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.
- 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.
- Participation in daily monastic Eucharist and Liturgy of the Hours is encouraged, though not required.
- Access to the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University Libraries, Saint Benedict's Monastery Archives and the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library at Saint John's University is available.
- Visiting Scholars are welcome to attend cultural and artistic events at Saint Benedict's and Saint John's that are open to the public. They may purchase tickets to events in the regular subscription arts series.
- Scholars have access to the College of Saint Benedict's Haehn Center—track, fitness rooms, swimming pool (hours during the summer and vacation periods may vary from those of the regular school year).
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.
For more information about the Visiting Scholars Program, contact
S. Ann Marie Biermaier, OSB, EdD
Director of Studium
fax: (320) 363-7173