The Gregorian Institute Shield, composed of the crossed gold and silver keys of the Papal Insignia, an open book with the words 'Via Veritas Vita' ('The Way, the Truth, and the Life') written on its pages, three golden six-sided stars on a red banner, and a Germanic cross.


Fledgling Raven

 Fledgling Raven

For Rebecca Lueke

In Memoriam




One bitter cold December morn

A fledgling raven in her nest

“To fly…” she dreamt, “To fly!”

A fluttering heart her sable breast

Could scarce contain. Headlong she leapt

And swooping touched

The snow’s first winter fall.


The forest silent fell. Behold,

A tender palm her downy plumage caught

And bore aloft to heights no eye can scale.


“No nest can house a fearless heart,”

God whispered as her wings, unfurled,

Fanned out across the blue.


“Your wish is granted,” said He then,

“Seek out a higher sky.

For it is my eternal will

That ravens fly on high.”

Benedictine College