Father Kilian’s Platinum Jubilee The Founder of the Collegeville Institute Celebrates 70 Years of Monastic LifeSeptember 30, 2016 By Collegeville Institute Leave a Comment The Saint John’s Abbey monastic community honored Father Kilian McDonnell, O.S.B., on the occasion of his platinum (70) jubilee on the feast day of Saint Benedict, July 11, 2016. Fr. Kilian, who became a monk in 1945, is a noted scholar, author, and teacher, as well as the founder of the Collegeville Institute in 1967. In his long career, Fr. Kilian has not only pioneered ecumenical dialogue and scholarship, but also published six books of poetry. Like this post? Subscribe to have new posts sent to you by email the same day they are posted.