A Declining Monk Population

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Abbey's Monk Population in DeclineThere is no doubt that the sexual abuse scandal has had an effect on the monk population at St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota.  The scandal, the coverup and the sexually charged environment within the monastery caused good men to leave, while predators and their enablers remain. At least three former monks said that being pursued by another monk contributed to their decision to leave the abbey.

Approximate Current Members: 141*

Average Age: 67.5 years old
Oldest: Fr. George Wolf (92.05 years old)
Youngest: Br. Daniel Morgan (29.61 years)

* As of May, 2010

There is no doubt that the sexual abuse scandal has had an effect on the monk population at St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota.  At least three former monks said that being pursued by another monk contributed to their decision to leave the abbey. The scandal, the coverup and the sexually charged environment within the monastery no doubt caused good men to leave, while predators and their enablers remain.   Very few men at the monastery are not compromised.

The Declining Monk Population at St. John’s Abbey – Collegeville, MN

Approximate Current Members: 141*
Average Age: 67.5 years old
Oldest: Fr. George Wolf (92.05 years old)
Youngest: Br. Daniel Morgan (29.61 years)

* As of May, 2010


Abbey's Monk Population in Decline


Database of 717 Names Includes:

1. Date of Birth
2. Full Name
3. Hometown
4. Profession Date
5. Professed Name
6. Age at Profession
7. Ordination Date (if applicable)
8. Age at Ordination
9. Date of Death (if applicable)


Slides Include:

1. Declining Monk Population (1950-2009)
2. Average Age of Monk Population (By Decade)
3. Approximate Age of Monk Population (2009)
4. Profession Dates of New Monks (1950-2008)
5. Average Age of New Monks (1950-2008)
6. Home State and Country of Monk Population (1950-2008)
7. Ordinations (1950-2008)


Since 1982, approximately 72 men entered the monastery.

7 left after 1 year in the monastery
6 left after 2 years
6 left after 3 years
3 left after 4 years
1 left after 6 years
2 left after 7 years
1 left after 8 years
8 left after 10 years

35 remained in 2009


Average Age by Decade

Average Age by Decade

Average Age by Decade

Average Age by Decade

Average Age by Decade

Average Age by Decade

Originally posted on May 7, 2010
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Topics: Abbey Statistics, Daniel Morgan, George Wolf

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