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Benedictine College: A Year of Faith in Review

January 25: Benedictine College took seven buses to the March for Life in Washington D.C., the university with the largest group from furthest away.February 28, Pope Benedict Resigns: St. Benedict's Abbey on Benedictine College's campus marked the moment with a solemn tolling of the bell.March 1,March 12, Conclave: Benedictine College students in Rome for our semester abroad program were interviewed by ABC, EWTN and others.March 13, Habemus Papem: Pope Parties at several locations around campus celebrated the election of Pope Francis.March 17 and March 19: For weeks, campus decorations celebrated new Pope Francis and new Abbot James Albers.May 11, Benedictine College Commencement: Congressman Paul Ryan gave an address on Catholic social thougt, signaling national budget news.June 21, BCYC: Catholic faith summer youth camps became a staple of campus life at Benedictine College.July 28, World Youth Day: Benedictine College junior Katherine Bauman read the first reading at Pope Francis' concluding Mass before millions in Rio de Janeiro.September 1, Beanie Retreat: Hundreds attended Benedictine College Ministry's SPO tent retreat for Freshmen.September 3: On the feast of St. Gregory the Great, Benedictine College installed a 21-foot fountain statue of Our Lady of Grace in the main academic quad.September 8: On the feast of the Nativity of Mary, Abbot James Albers consecrated Benedictine College to the Blessed Virgin Mary.October 11: Bishop Andrew Cozzens was named a bishop by Pope Francis, the seventh Raven bishop in the 21st century.October 25: St. Michael Hall and chapel were dedicated as the ninth new Benedictine College residence hall since the year 2000.November 3, Consecration Rally: Father Michael Gaitley spoke to Benedictine College students and gave away 700 books on Marian Consecration.November 10: Benedictine College president Stephen D. Minnis was chosen to participate in the U.S. bishops' commission on higher education at their annual meeting.November 11: Benedictine College students processed with lanterns to the Benedictine sisters of Mount St. Scholastica to celebrate their 150th anniversary.November 16-19: Benedictine College President Stephen D. Minnis was selected to participate in the Vatican's Church in America conference in Mexico City.November 24: To end the Year of Faith on the feast of Christ the King, Benedictine College held a Eucharistic Procession through campus.December 3: The college blessed the foundations of the 10th and 11th new residence halls on Benedictine College campus since 2000, placing a St. Benedict medal in the foundations of Lemke Hall and Guadalupe Hall.December 9: Hundreds of students are consecrating themselves to the Blessed Virgin Mary in the year of the school's consecration, many on the feast of the Immaculate Conception.December 9, Lessons and Carols: Student singers and faculty, staff and administration presented the traditional Advent ceremony in preparation for Christmas.

January 25: Benedictine College took seven buses to the March for Life in Washington D.C., the university with the largest group from furthest away.

February 28, Pope Benedict Resigns: St. Benedict’s Abbey on Benedictine College’s campus marked the moment with a solemn tolling of the bell.

March 1, “Confession Experiences Rebirth”: Leaven, the newspaper of the Archdiocese, featured Benedictine College’s robust practice of the sacrament of reconciliation.

March 12, Conclave: Benedictine College students in Rome for our semester abroad program were interviewed by ABC, EWTN and others.

March 13, Habemus Papem: Pope Parties at several locations around campus celebrated the election of Pope Francis.

March 17 and March 19: For weeks, campus decorations celebrated new Pope Francis and new Abbot James Albers.

May 11, Benedictine College Commencement: Congressman Paul Ryan gave an address on Catholic social thougt, signaling national budget news.

June 21, BCYC: Catholic faith summer youth camps became a staple of campus life at Benedictine College.

July 28, World Youth Day: Benedictine College junior Katherine Bauman read the first reading at Pope Francis’ concluding Mass before millions in Rio de Janeiro.

September 1, Beanie Retreat: Hundreds attended Benedictine College Ministry’s SPO tent retreat for Freshmen.

September 3: On the feast of St. Gregory the Great, Benedictine College installed a 21-foot fountain statue of Our Lady of Grace in the main academic quad.

September 8: On the feast of the Nativity of Mary, Abbot James Albers consecrated Benedictine College to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

October 11: Bishop Andrew Cozzens was named a bishop by Pope Francis, the seventh Raven bishop in the 21st century.

October 25: St. Michael Hall and chapel were dedicated as the ninth new Benedictine College residence hall since the year 2000.

November 3, Consecration Rally: Father Michael Gaitley spoke to Benedictine College students and gave away 700 books on Marian Consecration.

November 10: Benedictine College president Stephen D. Minnis was chosen to participate in the U.S. bishops’ commission on higher education at their annual meeting.

November 11: Benedictine College students processed with lanterns to the Benedictine sisters of Mount St. Scholastica to celebrate their 150th anniversary.

November 16-19: Benedictine College President Stephen D. Minnis was selected to participate in the Vatican’s Church in America conference in Mexico City.

November 24: To end the Year of Faith on the feast of Christ the King, Benedictine College held a Eucharistic Procession through campus.

December 3: The college blessed the foundations of the 10th and 11th new residence halls on Benedictine College campus since 2000, placing a St. Benedict medal in the foundations of Lemke Hall and Guadalupe Hall.

December 9: Hundreds of students are consecrating themselves to the Blessed Virgin Mary in the year of the school’s consecration, many on the feast of the Immaculate Conception.

December 9, Lessons and Carols: Student singers and faculty, staff and administration presented the traditional Advent ceremony in preparation for Christmas.

Benedictine College: A Year of Faith in Review

by Benedictine College

In 2013, Benedictine College was ready to celebrate Catholic identity in a big way. Pope Benedict XVI had declared a Year of Faith. Immaculee Ilibagiza had visited campus in August, 2012. In May, we will review academic achievements of 2013-2014 school year. Here are some of the faith activities from the year 2013:

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January 25, March for Life: Benedictine College took seven buses to the March for Life in Washington D.C.,  the university with the largest group from furthest away to visit the March.

February 28, Pope Benedict Resigns: St. Benedict’s Abbey on Benedictine College’s campus marked the moment with a solemn tolling of the bell at the end of a Mass for the Church.

March 1, “Confession Experiences Rebirth”: Leaven, the newspaper of the Archdiocese, featured Benedictine College’s robust practice of the sacrament of reconciliation (confession offered more than once a day).

March 12, Conclave: Benedictine College students in Rome for our semester abroad program were interviewed by ABC, EWTN and others for stories about the choice of a new Pope.

March 13, Habemus Papem: Pope Parties at several locations around campus celebrated the election of Pope Francis.

March 17 and March 19, Two Church Leaders: For weeks, campus decorations celebrated two new leaders: Abbot James Albers’s abbatial blessing and Pope Francis’ inauguration.

May 11, Commencement: Congressman Paul Ryan gave Benedictine College’s commencement address on Catholic social thought, signaling national budget news.

June 21, BCYC: Catholic summer youth camps including Benedictine Catholic Youth Conference, Voice, Benedictine Cathedral and Life Teen became a staple of campus life at Benedictine College.

July 28, World Youth Day: Benedictine College junior Katherine Bauman read the first reading at Pope Francis’ concluding Mass before millions in Rio de Janeiro.

September 1, Beanie Retreat: Hundreds attended Benedictine College Ministry’s SPO tent retreat for Freshmen.

September 3, Fountain Statue: On the feast of St. Gregory the Great, Benedictine College installed a 21-foot fountain statue of Our Lady of Grace in the main academic quad.

September 8, College Consecrated: On the feast of the Nativity of Mary, Abbot James Albers consecrated Benedictine College to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

October 11, Another Raven Bishop: On Oct. 11, Bishop Andrew Cozzens was named an Auxiliary bishop of St. Paul-Minneapolis by Pope Francis, the seventh Raven bishop in the 21st century.

October 25, Ninth New Residence Hall: St. Michael Hall and chapel were dedicated as the ninth new Benedictine College residence hall since the year 2000.

November 3, Consecration Rally: Father Michael Gaitley spoke to Benedictine College students who received 700 books on Marian Consecration.

November 10, U.S. bishops: Benedictine College president Stephen D. Minnis was chosen to participate in the U.S. bishops’ commission on higher education at their annual meeting.

November 11, Lantern Procession: Benedictine College students processed with lanterns to the Benedictine sisters of Mount St. Scholastica to celebrate their 150th anniversary.

November 16-19, Church in America Conference: Benedictine College President Stephen D. Minnis was selected to participate in the Vatican’s Church in America conference in Mexico City.

November 24, Eucharistic Procession: To end the Year of Faith on the feast of Christ the King, Benedictine College held a Eucharistic Procession through campus.

December 3, Medal Ceremonies: The college blessed the foundations of the 10th and 11th new residence halls on Benedictine College campus since 2000 by placing a St. Benedict medal in the foundations of Lemke Hall and Guadalupe Hall.

December 9, Consecrations: Hundreds of students are consecrating themselves to the Blessed Virgin Mary in the year of the school’s consecration, many on the feast of the Immaculate Conception.

December 9, Lessons and Carols: Student singers and faculty, staff and administration presented the traditional Advent ceremony in preparation for Christmas.

What’s ahead for 2014? For starters, Benedictine College has been chosen to lead the March for Life, holding the banner at the front of the Washington, D.C., event. Eight busloads of students have already signed up to go. Read more about the thriving faith at Benedictine College here.

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