Bishop Barron Describes Award: ‘The Best Thing I’ve Ever Gotten’

Bishop Barron talked about the power of beauty to move hearts, then had his own heart moved by a beautiful gift that he called “the best things I’ve ever gotten in my life.”

Bishop Robert Barron, the popular founder of Word on Fire spoke about his visit to “the great Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas” in a recent edition of his Word on Fire podcast, available on YouTube and in podcast apps.

“I love that visit. It was wonderful,” he told the show’s host, Brandon Vogt. “It’s a great small Catholic college with a very strong sense of Catholic identity.”

He mentioned that he gave the commencement address, but “My favorite moment really was this award from the center for Beauty and Culture, which is run by my good friend, Dr. Denis McNamara, whom I’ve known from Mundelein years ago.”

Benedictine College’s Center for Beauty and Culture presented him with its inaugural Prize for Excellence in Theology and the Arts.

In accepting the award, Bishop Barron shared his thoughts on “this issue of Beauty and the role that it has played in my own work.”

“I’ll tell you the award they gave me is one of the best things I’ve ever gotten in my life,” he said. “It was hand-painted on Vellum the style of the Middle Ages this sort of illuminated manuscript, basically.”

The award accounts the story in Latin behind Bishop Barron’s episcopal motto, Non Nisi Te Domine.

St. Thomas Aquinas heard a voice from the cross appreciating his theological work and asking, “What would you have as a reward?”

Thomas answered: “I will have only you.”

“It’s beautifully laid out in Latin calligraphy and then illustrations all around it including illuminations of Aquinas himself the Little Flower and Fulton Sheen,” Bishop Barron said. “It was a marvelous thing. It was just beautiful.”

He said the visit was busy — he also gave the homily for the college’s Baccalaureate Mass and, thanks to a donor, presented Word on Fire Bibles to every graduating senior — but that he thoroughly enjoyed it.

“It was a beautiful trip,” he said. “The kids were marvelous. I met a lot of the faculty, spent a lot of time with them … I was kind of going all day — but I loved it loved every moment of it.” See photos here.

The Center describes the Prize for Excellence in Theology and the Arts by saying it “honors, highlights, and promotes excellence in thought and practice in reestablishing the arts and culture as a revelation of God’s mind and salvific mission, simultaneously establishing Benedictine College as a leading center of influence and intellectual vitality.”

Watch a video describing the award and another video of Bishop Barron sharing his remarks upon receiving it.

 

Spark Tank Program Seeks to Help Entrepreneurs in Ferguson, MO

A new venture in Ferguson will offer training and assistance to area entrepreneurs in an effort to help spur economic development. Spark Tank – Ferguson, a new pilot program of the Benedictine College School of Business, based in Atchison, Kan., brings together faculty and staff from the college’s Thompson Center for Integrity in Finance and Economics and its Cray Center for Entrepreneurial Services with local partners Civil Righteousness, based in Ferguson, and Premier Business Brokers, based in St. Louis. The group has developed a website, Spark-Tank.org, and plans to start soliciting entrepreneurs, mentors, and Spark Tank team members in August.

“The resilience of the Ferguson community has been tested like no other over the past eight years,” said Jonathan Thomas, president and CEO of Civil Righteousness. “Today, we are poised for a renaissance due to the wealth of talent here and our communal commitment to overcoming yesterday’s challenges. I have great expectation for the potential that will be realized and the lives that will be transformed through entrepreneurship.”

The program contains three phases. After the application period, Phase 1 is six months of training by Benedictine College School of Business faculty, who will facilitate learning about being an entrepreneur and starting a business. This will include content on lifestyle, business modeling, market research, sales channels, financial analysis, and capital allocation, among other topics.

Phase 2 is the pitch event, which will take place in Ferguson in April 2023. Entrepreneurs will give their business pitches to community members, media, and potential investors. Business professionals interested in becoming part of the entrepreneur’s “Spark Team” will also be present.

Phase 3 begins the day after the pitch event, when entrepreneurs begin the process of “drafting” business professionals for their teams. These professionals (marketing, accounting, sales, engineering, etc.) will become full-time, part-time, or volunteer members of the start-up and will help the entrepreneur’s idea come to fruition.

Premier Business Brokers is working on securing a location to be used as a business incubator where entrepreneurs and their Spark Teams will be able to share resources like office space, telephones, computers, etc. The incubator space is currently in progress and the community is hoping to have it in operation by April 2023, following the pitch event and Spark Team draft.

“We are excited to work with Civil Righteousness and Premier Business Brokers on our first Spark Tank program,” said Dave Geenens, businessman, author, associate professor and director of Benedictine’s Thompson Center. “We truly believe this can make a real difference in Ferguson and it aligns perfectly with the college’s new strategic plan to transform culture in America.”

Kids Don’t Know America’s Founding, So Benedictine Is Training Teachers

Civics education is facing a crisis and Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, is finding innovative new ways to help.

In a three-day program on campus, the college’s Center for Constitutional Liberty helped teachers learn the role the founding documents play in issues America faces today — and how to share that knowledge with students.

“Benedictine was an exceptional host for this event. I will highly recommend future seminars to my peers,” one Kansas public school teacher said.

“As a rising first year teacher, I found this conference to be invaluable,” said a Missouri Catholic school teacher who attended.

In a 2018 survey, less than a third of Americans polled by Annenberg Public Policy Center could name all three branches of government, and half of Americans could name only one or none. Numbers improved during the pandemic, but today only nine states require a full year of U.S. government or civics, while 30 states require a half year and the other 11 states have no civics requirement.

The Center’s “Constitutional Conversations: Historical Tensions and Classroom Strategies,” in partnership with the Bill of Rights Institute, was designed to train public and private school 6-12 grade teachers to share the fundamental rights and responsibilities envisioned by the country’s founders.

Kevin Vance, director of Benedictine College’s Center for Constitutional Liberty, presented multiple sessions for the teachers before heading to Washington, D.C., to meet with the Center’s Board of Advisors and interns in the Center’s “B.C. in D.C.” program.

Vance focused on religious liberty, slavery and civil rights in his presentations. But more than the information given, the community formed at the event was important.

“Teachers were very grateful for the high quality professional development content we provided, and our lunch discussions about it were perhaps my biggest takeaway,” said Vance. “They described how teacher burnout is a big problem, even with the best teachers in the system, and the kind of content we were sharing gave them an opportunity to breathe new life into their curricula.”

The college created the Center for Constitutional Liberty as part of its Transforming Culture in America strategic plan. The Center’s mission is “to renew and advance understanding of the founding principles of the United States of America so that our nation’s unique experiment in self-government will inspire, inform and direct new generations of Americans.”

The event provided a $500 travel stipend to participants.

The program was a “Wonderful opportunity,” said Curtis Carter, a Wichita, Kansas, public school teacher pictured above (right). “I received so much,” he said, and “my students will as well.”

Cole Haugen, who teaches  at Saint Therese School in Parkville, Mo., found the program just what is needed. His own “knowledge of the First Amendment and the Constitution has increased,” he said. And, for his classroom, he now has “valuable resources and strategies.”

Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary sisters attended from Pittsburg, Kansas, and Wichita, where IHM sisters have been teaching at Bishop Carroll High for 39 years.

Raven’s Pro-Life Work Is Already Transforming Culture

Vincent Schiffiano, a native of Weddington, N.C., who studied Political Science and Philosophy, has already changing the culture.

That’s what Benedictine College said with its new honor this year: the Transforming Culture Award for students who advanced the college’s strategic vision.

Schiffiano served as a student representative in the college’s Transforming Culture in America committee, was a founding student member of the college’s Constitutional Fellows program, and was the founder and president of the October Club, a student organization dedicated to transforming culture in America. Schiffiano was also instrumental in organizing the Transforming Culture in America Student Conference.

During the fall of 2020 when the college was faced with a proposed health department requirement to quarantine its student body, Vincent led the charge to fight the requirement and organized Rosaries for a better outcome during that time.

“Schiffiano has been a tireless supporter of pro-life movement and even used some of his scholarship money to fund Value Them Both internships,” President Stephen D. Minnis said in announcing his award. “He hand-delivered 400 signed petitions to the home of a State Senator who was withholding his vote for the Value Them Both Amendment to demonstrate our students’ support for that cause.”

Minnis said the senator told him personally that because of the work of the Benedictine College students, and Vincent in particular, “he decided to cast the key vote in favor of the Amendment.”

As part of his zeal for both politics and the pro-life movement, Schiffiano worked as an intern for the Kansas Catholic Conference, Kansans for Life, the office of Senator Roger Marshall, and the Value Them Both Coalition.

In August, Schiffiano will lead a team of Benedictine College students to help pass the Value Them Both Amendment and this fall, Vincent will pursue a Master’s in Human Rights degree at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Learning to Love: Center Brings John-Paul II-Style Event to America

Couples learned how to fall in love again. Families shared a nature hike, a movie night, a sing-along jam session, and more.

It was Family Week created by the Center for Family Life at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, with 30 adult participants, and over 80 children, from as far away as Houston, Texas.

“Perhaps most surprising about Family Week for me was the great sense of hope for our culture that I received,” Deacon John Weist of Overland Park, Kansas, said. The families he met “were a light of hope for the unity that Jesus longs for all people. That light is brighter than I expected going into our week.”

Weist added that the theme of unity became an unofficial theme of the week. “The reality of unity through marriage and family” was referenced “in all aspects of our week — the formal lectures, our marriage skills segments, the witnesses from our interviewed couples, our shared group prayer and daily masses, our conversation — all of these points of learning and sharing kept reinforcing for me-God’s design for marriage and family as both a reality of unity and an agent for unity.”

Those “skills” he spoke about were led by Brad and Libby DuPont of the Office of Family Life for the Archdiocese of Kansas City Kansas.

The DuPonts led exercises that helped couples not only love one another, but to be “in love” with one another. “We need to go beyond an abstract wish for our spouse’s welfare to more particular, concrete actions,” she said.

“The speakers went way beyond our expectations. We were especially grateful to Fr. Luis and Fr. Jose, not only for their beautiful teaching, but for their joyful witness,”

She especially appreciated Father Jose Noriega, a Professor of Moral Theology specializing in the Sacrament of Marriage at the St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, in Denver, Colo., and pastor at St. Mary Catholic Parish, Littleton, Colo.

He stressed loving your spouse not just by willing “goodness” to your beloved, but by willing “particular goods,” concrete acts of love, to your spouse.

He and Father Luis Granados are priests of the Disciples of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Fr. Luis, who also presented during the week, serves as Academic Dean at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver.

Family Week was based on the work of the Disciples of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary’s experiences working with families in Spain and through the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Rome.

“What these priests are doing is world-class,” said Tory Baucum, the director of the Center for Family Life at Benedictine College, who designed the week. “This year was an experiment to see if we could make this work, and we still have some kinks to work out, but it was a great success. This is going to grow year by year into an important resource that will help many, many families.”

Family Week was designed to be “a true experience of an authentic Catholic vision for marriage and family life with experts on both the theology and practice of family living.” Activities for couples and separate tracks for children were designed to meet three goals: Prevention, Restoration and Exploration. In other words, “Fighting back against the secular narrative about family life,” giving “Intentional couple’s time and family activities to help refresh and restore your marriage,” and learning “the spiritual fruits that come from living out the nuptial sacramental vocation.”

Dr. Jacqueline Rivers and her husband Reverend Eugene Rivers also spoke. Dr. Rivers earned her Ph.D. in African-American Studies and Sociology at Harvard University. They lead the Seymour Institute for Black Church and Policy Studies, founded by Rev. Rivers.

Other speakers included Mike and Kristi Dennihan, directors at School of Love in Kansas City, Dr. Jamie Blosser, Chair of Theology at Benedictine College, and Dr. Jeremy Sienkiewicz, a theologian at Benedictine College.

Joel Adese ’22: Driven to Bring Change Home to Nigeria

Meet Joel Adese, one of the students from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, who inspired record giving at the college’s 2022 Scholarship Ball. He exemplifies the college’s mission of community, faith and scholarship. He is a basketball player, a convert to the Catholic faith, and a senior double major in political science and accounting. He wants to get a law degree, then return to help the political situation in his native Nigeria.

He graduated cum laude in Accounting and Political Science on May 14. See the video about Joel, followed by a transcript below.

Transcript

Growing up, I played soccer. Soccer was the sport back home in Nigeria. Everybody played soccer. One day I walking home from school and this basketball coach saw me and he said, “Wow, you’re very tall. Why don’t you come check out this sport — it’s called basketball.”

I had never heard of it before. I was kind of hesitant at first.

Two weeks later, I went and he said, “All right, take off your slippers and we’ll show you how this is done.” And I started doing the basics of basketball with my bare feet. And that was how I started playing basketball. Before you know it I was here in the U.S. playing basketball.

My name is Joel Adese. I am a senior majoring in political science and accounting.

I grew up in a village with my grandparents in Nigeria, then I moved to the city with my mom. I lost my dad when I was a very tender age so I didn’t get to quite know him very well. My mom is very strict. She actually laid the foundation, you know, how I should be as a man, so that really was how I grew up and that has helped in the long run coming here to the U.S. for high school and also college.

I’m the first child in my family so I want to really set the bar high, especially for my younger brothers. They really motivate me as well to keep on going.

Even when i was coming to the U.S. my mom was really focused on my academics. She said, “To go the U.S. I want you to study hard. You want to go to law school, study hard,” and all of that. The game was just kind of like a secondary option. So when I came to high school here in a Catholic school my mum really was wanting me to go.

She said, “Yeah, this would be good for you. Let’s just give it a shot.”

I got taught you know the basics of the religion and it spoke to me. I was old enough — I was 18 at that time. So I made the choice to become Catholic and I got baptized and that has really helped a lot in transitioning to Benedictine College for sure.”

I was able to be noticed by Coach Moody, the basketball coach here at school. It was easy for me to choose Benedictine. The fact that it’s a Catholic school, that was almost a given. Just the fact that it’s a Catholic school, that was almost a given. Just the environment the people you talk to outside the locker room, it’s a constant reminder not to forget your faith.

So I go to Benedictine ultimately to study political science and gear my career towards a law school. Basketball helped propel that. Even my coach sometimes thinks I’m a little crazy. I play basketball, I double major, I take on heavy hours. I look at it from the perspective of the classes. It’s seven classes, and I think I can handle that. For me, it’s doable.

With the law degree I really would like to apply that back home. The political situation in my country isn’t the best. I want to go back home and do the best I can, just do the best I can going forward.

I’m scared in a good way. It’s kind of overwhelming to think of, but I’m at the same time really optimistic because knowing my background and how I’ve been brought up. I know I can do it. I know I can get to that goal moving from one country to another. It’s just a bump in the way. The goal is always there, but you just have to cross a few hurdles to get there. I can see the goal. I can see the end of it so just having that goal is what really motivates me and also those people who have helped me along the way. I don’t want to let them down so that also motivates me to keep on pushing.

Francesca Stedwill ’22: Chose Nursing To Help Others In Their Greatest Need

Life is full of ups and downs. Joys and sorrows. The joys are more joyful with people to share them with. The sorrows are easier to bear when people are there to share the burden. Francesca Stedwill, a senior at Benedictine College for Peoria, Illinois, chose her field of study in to be there for people during those highs and lows.

“I love that nursing allows me to care for people in their most vulnerable moments. Nursing gives me the opportunity to walk with patients at both the most difficult and beautiful moments of their lives.”

The Benedictine College Department of Nursing emphasizes not only evidence-based, hands-on learning, but it strives also to focus on person-centered, ethical, holistic, compassionate, safe and effective care.

Home to the Nursing Department, the Mother Teresa Nursing Center was dedicated in 2016. The 12,000 square-foot facility includes two large classrooms, a clinical skills lab, a high-fidelity simulation room, seven faculty offices, additional administrative offices, an area for practicing clinical assessment skills, and several computer labs and study areas for students.

“I chose Benedictine because I believed it would not only help me accomplish my dream of becoming a nurse, but also would help me grow to be the best person I could be.”

Though nursing students’ schedules are already busy, Stedwill has made time to stay involved and find extra opportunities for growth. She is a Gregorian Fellow, a Student Worker in the President’s Office, she’s gone on multiple international mission trips, studied abroad, and is a member of the Benedictine College Student Nursing Association.

“Benedictine is special because it allows you to be surrounded by people who are striving for greatness in all aspects of life. The environment at Benedictine pushes you to be the best version of yourself and allows you to grow in faith through your academic journey.”

Benedictine College was founded with that call to holiness and greatness in mind. “Forward, always forward, everywhere forward” said Archabbot Boniface Wimmer O.S.B. “We must not be held back by debts, bad years or by difficulties of the times. Man’s adversity is God’s opportunity.”

It was these words that led monks to the American frontier in 1856 with the intent to found and Abbey and school. It is those same words that continue to inspire Benedictine College’s mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.

Stedwill is living out that always forward vision in her own life, and she encourages others to do the same.

“Be open to where the Lord is leading you and pay attention to what is being placed right in front of you.”

Benedictine’s Thompson Center Honors Ken Williams with 2022 Thompson Medal

In May of 2022, Benedictine College’s Byron G. Thompson Center for Integrity in Finance and Economics awarded its annual Thompson Medal to Ken Williams, CFO of engineering firm Black & Veatch. This award, given in conjunction with Country Club Bank of Kansas City, recognizes an individual in business who exemplifies integrity and competence, as well as making significant contributions to both their sphere of business and their community.

Williams was chosen not only because of his competence in his work at Black & Veatch, where he is responsible for establishing corporate financial policies, but also for his work in the world of non-profit business. Between his stints in the for-profit world, he served for five years as the CEO of Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, where he and his team served the needs of people in 21 counties. He also spent time as the CFO of World Vision International, a $3 billion non-profit organization focused on addressing poverty around the world, specifically assisting children in need. Williams is also a new member of Benedictine College’s Board of Directors.

Paul Thompson, CEO and Chairman of Country Club Bank and son of the Thompson Center’s namesake Byron Thompson, reminded attendees that the purpose of the Thompson Medal is to inspire young Benedictine students to be “faith-filled people of integrity whose own principled leadership will leave an indelibly positive impact on the world around them.”

One of those students, Jake Thompson, spoke at the event to attest to the inspiring work of both Thompson Center and the whole of Benedictine’s Business Department. Jake, grandson of Byron Thompson, highlighted the investment of the Business Department’s professors in their students, as well as the department’s rich integrity and commitment to free markets and virtue. He expressed his gratitude to the Thompson Center for both the resources it provides to his growth as a young businessman, as well as the constant reminder it provides of his grandfather’s strength and integrity.

The award program for the evening also included a hopeful keynote address from Thomas M. Hoenig, 2019 Thompson Medal winner. Hoenig is former president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and served more recently as the vice chairman of the FDIC. Throughout his speech, Hoenig highlighted the challenges of our current economy, both avoidable and unavoidable. He insightfully compared the current economic climate to that of the 1970s, explaining the challenges of that decade as well.

Hoenig not only observed problems, but also suggested a few solutions, including a suggestion for greater collaboration in our divided government. He spoke for all Americans on this topic, saying “I think the American people are ready for some cooperation, are needing it, and it’s key to solving the inflationary problem.” Though his keynote primarily laid out the economic challenges of the present moment, his overall tone was one of hope. He encouraged those in attendance, saying “the challenges are there, but we can do it.”

This tone of hope was present elsewhere in the program as well. Stephen D. Minnis, President of Benedictine College, emphasized the light that Benedictine has been in the challenges which have faced the American people since the College’s founding in 1858. He reminded those in attendance where to place their hope for the future, saying “the hope for this country lies in our young people, and Benedictine College, along with the Thompson Center, will equip graduates with the skills and understanding to take up leadership positions in society and help transform culture in America.”

Benedictine College Launches Sheridan Center for Classical Studies

Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, is proud to announce the establishment of the Sheridan Center for Classical Studies. The institute is named for Dr. Thomas F. Sheridan, whose multi-million dollar gift is one of the largest the college has received in its more than 160 year history.

“Benedictine College is heir to the 1,500-year tradition of Benedictine education. This Center will build on that legacy and position the College at the forefront of the movement to examine the foundational truths of culture in order to influence the future,” said Benedictine College President Stephen D. Minnis.

The Sheridan Center for Classical Studies will promote and help guide:

  • The college’s Great Books Program, which has been named one of America’s Top 25.
  • The newly established Classics Department, which will contain the Classics major and be led by the new Sheridan Chair of Classics, Dr. Edward Mulholland.
  • The Honors program, led by the newly appointed Sheridan Senior Scholar, Dr. Susan Traffas, and the Sheridan Center Director, Dr. Andrew Salzmann.
  • The Classical Education track in the Benedictine College Education Department.
  • A proposed new Master’s degree in Classical Education.

Dr. Sheridan’s life is a prime example of the power of a Catholic, liberal arts education. Born in 1954 and orphaned as a young boy, he graduated from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul with a degree in the sciences, but his humanities professors sparked a lifelong interest in philosophy and Christian Mysticism. Dr. Sheridan went on to graduate from medical school and enjoy a long and successful career in anesthesiology in California. His love of his country led him to serve as a civilian physician in Kuwait during the first Gulf War. (More here.)

“The Sheridan Center for Classical Studies is important to our Transforming Culture in America plan,” said Minnis. The college’s strategic vision was developed in two years of meetings of community leaders from a variety of fields with Benedictine College faculty, board of directors, staff and students. They developed four priorities: Formation programs to create students who are experts in living the mission of community, faith and scholarship; Profession programs to advance alumni after graduation, Extension programs to reach beyond the campus borders with the mission; and Endowment programs to enhance the college’s excellence into the future.

“This new center meets each of the plan’s priorities,” Minnis said. “The Sheridan Center will help us to form students in the Catholic intellectual tradition, to prepare them to succeed at a high level, to further articulate the value of liberal arts, and to grow the college’s endowment.”

The college’s Transforming Culture in America plan was inspired by St. John Paul II’s apostolic exhortation The Church in America. The document calls for American colleges to “train truly Christian leaders in the different spheres of human activity, and in society, especially in politics, economics, science, art and philosophical reflection.” With the addition of the Sheridan Center, with its emphasis on classical thought, Benedictine College will now offer centers of distinction in each of the concerns St. John Paul II identified.

“Saint John Paul II said, ‘Through [Our Lady of Guadalupe’s] powerful intercession, the Gospel will penetrate the hearts of the men and women of America and permeate their cultures, transforming them from within,’” said Minnis. “The Sheridan Center will help fulfill that promise.”

Gabe Ambuul: Came For Hands-On Learning. Now He’s Building Medical Supplies.

Earning a degree isn’t just about taking tests and getting grades. It’s about wrestling with new ideas, applying concepts in the real-world. Just ask Gabe Ambuul.

Ambuul is a Junior at Benedictine College from Colorado Springs, Colorado. As a Mechanical Engineering student, Ambuul enjoys diving-deep, trying to understand things and learning how to build them.

“I love to create. Gaining the knowledge to find better ways around problems and coming up with my own solutions always pays off and is extremely satisfying when looking back on my work.”

Benedictine College gives their students the chance to do just that. In the segment of small, liberal arts colleges, not many institutions offer engineering. And even fewer can boast the quality of faculty and facilities that Benedictine College has.

Engineering faculty at Benedictine College include 10 PhD professors with 11 patents. The facility, Westerman Hall, is the finest STEM building of any small college in America, 100,000 square feet, complete with 15 full engineering labs.

Recently, Ambuul made use of those resources by building a robotic arm. Looking ahead, he has secured an internship building medical supplies with Medtronic, a healthcare technology company.

In addition to providing a hands-on education, Benedictine College also helps students get real-world experience through internships and networking. The Raven Walk, Benedictine’s networking platform was designed for just that reason. It connects students to alumni and friends of the college for mentoring, internship and job opportunities. In fact, 9 in 10 Benedictine College engineering students are offered jobs in their field prior to graduation.

“Living at Benedictine College, there is never a dull moment! I am always making new friends and building tighter relationships with those I am close with.”

Ambuul is quick to point out positive impact Benedictine’s exciting campus has had on him. “I chose Benedictine for the attractive Catholic community, and the opportunity for life-long relationships, which is evident from the start.”

In an era when so many are feeling detached, alone, or without a sense of belonging, students from across the country and the world have found their community at Benedictine College. Ambuul is a student at a time when enrollment at the college has been increasing for two decades, and other schools model their Student Life programs after Benedictine’s.

“Come visit! Take the trip to Atchison, Kansas for a Raven Day. You will see the beautiful campus, meet amazing people who make you feel like part of the family, and sit in on classes you find interesting. It truly impacted my decision, and I am grateful to this day.”