The Gregorian Institute at Benedictine College
The Gregorian Institute crest.
Gregory the Great, the leading intellectual in Benedictine history, laid the groundwork of Western Civilization as we know it by combining practical leadership and intellectual depth.
Benedictine College, an heir to the legacy of St. Gregory the Great, has founded the Gregorian Institute to contribute to the renewal of Catholic culture and freedom of religious expression in America.
The Gregorian Institute at Benedictine College promotes Catholic identity in public life by
• Equipping current Catholic leaders with the principles of Catholic identity in their field;
• Forming a new generation of Catholic leaders who unite faith and reason in their work;
• Educating the public about the compatibility of religious identity and daily living.
• Print Publication.
• Speakers and Conferences.
• Online Resources.
• Undergraduate Leadership Program.
By partnering with leading Catholic intellectuals to promote Catholic identity, we hope to benefit:
• The Church from renewal and sustained attention to Catholic identity.
• The American experiment, from the emphasis on faith’s contribution to self-government.
• Catholic leaders in their fields, from our work crystalizing the principles of identity.
• Benedictine College students, formed in enduring principles and effective action.
• Benedictine College’s mission, attracting collaborators in our work.
Our crest represents Benedictine College and St. Gregory the Great.
The open book represents learning.
"Via, Veritas, Vita" is Christ's self-description as the Way, the Truth and the Life and corresponds with Benedictine College's mission of "faith," "scholarship" and "community."
The gold and silver key represent the papacy of St. Gregory the Great; the chevron represents Gregory's governorship in Rome.
The three stars are Marian stars, a symbol of Mary, star of the sea. They represent several "threes": the Holy Trinity; community, faith and scholarship; and can stand for Benedictine College and its two founding institutions, St. Benedict's Abbey and Mount St. Scholastica.
The Cross of Christ, in a design often associated with the Benedictines, is the foundation for the crest, and for the school.
Our Sponsoring Institution
Benedictine College is building one of America’s great Catholic colleges by staying true to its mission of community, faith and scholarship. We have enjoyed 14 consecutive years of enrollment growth, and attribute our renaissance to the renewal of our Catholic identity, and are called to share our lessons.