Tour Faculty
India - Nepal - Tibet

July 2008

Fr. Mark Thamert, O.S.B.
Office:  Quad 257C, phone 3520
Residence:  Benet 124, phone 2394

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Fr. Mark:  The regions of the Himalayas are lands of magic, sacredness, and bewildering diversity.  The cities, villages, holy places, temples, and monasteries give witness to the power of faith in this remote area of the world.  During this trip you will be able to discover how a monastery school like Saint John's University compares to the monasteries and their schools in India, Nepal, and Tibet.  Both at Saint John's and in these Himalayan heights you will be talking with young monks and their teachers about their experiences in joining the monastery and why they would ever want to do such a thing.   My greatest enjoyment in taking groups abroad is to see students' minds expand as they discover that they are citizens not only of the United States, but also of a complex and beautiful world of diverse cultures and ideas.  I have lead groups to foreign countries nearly twenty times.  Join us this July for an unforgettable experience.        


Adam Wolf will also be assisting on this trip.  Adam is currently on a bike trip with SJU friends across Asia.  Check out the map below.  a group of CSB/SJU students to bike across Asia!  Their route takes them through China, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Iran. If all goes well, members of the group may continue on to Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Austria, Germany, and France.  Adam is a 2005 graduate of SJU who has lived in China and is a Tibet enthusiast. In the months ahead you can read about their bike trip in their blog:
     Adam and friends are currently biking
                      through Asia!



Gar Kellom has made several trips to the sites we are visiting to arrange for the service aspect of the trip and check   accommodations and other arrangements. His interest in this project parallels his work and interests in the Saint John's Men's Center.  He will be accompanying a group of friends of Saint John's while Adam and Fr. Mark will be with the student group.