The Legacy Dinner
Celebrating our Founding and our Supporters
Saturday, November 14, 2015


The Legacy Dinner is Saint John's Preparatory School's annual celebration of its founding on November 10, 1857. Five Prep School-age students were the first to be enrolled in the new Benedictine school on the western banks of the Mississippi River just south of what would later become St. Cloud.

The next Legacy Dinner is scheduled for November 14, 2015.

Today, Saint John's Preparatory School celebrates its 159th year of inspiring students to great achievements and self-understanding by involving them in a premiere liberal arts curriculum focused on Academic Rigor and Spiritual Growth within a Benedictine Environment.

The Legacy Dinner celebrates and thanks our supporters and honors those who have made a special impact on the life of the school. Each year the Alumni Association presents the Armor of Light Award, to individuals who have demonstrated dedication and continued service to their faith, community, and Saint John's Prep. The Headmaster occasionally presents the Lumen Gentium award to those who are truly deserving. Click here to nominate somone for the Armor of Light Award.

2015 Armor of Light Recipient
Jerry Streeter '52 


Saint John's Preparatory School is proud to name Jerry Streeter '52 as the 2015 recipient of the Armor of Light Award. Jerry's nominators say. "Throughout his adult life, Jerry has lived the values of love, courage and integrity, giving witness daily to the Benedictine values he learned at Saint John’s Preparatory School."

Jerry has lovingly lead an unwavering advocacy to locate Col. David Hrdlicka
‘50 who was shot down in 1965 during the Vietnam War. Jerry is also a devoted
supporter of Saint John’s Prep and its people. Whether its a presentation to students
or a speech to alumni/ae, he is the first to volunteer and serve our community. 

We look forward to celebrating with Jerry and his wife of 60 years, Kathi, their family at the Legacy Dinner. 

Armor of Light Recipients

Henry '69 and Mary Ann Padgett
Joe ’66 and Mary Bauer
+Alver (posthumous) and Jean Leighton 
Mike Percuoco
+Fr. Nick Doub, OSB, posthumous
Brian '68 and Deb Thuringer
Pete Cheeley
+Fr. Jim Tingerthal '52, posthumous
Joseph Spano '52
Dan '64 and Linda Marrin
Donn Thurk '56
Abbot John B. Klassen, OSB '67
Lori Pfannenstein
Emmerich Sack
Fr. Gordon Tavis, OSB
Laura Jane LaFond
Patrick McNeil ‘55
Fr. Godfrey Diekmann, OSB ‘23
Eugene McCarthy ‘32
Oliver Kapsner ‘49
Peter Froehle
Fr. Thomas Andert, OSB ‘65
Dennis M. Cavanaugh ‘56
Joseph Wenner ‘63
Hon. R. A. (Jim) Randall ‘58
Fabian Wegleitner, OSB ‘27
Robley B. Evans
Floribert I. ‘Flip' Spanier ‘51
Carl Dorenkemper ‘25
Eric Buermann, OSB ‘37
Gregory T. Merz ‘68
Br. Samuel Lickteig, OSB
John E. Brandt ‘58
Fr. Gregory (Cuthbert) Soukup,OSB ‘32
Harry I. Holtz ‘36
Abbot Baldwin Dworschak, OSB ‘24
John ‘Hap' Lundrigan ‘60
Fr. Otto Weber, OSB ‘52
Edward J. Devitt ‘30
Vincent Tegeder, OSB ‘28
Thomas P. McKasy ‘26
Alan J. Steichen, OSB
Joel Strangis ‘66
Fr. Arnold Weber, OSB ‘44
Sen. David F. Durenberger ‘51
Fr. Paul Marx, OSB ‘39
Norbert R. Berg ‘49
Julius C. Smith ‘48

Lumen Gentium Award

Lumen – Light. Gentium – Nations, Peoples. Prophesying, Isaiah said to God's people, "Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising." Is 60: 1-6. Light was a favorite image of this poetic prophet. Again and again he let the people know that as God's chosen, they were as a light for the nations. Speaking of the Suffering Servant, Isaiah said, "I will make you the light of the nations (the Lumen Gentium), so that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth." Is 49:6.

We hold Christ Jesus to be the ultimate fulfillment of that prophecy, the true Lumen Gentium. The star of Bethlehem, the light symbolizing who was just born, leads the three wise men, symbols of all cultures and races, into the presence of the Holy Family. When Mary and Joseph take Jesus to the temple to be circumcised, Simeon prophesies, "Now, Master, you can let your servant go in peace, just as you promised. Because my eyes have seen the salvation which you have prepared for all nations to see: a light of revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel." Lk 2:29-32.

Again and again the Gospels use light imagery as embodying God's message, as personifying Jesus. John's Gospel right away says, "In the beginning was the Word.... Not one thing had its being but through him. All that came to be had life in him and that life was the light of men, a light that shines in the dark, a light that darkness could not overcome." Jn 1:1-4. Then John outright says it, "The Word was the true light, that enlightens every man." Jn 1:9. And later in his Gospel Jesus is quoted as saying, "I am the light of the world; anyone who follows me will not be walking in darkness, but will have the light of life." Jn 8:12.

Jesus, the Lumen Gentium, the Light of the Peoples, the Light of the Nations, the Light of the World, fulfilling Isaiah and Simeon, says of himself, "I come to cast fire upon earth, I will it be kindled." Lk 12:49. The Lord's fire enlightens. It consumes darkness; the darkness of fear and unknowing, the darkness of being lost and floundering, the darkness of being alone and without hope. That fire, ignited by Jesus, enlightens hearts to burn with an ardor of love that matches his own. And Jesus speaks of that fire, which he has kindled, in this way, "No one lights a lamp and puts it in some hidden place or under a bushel, but on the lamp stand, so people may see the light when they come in... So let your light shine." Mt 5:14.

Saint John's Preparatory School, under the leadership of its president, Father Mark Thamert, OSB '69, established the Lumen Gentium award in 1997. It is awarded to a person who reaches across cultures, who significantly impacts the spreading of the light of knowledge, the light of harmony, the light of hope, the light to which all peoples, all nations will be gathered.


Lumen Gentium Recipients

Jim '50 and Bridget Burkart
Bishop John Kinney
Mathew Ahmann '49, posthumous
Carol Hrdlicka, wife of POW/MIA David Hrdlicka '50
Fr. Bernardine Ness, OSB '56
Sr. Colman O'Connell, OSB
+Msgr. James D. Habiger '44
+Father John Kaiser '51
+Burton Bloms, OSB ‘37
Abbot Burkhard Ellegast, OSB
+Konrad Dannenberg

ISACS - independent schools association of the central states - accredited member school