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For 50 years, the Collegeville Institute has been exploring faith, igniting imagination, and renewing community.

Join us this year as we look back at 50 years of scholarship, worship, dialogue, and community in the Benedictine rhythm of work and prayer.

The Collegeville Institute was chartered on the morning of April 29, 1967, in order to “dispel religious ignorance and promote better understanding and harmony” across faith traditions. Our history is woven together the Benedictine heritage of Saint John’s Abbey and University, Saint Benedict’s Monastery, and the worldwide ecumenical movement. Bringing unlikely conversation partners together for dynamic gatherings addressing faith in the modern world is at the center of our story.

To celebrate our 50th Anniversary, we will host a number of special events, feature publications and online articles from our archives, and highlight profiles of persons closely associated with the Collegeville Institute—that great cloud of witnesses who has accompanied us since 1967, and will journey with us into the future. We invite you to share a memory here or on social media using the #CI50 hashtag.

Join us in celebrating the work of a singular institution that has been given the great gift of pursuing its ecumenical mission for 50 years “so that,” as the Rule of St. Benedict counsels with the writer of I Peter, “in all things God may be glorified.”

Architectural drawings of the Collegeville Institute by famed architect Marcel Breuer.
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