Category Archives: Tim Backous

Seven Sunday Celebrants (Backous)

According to Father Timothy Backous, “The Basilica is simply one of the best parishes in the United States,” he says. “I cannot tell you how privileged I am to be able to preside and preach in this community. I think … Continue reading

SJU’s Koopmann will serve single term as president

(SC TImes) The Rev. Robert Koopmann will not seek a second term as president of St. John’s University, he announced today.

Backous Not Under Consideration

According to Sister Jeanne Weber, chair of the Mount Marty College Board of Directors, Fr. Timothy Backous from St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota is no longer being considered for the position as the new president of Mount Marty College … Continue reading

Celebrate Positive Choices Month

[Webmaster’s Note: St. John’s Abbey has been under scrutiny for years because its members have done far more to protect the community’s reputation than help victims of misconduct. Fr. Tim Backous explains the thought process that allows this to occur.] … Continue reading

A Way of Life, A Way of Faith

Why on earth would a grown man subject himself to obedience, stability and something called “conversatio morum” unless he was a bit looney? – Tim Backous, OSB

Five Finalists For MMC Post… [Fr. Tim Backous]

Mount Marty College has named the five finalists for its new president, with interviews slated to begin next week. The field, announced Monday, features a Benedictine monk, an attorney, college administrators and a businessman. The finalists, including a former Yankton … Continue reading

Fr. Timothy Backous May Leave Prep School, Scandal

“As a member of the monastic community, Fr. Tim Backous (Headmaster of St. John’s Preparatory School in Collegeville, Minnesota) has been aware of credible allegations of sexual misconduct against Fr. Francisco Schulte for almost two decades. During that time, not … Continue reading

Abbey Monks on the Web

The following monks from St. John’s Abbey have web sites: Fr. Tom Andert Fr. Timothy Backous Br. Dennis Beach Fr. Nickolas Becker Br. Isaac Connolly

Fr. Tim Backous: A Conflict of Interest

“We use the word “community” quite a bit in places like ours but forget its most elemental meaning – caring for each other.” – Blog Entry by Fr. Tim Backous, September 2, 2009

Alleged Sexual Abuse Victim Sues St. John’s Abbey (w/ Video)

(Fox 9) ST. PAUL, Minn. – A man who says he was sexually abused by an instructor at St. John’s Preparatory School in Collegeville is filing a Ramsey County lawsuit against the school, the religious order of monks that runs … Continue reading

Hospitality ala 2010….

Monastic life is often thought of as “counter-cultural” and perhaps this is a radical instance of that. Monks are mysteriously able to tolerate almost anything. – Tim Backous, OSB

the smaller we have grown…

And while the subject is numbers, allow me to share more good news, this time from the monastic side. Last week we clothed four new novices (for those unfamiliar with these terms – those who spend a year in the … Continue reading

A school much like ours…

I am visiting Woodside Priory in Portola Valley, CA, founded by the Benedictine monks from Saint Anslem in New Hampshire and as we are German, they are quite Hungarian. About 50 years ago, their founder staked out a remote area … Continue reading

For coaches at Saint John’s, no pastures greener

“Somewhere on this campus there is always a light on and a door unlocked,” says the Rev. Timothy Backous, who served as athletics director from 2003 to 2006 and now is the headmaster of Saint John’s prep school. “I think … Continue reading

Recent SJP Web Tip

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Message from Father Timothy Backous (re Andert)

Dear Students, Parents, Regents, Alumni and Friends, I have just received information that there will be a news conference this afternoon concerning allegations against one of the members of Saint John’s Abbey who served as Saint John’s Prep Headmaster in … 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

SJU Student Development

Br. Isaac Connolly, dean of students and director of residential life, is on an administrative leave for the 2000-01 academic year. During the year, Br. Isaac will be visiting other college and university residence life programs to study residential learning … Continue reading

SJU Chaplain Taken Hostage (Backous, 1993)

St. John’s University chaplain Timothy “Timo” Backous, OSB, was taken hostage Tuesday night by an unidentified captor.