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Oct 1st, 2009

Saint John’s University Presidential Inauguration

The Board of Regents of Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minn.
is pleased to announce the Inauguration of
Father Robert J. Koopmann, OSB        
as the Twelfth President of Saint John’s University        

Thursday, October 1, 2009
2:30 p.m.
Inauguration Ceremony
Saint John’s Abbey Church

Reception follows in Guild Hall        

12 p.m. — Celebration of the Eucharist — Live Broadcast
Bishop John Kinney, presiding
2 p.m. — Inauguration Prelude Music — Live Broadcast
Saint John’s Abbey Church

The Celebration of the Eucharist and Inauguration Ceremony will be
live streamed on the Inauguration Web site.        


Inauguration Image

“Life in Community” from The Saint John’s Bible

Life in Community (Acts 4:32-35)

This image portrays the fellowship and unity of Christians. Forming a semicircle with the Virgin Mary at the center, symbolizing the Church, people of many nationalities are gathered around a common table, with the Holy Scriptures and the Eucharist, elements of Christianity that unite them. In the background, a small chapel on the grounds of Saint John’s Abbey (left) and the Abbey Church (right) indicate the physical nature of the church community: people must be physically present together in order to become a true “church” or assembly. Encircling this scene, the words from Acts describe an ideal Christian community, when in fact the early church was disorganized and argumentative.

The figures of the Virgin Mary, Christ, and the angels resemble traditional representations used in Greek and Russian Orthodox icons.

Life in Community, Aidan Hart in collaboration with Donald Jackson, 2002 The Saint John’s Bible, Order of Saint Benedict, Collegeville, Minnesota. Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, Catholic Edition, 1993, 1998 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


FROM THE ARCHIVES: One Year Ago — October 1, 2008

After the Primary Election: Day 22

One year ago today, on the 22nd day after losing my 2008 primary challenge against U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann in Minnesota’s 6th Congressional District, in line with my focus on national security, I reported on the growing Taliban influence in Pakistan.

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