At different times throughout the year, each class is given its own separate retreat at Mary Mother of the Church Abbey. On the day of the retreat, Cadets report to the Abbey, where monastic priests usually guide lectures and group discussions. The class is offered an opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation as well as Holy Mass in the Abbey Chapel, and also enjoys a meal in the Abbey guest refectory.
Recognizing that once you are a Cadet, you are always a Cadet, the "Remembering Our Cadets" program was started in 2008 to recognize those members of our Benedictine Family who have recently passed away. This includes a moment of silence at formation, a ribbon on the Class photo in our Main Hall, and recognition in our Newsletter and student newspaper. In 2009, Benedictine started the Annual Memorial Mass, which takes place on or near All Soul’s Day (November 2), and the names of those members of our Benedictine family who have passed away since the previous Memorial Mass are read. All are invited to attend this Mass.
Benedictine conducts a short prayer service for all students on the last day of classes before the Corps goes on Thanksgiving and Christmas Break. These services are normally held in the Memorial Gymnasium and are on days when we have early dismissals for the Corps. These services present opportunities to bless our Cadets before they travel to be with family members and allow everyone to reflect on the true meaning of the holidays.
Taking place right before Christmas, Cadets invite their grandparents to attend Mass with them at Saint Benedict Catholic Church. Afterward, the Cadets and grandparents go to the Memorial Gymnasium for lunch. Each class sings for the grandparents, who then vote on a Class winner. A gift is given to each grandparent to honor the special role they play in the lives of the Cadets. The Benedictine PTO hosts this event which began in 1993.
This special event for Cadets and their mothers is hosted at Mary Mother of the Church Abbey by the Benedictine PTO. After Mass in the Abbey Chapel, Cadets and their mothers attend a wonderful dinner in the Dining Hall. A speaker addresses the mothers and their Cadets. Attire for the event is business casual (collared shirt), tie optional.
The Benedictine PTO plans this special event for the Cadets and their fathers at Mary Mother of the Church Abbey. After Mass at the Abbey Chapel, Cadets and their fathers go to the Dining Hall where they share dinner together. A speaker addresses the Cadets and fathers in attendance. Attire for the event is business casual (collared shirt), tie optional.
Commemorating the death of the founder of the Benedictine Order, Saint Benedict of Nursia (March 21st), Cadets spend a school day at the Abbey on or near this date, where they have lunch with the monks and march a passing review in Saint Benedict’s honor.