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.


WATCH: Monk and Student Snowball Fight

One of the “perks” of going to Benedictine College, which is on the same campus as St. Benedict’s Abbey and down the street from Mount St. Scholastica Monastery, is its proximity to monks and sisters.

It is great to see and interact with men and women who have given their lives to Christ.

It’s also a lot of fun.

The young monks of St. Benedict’s Abbey joined students in a massive snow-ball fight and capture the flag game that was organized on the weekend of a snow-storm that covered campus.

“Snow this packable and throwable is a gift to be received,” said Benedictine Brother Leven Harton of the Abbey, “and then thrown at your opponent as you rush their fort to steal their flag and win eternal — well, temporal — glory for your team.”

Monks invited students to the Abbey and dubbed the event “Team Maurus vs. Team Placidus.”

“There will be war; and hot chocolate,” said the invitation.

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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.