A new Corps is upon you, a Corps of young men.
We will form Cadets as Christian men of conscience, discipline and achievement.
That is our shared responsibility. I would like to focus on the words of that mission, as they are of paramount importance:
We: As an institute of the Catholic Church, we recognize that the family is the "first church". Adolescent formation begins at home. However, we also understand that the cadets spend more time with our faculty, coaches, monks and military cadre each day than with their parents. Our responsibility in their formation is great, and shared.
Will: Do you hate the word "try"? When did failure become an acceptable option? We aren't talking about ball games; we are talking about the souls of young men. We must be successful.
Form: Virtuous men aren't made. Jesus didn't make apostles. He formed them through witness and instruction. You formed these young men for many years. We will continue the task with you.
Christian: We are a Catholic school. The definition of Catholic is "universal." We take all comers. Our mission is not to make a young man Catholic. However, he will learn how to exercise his conscience, appreciate Christian virtue and seek truth in Christ.
Men: There is a crisis of men in this country. Saint Paul calls men "to love your wives even as Christ loved the church” (Eph 5:25). Yet, we have world’s highest national divorce rate and prisons overflowing with fatherless sons. Someone must answer the call to make real men of faith - selfless and self-disciplined. Give us your boys; we will make them men.
Conscience: Some schools, even supposedly Christian ones, are afraid to say conscience. They prefer something more ambiguous, like values. Why? Recognizing the existence of a conscience requires the recognition of God and his work within you. We are not afraid to say it.
Discipline: To some people, discipline has a negative connotation. It should not. The “man of discipline” implies he who maintains the self-control and moral courage to do the right thing when no one is looking. A disciplined man is proud of something larger than himself: his God, his family and his Corps. He makes choices to reflect well on those that he loves.
Achievement: Who owes you something? No one. We earn everything we get, including respect. Entitlement is the enemy of success. Hope, faith and hard work are its guarantors. When we train young men to act according to a properly formed conscience and exercise self-discipline, they will have no choice but to achieve.
Benedictine will form Cadets as Christian men of conscience, discipline and achievement.
This is our mission. I expect to hear from you if we fail. We must succeed.
Semper Fidelis and God Bless,
Benedictine College Preparatory