Religious Leadership

“Well done is better than well said.” – Benjamin Franklin

At Benedictine, Cadets are not just told what is right, but are presented a model of honorable conduct on a daily basis. The influence of the Benedictine monks is critical in this effort, as they devote their entire life to Christ’s work. Benedictine Cadets are fortunate to benefit from the spiritual education and inspiration of the monks of Mary Mother of the Church Abbey, as well as deacons and priests of other religious orders teaching and working at Benedictine on a daily basis.

The Benedictine Monks of Mary Mother of the Church Abbey

The Benedictine Monks of Richmond seek God above all in our prayer, worship and work. Visit our site so that we may introduce you to our mission.

Visit the Mary Mother of the Church Abbey

Serving at the Altar of God

Altar servers are chosen from among the faithful who display a desire to serve in a more intimate way during the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It is an extreme privilege to kneel so close to the altar as Jesus Christ becomes truly present, body, blood, soul and divinity, at the moment of Consecration.

A server is uniquely joined in the Heavenly Supper of the Lamb and serves in the company of those eternally singing "Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!"

The primary duty of a server is to assist the priests and deacons as the mystery of the Last Supper and Calvary becomes present again at the Consecration. All actions of the server are woven from signs and symbols whose meaning is rooted in the works of creation and in human culture, specified by events in the Old Testament, and fully revealed in the Person and work of Jesus Christ.

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