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.


Summer Service at the United Nations

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.

Benedict Kinnison is an intern for the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam).

C-Fam is a non-governmental organization at the United Nations in New York, that advocates for pro-life and pro-family policies.

From St. Louis, Mo., Kinnison is a Political Science major, and member of the class of 2021 at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. As an intern, he attends meetings, tracks usage of pro-abortion language, conducts research on human rights issues and manages a blog that chronicles the research at C-Fam.

“The most surprising part about my experience so far is how much work there is to be done,” says Kinnison. “On my first day at the United Nations I listened to dozens of delegates support abortion language in a project to fight HIV/AIDS. Since then I have seen ‘sexual and reproductive health rights’ come up in everything from disability rights to eradicating poverty. The United Nations is infected with this toxic mindset and C-Fam very much needs our prayers.”


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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.