At Saint Vincent Archabbey many of our monks are involved in our College Apostolate. Some serve as Professors in departments such as Theology, Philosophy, Mathematics, English, Science or Business, while others work in the Library or Campus Ministry. Needless to say, our Benedictine Heritage influences the way that we educate our students as a WHOLE human person, Body, Mind, and Soul.
Thus, this series of posts will focus on the 10 Hallmarks of a Benedictine Education.
1. Love of Christ and neighbor
Love is at the heart of Benedictine monastic life. The life of the monastic, like that of all Christians, is first and foremost a response to God's astonishing love for humankind, a love expressed in the free gift of his beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Benedict uses Jesus' own words which come from the heart of the Hebrew scriptures to urge monastics to ground their lives in a whole-hearted response to that love and to share it freely with others (RB 4.1-2).
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Benedictine colleges and universities should be unabashed about being grounded in love. We seek tangible ways to celebrate the love of learning and desire for God. We ask all who aspire to teach and lead, serve and study within the institution to make a real commitment to the well-being of others. This commitment can be demonstrated by the dedication of each member of the campus community to pursue what truly enkindles imagination and courage, what nurtures compassion and what gives lasting direction to a life's vocation.
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