Living the Dream

Grapple on the Gridiron


The Corps of Cadets is unified in its support for all of its members.  That level of support is unheard of at any other place.  It is also earned by the structure of the Benedictine day and by the Benedictine way.

Here are some of the ways you're asked to meet the daily challenge of life as a Cadet:

  1. The school day begins at 7:40 a.m., except on Thursdays, when formation is at 8:30.
  2. That early start has a Cadet in formation with his fellow students.
  3. First period begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. with announcements and a prayer before diving into some serious learning.
  4. Students have four minutes between classes, so they have to be prepared (i.e. not have to return to lockers at each bell).
  5. A Cadet's schedule has eight periods.
  6. Those periods include a theology class and a military leadership class.
  7. Lunch lasts 26 minutes.
  8. The school day wraps up with afternoon formation, at 3:20.

Benedictine also has some longer-term life-building events, as well:

  1. The best and loudest cheering section in RVA for both football and basketball.
  2. Orientation (as discussed in "In the Military" section of leadership).
  3. Participation in the annual Richmond Christmas Parade.
  4. Pep Rallies
  5. The Mother-Son Mass and Dinner in the fall.
  6. The Father-Son Mass and Dinner in the spring.
  7. Field Days with Saint Gertrude High School.
  8. Class retreats.
  9. Massive opportunities to participate in sports and other extracurricular activities.
  10. The chance to tell the world you are a Benedictine Man.