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.


Air Force Taught Raven That Leaders Need a Team

The Gregorian Fellows Leadership Program at Benedictine College promotes Catholic identity in public life by forming a new generation of leaders who unite faith and reason in their work. On Fellows Fridays, the Gregorian Institute will introduce you to some of these extraordinary students.

While most students were enjoying summer, one Gregorian Fellow was training with the Air Force.

Lucas Hoffman, class of 2021 is from Ventura, Calif. This summer he did Field Training with the Air Force ROTC Program.

For two weeks at Maxwell Air Force Base, in Montgomery, Ala., he learned leadership characteristics and how put them into practice. The cadet standing furthest to the left in the picture above, he has now graduated to the Professional Officers Courses in ROTC, and will be an upperclassman in charge of training new cadets.

“I learned of the importance of the team,” Lucas said. “Being a leader means being willing to do any task, but not necessarily doing every task.”

“I kept doing poorly on my assessments because I would try to bear the burden of the assignment on my shoulders alone,” he explained. “Rather than putting your head down and doing it all, I learned to keep my head up and delegate tasks to other people and act alongside them.”

Cameron joined Air Force ROTC with other Benedictine College students. In the picture to the right, Cameron Benedictine College student Catherine Tighe is at the far left and Andrew Brabant and Peter Hockely are standing to the left of Lucas Hoffman.

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Benedictine College


Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.