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Stop Press!

Congratulations to Michael Maurer, a recent Studium Scholar, who has received an award for his first novel, Perfume River Nights.


STUDIUM, a Scholars' Program

Studium, a program of Saint Benedict's Monastery, combines three key elements of Benedictine life:

  • the love of learning,
  • the desire for God, and
  • the commitment to beauty.

Studium places special emphasis on the love of learning, honoring scholarship as a sacred ministry.

You are at the point where

  • the project (book, essay, poem, composition, whatever) is ready to begin or
  • the project is underway and you’re stuck or
  • the project is almost done

But you can’t get started or unstuck or finished because you need some time away from daily distractions in a place where thinking and writing are nurtured and supported and you can start today where you left off yesterday and where other people are working, too, and will stay out of your way if you need them to but are available for conversation if that’s what you want

Or maybe you’re on a roll, and the project is coming along splendidly (lucky you!) . . .

Whether you’re at the beginning, in the middle, or approaching the end of your project, and whether it’s a slog or a snap, Studium may be just what you need—for a stay of anywhere from a week to four months.

Studium applicants' projects and personal style need to be in keeping with Benedictine cultural and social commitments (the boundaries are wide!)—awareness of God, community, prayer and work, listening, hospitality, stewardship and peace. Applicants should state why they believe Studium is an appropriate venue for their work. They must also be willing to share the fruit of their work at regular monthly Studium meetings.

Accommodations

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  • Each Resident Visiting Scholar is provided an apartment which has a kitchenette, living room, bedroom and bathroom. Linens are provided.
  • Each Visiting Scholar, whether Resident or Day, has a spacious office and access to a copy machine, fax machine and typewriter in a central room. Charges for copying and faxing are nominal.
  • Scholars are asked to bring their own computer. The computer can be connected to the Internet via the CSBSJU network, one of the most up-to-date and sophisticated anywhere in the U.S. Printers are available for your use. Scholars are asked to pay for the paper provided.
  • Each apartment and office has a private phone. Scholars are asked to use phone cards for their long-distance calls.
  • Usually the noon and evening meals are taken in the monastery dining room.
  • Laundry facilities are available.

Opportunities

Criteria

Studium applicants' projects and personal style need to be in keeping with Benedictine cultural and social commitments (the boundaries are wide!)--awareness of God, community, prayer and work, listening, hospitality, stewardship and peace. Applicants should state why they believe Studium is an appropriate venue for their work. They must also be willing to share the fruit of their work at a regular monthly Studium meeting.

FoAnn Marie Biermaier.jpgr more information about the Visiting Scholars Program, contact

S. Ann Marie Biermaier, OSB, EdD
Director of Studium
(320) 363-7172
fax: (320) 363-7173
abiermaier@csbsju.edu