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  • Congregation of St John

    The Congregation of Saint John (CSJ) is a religious community founded in 1975 by a French Dominican priest, Fr. Marie-Dominique Philippe. The Congregation’s motherhouse is in Burgundy, France, with 63 priories throughout the world, 550 Brothers (many of whom are priests), 400 Sisters (in two branches: Contemplative and Apostolic), and around 2, 500 lay Oblates. All members seek to live their vocation through a life of silent prayer, a search for truth primarily through philosophical and theological studies, and in brotherly communion.

    In 2000, the Congregation opened an English speaking Novitiate in Princeville, Illinois, where Brothers receive their first formation in religious life before going to France to continue their studies. In 2006, the Congregation began to build a Spiritual Center in Princeville. It consists of a Conference Centre and a Guesthouse, which are at the service of the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois, and other dioceses as well. We hope to break ground for the Guesthouse in the near future, God willing! Also, in August 2006, a new foundation began in the Newark, New Jersey diocese, and in 2008, our Apostolic Sisters founded a priory in the Newark diocese.

    At the Princeville priory, home of the Saint John Summer Conference, the Brothers are engaged in many different apostolic works including running retreats, giving talks on philosophy, theology and spirituality to a variety of groups, and a great range of activities for youth and young adults.

    For further information and insight into the Congregation of Saint John check out their website: www.communityofstjohn.com.

    You can also click on the links found on the right hand side bar of any page of this website to visit other CSJ events as well as activities for young people.