation Team Leader; Director of Marketing & Communications; Saint John's Preparatory Theatre Director B.A. Theatre and Secondary Education University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1976; MA Directing, Chicago School of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, 2002

BR. PAUL-VINCENT NIEBAUER, OSB
Saint John's Abbey Vocation Team Leader; Director of Marketing & Communications; Saint John's Preparatory Theatre Director

B.A. Theatre and Secondary Education University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1976; MA Directing, Chicago School of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, 2002

BR. EFRAIN ROSADO, OSB Theology Teacher, John’s Preparatory School; Latino ministries in central Minnesota B.A. Civil Engineering, 1992; M.A. Monastic Studies, Saint John's University School of Theology and Seminary; M.Div Saint John's University School of Theology and Seminary

BR. EFRAIN ROSADO, OSB
Theology Teacher, John’s Preparatory School; Latino ministries in central Minnesota

B.A. Civil Engineering, 1992; M.A. Monastic Studies, Saint John's University School of Theology and Seminary; M.Div Saint John's University School of Theology and Seminary

FR. MICHAEL PATELLA, OSB Professor of Theology; Rector, Saint John's Seminary; Director of Study Abroad Programs B.A. Iona College, 1977; M.A. Boston College, 1981; M.Div., Saint John's University, 1989; S.S.L., Pontifical Biblical Institute, 1993, S.S.D., École biblique et archéologique française de Jérusalem, Israel, 1995

FR. MICHAEL PATELLA, OSB
Professor of Theology; Rector, Saint John's Seminary; Director of Study Abroad Programs

B.A. Iona College, 1977; M.A. Boston College, 1981; M.Div., Saint John's University, 1989; S.S.L., Pontifical Biblical Institute, 1993, S.S.D., École biblique et archéologique française de Jérusalem, Israel, 1995

 
FR. COLUMBA STEWART, OSB Executive Director of Hill Museum and Manuscript Library; University Vice-President for Programs in Religion and Culture; Professor of Theology, Saint John's University A.B. Harvard College, 1979; M.A. Yale University, 1981; Saint John's University School of Theology and Seminary, 1882; D.Phil. University of Oxford, 1989; Dominican Studium, Oxford, 1988-89

FR. COLUMBA STEWART, OSB
Executive Director of Hill Museum and Manuscript Library; University Vice-President for Programs in Religion and Culture; Professor of Theology, Saint John's University

A.B. Harvard College, 1979; M.A. Yale University, 1981; Saint John's University School of Theology and Seminary, 1882; D.Phil. University of Oxford, 1989; Dominican Studium, Oxford, 1988-89

FR. MICHAEL PETERSON, OSB Saint John's Abbey Oblate Director; Sacramental Chaplain for College of Saint Benedict Campus Ministry; Board Chairman of the Monastic Interreligious Dialogue University of Minnesota; M.A. Monastic Studies, Saint John's University School of Theology and Seminary, 2006

FR. MICHAEL PETERSON, OSB
Saint John's Abbey Oblate Director; Sacramental Chaplain for College of Saint Benedict Campus Ministry; Board Chairman of the Monastic Interreligious Dialogue

University of Minnesota; M.A. Monastic Studies, Saint John's University School of Theology and Seminary, 2006

FR. LEW GROBE, OSB Saint John's Abbey Woodworking; Beekeeper; Candle Maker B.A. German and the Humanities, Saint John's University in 2006; M.Div. Saint John's University School of Theology and Seminary, 2015

FR. LEW GROBE, OSB
Saint John's Abbey Woodworking; Beekeeper; Candle Maker

B.A. German and the Humanities, Saint John's University in 2006; M.Div. Saint John's University School of Theology and Seminary, 2015

 
FR. BOB KOOPMANN, OSB Professor of music at Saint John's University and the College of Saint Benedict; Performs throughout the United States and abroad; President of Saint John's University from 2009-2012. B.A. Saint John's University, 1968; M.Div. Saint John's University; M.M. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; D.M.A. University of Iowa; Post-doctoral study with faculty of the Royal Academy of Music in London, and the Juilliard School of Music in New York City

FR. BOB KOOPMANN, OSB
Professor of music at Saint John's University and the College of Saint Benedict; Performs throughout the United States and abroad; President of Saint John's University from 2009-2012.

B.A. Saint John's University, 1968; M.Div. Saint John's University; M.M. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; D.M.A. University of Iowa; Post-doctoral study with faculty of the Royal Academy of Music in London, and the Juilliard School of Music in New York City

FR. ERIC HOLLAS, OSB Deputy to the President for Advancement in the Office of Institutional Advancement, Saint John's University; Faculty Saint John's University; Member of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre and chaplain in the Western Association of the Order of Malta B.A. History, Princeton, 1971; M.Div. Saint John's University School of Theology and Seminary; Ph.D. Medieval Studies, Yale University.  

FR. ERIC HOLLAS, OSB
Deputy to the President for Advancement in the Office of Institutional Advancement, Saint John's University; Faculty Saint John's University; Member of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre and chaplain in the Western Association of the Order of Malta

B.A. History, Princeton, 1971; M.Div. Saint John's University School of Theology and Seminary; Ph.D. Medieval Studies, Yale University.  

FR. DOUG MULLIN, OSB Vice President for Student Development, Saint John's University; Associate Professor of Education at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University B.A. Elementary Education, Saint John's University; M.Div,Saint John's University School of Theology and Seminary; M.A. School Administration, University of St. Thomas; Ph.D. Educational Leadership, University of Minnesota

FR. DOUG MULLIN, OSB
Vice President for Student Development, Saint John's University; Associate Professor of Education at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University

B.A. Elementary Education, Saint John's University; M.Div,Saint John's University School of Theology and Seminary; M.A. School Administration, University of St. Thomas; Ph.D. Educational Leadership, University of Minnesota

 
BR. SIMON-HOA PHAN, OSB Assistant Professor of Art, Video Production, Saint John's University B.F.A. Maryland Institute College of Art; M.F.A. California Institute of the Arts

BR. SIMON-HOA PHAN, OSB
Assistant Professor of Art, Video Production, Saint John's University

B.F.A. Maryland Institute College of Art; M.F.A. California Institute of the Arts

BR. DAVID PAUL LANGE, OSB Saint John's Abbey Sub-prior; Associate Professor of Art, Saint John's University; Director of the Benedictine Institute, Saint John's University B.A. Saint Olaf College; M.F.A. Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

BR. DAVID PAUL LANGE, OSB
Saint John's Abbey Sub-prior; Associate Professor of Art, Saint John's University; Director of the Benedictine Institute, Saint John's University

B.A. Saint Olaf College; M.F.A. Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

BR. PAUL RICHARDS, OSB Director of the Benedictine Volunteer Corps; Former Director of the Saint John's Boys Choir B.A. Music and Education, Saint John's University, 1978; MA Choral Conducting, The University of Iowa, 1988

BR. PAUL RICHARDS, OSB
Director of the Benedictine Volunteer Corps; Former Director of the Saint John's Boys Choir

B.A. Music and Education, Saint John's University, 1978; MA Choral Conducting, The University of Iowa, 1988