Category Archives: Simeon Thole

The List

The List: 94 Credibly Accused Tracking the Public Lists Since the 1930s, fifty-six (56) monks and twelve (12) other members of the Saint John’s community have been credibly accused of sexual abuse and/or other misconduct. Another twenty-six (26) men with strong ties to … Continue reading

The Lost Book: Behind the Pine Curtain

And there in the dark, the sea of loneliness, isolation, and alienation that had been damned up for years broke upon him, and he tossed and panted and cried and nearly drowned in sorrow. Was there no friend? Was there … Continue reading

Saint John’s Abbey Senior Council Members (2003)

Below is the most recent list of the Saint John’s Abbey Senior Council members. The council’s role is similar to that of a board of directors to a corporation. Fr. Tom Andert: Born 1947 in Saint Paul, entered the monastery … Continue reading

Force of Habit

The bells have been ringing for thirty minutes, but it is the sound of a cane rattling through the empty, cavernous church that suggests prayer. It is held by an old man, his stooped body covered in the flowing black … Continue reading