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Stephen: The start of a successful life.

My story starts with the Catholic education I received while attending St. Joseph grade and high school in Beatrice, Nebraska. Our teachers were nuns from Mount St. Scholastica and Benedictine priests. When it came time for selecting a college, my parents wanted me to...

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Stephen: The start of a successful life.

My story starts with the Catholic education I received while attending St. Joseph grade and high school in Beatrice, Nebraska. Our teachers were nuns from Mount St. Scholastica and Benedictine priests. When it came time for selecting a college, my parents wanted me to continue with a Catholic education and based on their friendship with alumni in the parish and our religious facility, I started the process of enrolling St. Benedicts College (SBC). While my academics left a lot to be desired, I didn’t know how to study for one reason, after two years I did learn a lot outside the class room. Meeting fellow students from across the country I learned to interact with those of different backgrounds. Also being on my own for the first time I learned budgets, laundry, some time management and how important faith and family are. The time at SBC prepared me for a successful 22 year career in the Navy. It has carried over to my retirement years.

Thomas: MY THANKS TO BENEDICTINE COLLEGE!!

I arrived at St. Benedict’s College in the Fall of 1955 after spending 12 years at Sacred Heart School in Falls City, NE.I received a great education covering all the aspects of how to live a life of following Jesus Christ. During that first semester I was in Freshman...

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Thomas: MY THANKS TO BENEDICTINE COLLEGE!!

I arrived at St. Benedict’s College in the Fall of 1955 after spending 12 years at Sacred Heart School in Falls City, NE.I received a great education covering all the aspects of how to live a life of following Jesus Christ. During that first semester I was in Freshman English with Mr. McReynolds.He had said that whoever gets the highest grade in his class will be treated to a beer at “Hammys”. I thought no more about it but when he announced that I had the highest grade and we headed for a beer I had to remind him that I was only 17 and we had to settle for a coke. Anyway my writing skills led me to become the Sports Editor for the our college newspaper called the Rambler and then the Editor-in-Chief which led to my being included in the “Who’s Who in American Colleges”. I went into coaching for 7 years at. Catholic high school in Nebraska and then was selected to start a Community College in. Minneapolis,,MN where I stayed for 37 years and finished at the University of St. Thomas for 10 more years giving me a total of 52 years in Education and the completion of both a,Masters and Doctorate degrees. I thank St. Benedict’s for giving me the tools to achieve all these goals including a lovely wife and four beautiful children who all attended the Benedictine Colleges in Minnesota.

The Beautiful Journey to Benedictine College

Christopher: The Beautiful Journey to Benedictine College

My parents and I drove to Benedictine in the summer of 1982 after multiple college visits in the Midwest and South. Needless to say we immediately fell in love with the campus after 16 hours on the road and one speeding ticket later. Benedictine College shaped the man...

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Christopher: The Beautiful Journey to Benedictine College

My parents and I drove to Benedictine in the summer of 1982 after multiple college visits in the Midwest and South. Needless to say we immediately fell in love with the campus after 16 hours on the road and one speeding ticket later. Benedictine College shaped the man I was to become as a Husband, Dad, Coach, and Friend. The Christian values and teachings on campus along with the wonderful teachers, coaches, and mentors made me who I am today. God Blessed me by guiding me to Atchison, Kansas on that last minute journey before I chose a college in June 1982. One of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. The Benedictine Spirit lives in me and makes me smile every time I think of that beautiful place on the Missouri River.

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Sylvia: My Benedictine story

Benedictine College was a wonderful experience for me. My family has quite a legacy. St. Benedict’s College and Mount St. Scholastica College (MSSC) were in the process of merging when I attended and became Benedictine College my senior year. My Dad graduated from St....

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Sylvia: My Benedictine story

Benedictine College was a wonderful experience for me. My family has quite a legacy. St. Benedict’s College and Mount St. Scholastica College (MSSC) were in the process of merging when I attended and became Benedictine College my senior year. My Dad graduated from St. Benedict’s and my Mom graduated from MSSC in 1934. My 3 older brothers graduated from St. Benedict’s and my youngest brother graduated from Benedictine. Some of my cousins also attended the college.
The teachers at Benedictine were amazing. I majored in Mathematics and planned to pursue a career in teaching. I was a member of the ‘Religious Affairs Committee’. This influenced my future and I was always grateful for my faith and beliefs. I met my husband Patrick McGee my freshman year. He was from Peoria, Illinois and a year ahead of me.
We always tried to attend alumni events in Atchison. When we lived in the Kansas City area, we would drive to Atchison to attend Homecoming. Our daughter Molly attended Benedictine and graduated in 2005. I hope that in the future Benedictine College continues to help students to be the best they can be.

Gerald: Delia, Kansas boy comes to the best college in the state.

I arrived at St, Benedict’s College in the fall of 1958, following my brother, Jim, who graduated from St. Benedict’s that spring. I am very grateful for the education I received from the best professors, priests, and lay staff who helped to strengthen my belief in...

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Gerald: Delia, Kansas boy comes to the best college in the state.

I arrived at St, Benedict’s College in the fall of 1958, following my brother, Jim, who graduated from St. Benedict’s that spring.
I am very grateful for the education I received from the best professors, priests, and lay staff who helped to strengthen my belief in God and the Catholic Church, and helped develop the skills needed for teaching, coaching, marriage, and fatherhood.
I have enjoyed over 45 years teaching, coaching, and serving as a high school administrator. During that time I was drafted into the US Army, serving with the 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam.
1958 through 1962 were 4 great years making memories and wonderful friendships that have lasted 60 plus years.
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A meaningful experience of faith and friendship.

Karen: A meaningful experience of faith and friendship.

My life was forever changed when I became a Raven a good number of years ago. I was immersed in a culture of respect for life and reverence for all things. It was incredible to go to chapel and sit among the monks on a daily basis. This was my time to reflect and be...

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Karen: A meaningful experience of faith and friendship.

My life was forever changed when I became a Raven a good number of years ago. I was immersed in a culture of respect for life and reverence for all things. It was incredible to go to chapel and sit among the monks on a daily basis. This was my time to reflect and be thankful for where I was in my life. I remember very engaging and thoughtful talks with Sister Mary Faith. She would encourage me get off the beaten path and explore. Walking behind the monastery down to the Missouri river with friends was such a great shared experience. Benedictine College taught me to search for meaning in my life and something I continue to also encourage in my life’s work as a college professor. My hope for this community is continued investment in all people and sharing the Catholic faith.

Mick: Terrific College Experience

Started at St Benedicts College in 1960. It was an awesome experience. A number of us from St Louis started the Varsity soccer team as a club sport when football was dropped. Mr Whitman was the faculty moderator. It was gratifying to see the soccer program evolve as a...

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Mick: Terrific College Experience

Started at St Benedicts College in 1960. It was an awesome experience. A number of us from St Louis started the Varsity soccer team as a club sport when football was dropped. Mr Whitman was the faculty moderator. It was gratifying to see the soccer program evolve as a major sport for men and women. The education was excellent and prepared me for a successful career. Most of the friends developed during those years, have remained friends. Great university, great education, great athletic programs, and great religious experience to keep me and my family on the right track.

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Ellen: The tradition continues

Benedictine has had a huge impact on my life. I met my husband, Brendan, class of 1977, at BC. We were both involved in the Drama Department under the direction of Doug McKenzie. We got married in July 1978 after I graduated. We stayed in touch with other alumni who...

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Ellen: The tradition continues

Benedictine has had a huge impact on my life. I met my husband, Brendan, class of 1977, at BC. We were both involved in the Drama Department under the direction of Doug McKenzie. We got married in July 1978 after I graduated. We stayed in touch with other alumni who were involved in the Twin Campus Players over the years. There are so many wonderful memories, sorrows and joys shared. I’ve uploaded a photo from a reunion in 2017 in Gleneden Beach Oregon where Doug and his lovely wife, Sandy, have retired.

My great nephew, Tommy Hofbauer, graduated BC in 2018. It’s wonderful to see the impact of Benedictine continues on with each new generation.

Douglas: The Gift of an SBC Education

As a high school senior in 1964 my mother and I had been able to save enough money to cover one semester of college tuition at Kansas State University, where several of my friends had made plans to attend. We had no plans beyond that. Our parish priest, Fr. Valentine...

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Douglas: The Gift of an SBC Education

As a high school senior in 1964 my mother and I had been able to save enough money to cover one semester of college tuition at Kansas State University, where several of my friends had made plans to attend. We had no plans beyond that.
Our parish priest, Fr. Valentine Boyle, O.Carm., had asked me what I planned to do after high school and whether we had considered St. Benedict’s College. We had not thought about SBC due to the cost.
During the summer months I mowed the grass for the mother of Fr. Hillary Heim, OSB, who lived near us.
He and Fr. Valentine assisted me in completing my application to St. Benedict’s and in obtaining a partial scholarship. Jobs at SBC during the school year and summers enabled me to graduate debt free.
I went on to law school and retired this past June after 50 years of practice.
I will always remember how I was blessed by the start that SBC gave me. As my mother said, “I just feel such a sense of peace here.” I have visited Benedictine College frequently over the years and I still feel that sense of peace.
I know that Benedictine College will continue to grow and fulfill its mission to its students and to the greater community. This can happen with the outstanding support of its alumni and benefactors around the world.

Doug Waters, C’68

Mary: My story begins with the best education in the whole world.

After completing my education I have become involved in many ways helping people learn more about the Catholic Church especially the Liturgy. I spent 37 years teaching in RCIA in the Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana. I also was on many committees for the diocese and...

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Mary: My story begins with the best education in the whole world.

After completing my education I have become involved in many ways helping people learn more about the Catholic Church especially the Liturgy. I spent 37 years teaching in RCIA in the Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana. I also was on many committees for the diocese and helped teach in the program for St Joseph College, Rensellear, IN where I received a BA in Lay Ecclesial Ministry. I chose to attend MSSC because most of the nuns who had taught me in grade school and college had attended classes there. I hope the school can continue to grow and influence the world.
When I was on a trip to Italy I learned something as the bus pulled to a stop in Monte Cassino. The tour guide said “Anyone with a Benedictine Education has the best education in the world.” I only had 17 years.

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Roberta: Attentive to the Spirit

I began my college study at Mount St. Scholastica College in the fall of 1953. My goal was to study piano and music education. Because I had not had religious studies since 8th grade I sought a Catholic College. I rode the California Zephyr from Chillicothe, Illinois...

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Roberta: Attentive to the Spirit

I began my college study at Mount St. Scholastica College in the fall of 1953. My goal was to study piano and music education. Because I had not had religious studies since 8th grade I sought a Catholic College. I rode the California Zephyr from Chillicothe, Illinois (near Peoria) to Kansas City. There I waited for another train to Atchison. I was told to bring a footlocker for my belongings. My “room” was St. Catherine’s Dormitory where 49 other young girls slept. Sister Joachim was our proctor.
We began each day attending Mass, then breakfast where fresh bread met us as we approached. Classes followed. I spent some hours in the piano practice room and then study hall each evening.
Since I was on a scholarship, I was serious about my grades. I recall taking woodwinds and percussion classes where I practiced the flute, clarinet, snare drum and tympani. I was in a vocal schola led by Sister Joachim and occasionally Fr. Blaine. I was inducted in Sigma Alpha Iota, a music fraternity. I was in the chorus and had a small part in the musical “Brigadoon”. I also was on the basketball team.
At the conclusion of our fall retreat I remained in chapel after all my schoolmates left. I felt somehow touched by the Spirit of God. I knew that I was sensitive to the dedication of the Benedictine Sisters teaching and administering at the Mount. I seriously considered entering religious community from that time and followed through with my intention. The next fall, September 8, 1984, I entered the community of Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception in Peoria, Illinois. There I served the Church as a teacher and Religious Education Director for 21 years.
I hope other students are likewise moved by the presence of the Spirit while at Benedictine and offer their lives in church service.