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.

at BENEDICTINE COLLEGE

Raven Sisters Help Little Sisters of the Poor

The Benedictine mission of community, faith and scholarship transformed culture in Europe at the dawn of Western Civilization and Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, believes it can do the same in America today. To Transform Culture in America, Benedictine College plans to Form its students deeply in the mission, Advance its mission through alumni in every walk of life, and Extend its mission regionally and nationally.

“Greatness is not always found in grand and spectacular gestures,” said Karol Arensberg, “it is often found in the little things. This was just a small way for us to do our part.“

Karol is a senior English major at Benedictine College and her sister Anna is a Sophomore Mechanical Engineering major.

After the COVID-19 lockdown sent them home to study in the second half of the Spring Semester at home in Mobile, Ala., the two saw what others were doing to help their communities in the coronavirus crisis and wanted to contribute.

“The Little Sisters of the Poor Volunteer Coordinator posted on Facebook that they were short on isolation gowns” in April, said Karol. “Anna and I both volunteered there in high school and our high school band, which we were both a part of, always played there for their lawn party. My sweet, generous mother volunteered we three older girls would make some gowns.”

The Little Sisters love to minimize waste, so the Arensbergs used donated sheets from a local hotel and got the patterns they needed.

The problem for Karol was that she had never sewed before.

“It was really difficult for me,” she said, “but it was a blessed time to spend with my mom and sister to learn a new skill.”

The two contributed to the project and delivered the gowns.

“I have learned, in my four years at Benedictine College, about becoming a saint through everyday martyrdom,” said Karol “‘We were lucky to have the opportunity to give back to our community.”

See how other Ravens are helping out at Benedictine College’s Ravens Will Rise page.

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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.