Activities and Service

Bioethics

Bioethics

Bioethics is new to the Benedictine curriculum.  Mr. John Fogarty introduced the course to freshmen and seniors during the '17-18 school year.  Going forward, it will be made available to all four classes.

The point of the course is to develop in our young men an appreciation for the human condition.  Leadership skills are naturally enhanced by exposure to such thought.

The course tackles such questions as:  What is the "right thing" to do? How can I be a better man?  What obligations do we have and what do we expect from our fellow man?  How do we address the moral dilemmas of modern life? 

We are not afraid to take on the hard questions within the framework of modern healthcare.  In our classes we expand the students' comprehension of Christian philosophy as it relates to the tangle of challenges and the contentious issues that spark today's debates.

A multidisciplinary course, bioethics blends theology, philosophy and law with the medical humanities with a goal of helping to fulfill our school mission of developing Christian men of conscience, discipline and achievement.

Community Service

Community Service

  • Minimum of 20 hours required for each year through Junior Year
    • Administered through the Theology Department
    • Completed Forms (Benedictine Website>Parent Portal>School Documents>Community Service Form) should be turned in to your son's Theology Teacher
    • LOTS of things count - service to church, community, and Benedictine Service Opportunities will be publicized on the weekly "This Week at BCP" email blast

Emmaus

Emmaus
The Emmaus Group was started during the 2013-14 school year. It provides a means of exploring the possibility of a vocational calling. Additionally, it promotes leadership of our students within the Church. The group currently has about a dozen and a half members. It meets the first Friday of each month during the school year.
 
Typically, a priest will discuss his experiences while sharing lunch with the Cadets. Membership is open only to sophomores, juniors and seniors.

Members are expected to perform one of several functions during Corps Mass: ushering, singing in the choir, serving on the altar or reading scripture.
 
During the past two years, the group has made a journey to Washington, D.C. One year, the trip was a team-building exercise which included attending a Washington Nationals baseball game. The next year, the trip was even more exciting, as the Emmaus Group helped welcome Pope Francis to D.C.
 
Group Point of Contact: Mr. Grapes

FCA/Key Club

FCA/Key Club

The Benedictine Key Club is a student-led organization that provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership.Our Key Club is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Richmond.

The Kiwanis Club of Richmond provides oversight and community service opportunities to our club members as well as scholarship opportunities.

The operation of one of the water points for the Richmond Monument Avenue 10K Race is the major annual event that Benedictine jointly supports with the Kiwanians. Benedictine Key Clubbers also plan, organize and execute many other community service activities throughout the year.

Club Point of Contact: Mr. Bumbulsky

March For Life

News Article - When March Happens in January:
Emmaus Cadets Attend Annual ‘March for Life’ Protest

By: Jaymare Fleming '18

On January 19, the Emmaus Group at Benedictine College Preparatory at-tended the annual “March for Life” pro-test held in Washington, D.C. This year the Cadets travelled to D.C. about twen-ty deep. Senior Gerson Carrera took the trip for the second time. “I went to March for Life because I believe in the pro-life movement,” he said. “It’s hard to believe that we’ve gone decades with abortion being legal. I don’t understand why a lot of people don’t understand that the ends don’t justify the means and that there are no circumstances that justify a wrong action.”

Carrera added, “March for Life is an opportunity for citizens to vote their thoughts on abortion. It tells the govern-ment that there are a lot of people who are willing to travel far, interrupt their daily routine and join together to give our thoughts.  We met people from dif-ferent places and I was delighted to be a part of it.”

The Emmaus Group was started during the 2013-14 school year. It provides a means of exploring the possibility of a vocational calling. Additionally, it promotes leadership of our students within the Church. Members are expected to per-form one of several functions during Corps Mass: ushering, singing in the choir, serving on the altar or reading scripture. Although the protest was optional for the Emmaus Cadets, almost all of the members were in attendance.

The March for Life is an annual rally protesting both the practice and legality of abortion, held in Washington, D.C. on or around the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, a landmark decision that was issued in 1973 by the United States Supreme Court decriminalizing abortion.

The March, whose  stated mission is “to provide all Americans with a place to testify to the beauty of life and the dignity of each human person,” advocates for overturning Roe v. Wade. It is organized by the March for Life Education and Defense Fund.
The first March for Life, which was founded by Nellie Gray, was held in January 1973, on the West Steps of the Capitol, with an estimated 20,000 sup-porters in attendance. The march was originally intended to be a one-time event, in hopes that the United States Supreme Court would reverse Roe v. Wade a year after its ruling.  After the first march in 1974, however, Gray took steps to institute the rally as a yearly event, until Roe v. Wade is overturned, by incorporating more grassroots pro-life activists into the March, which would later be officially recognized as a nonprofit organization the same year.

This year’s March for Life proceedings began around noon. It consisted of a rally at the National Mall near Fourth Street. It was followed by a march that traveled down Constitution Avenue NW, turned right at First Street NE, and then ended on the steps of the Supreme Court of the United States, where another rally was held. Many protesters started the day by delivering roses and by lobbying members of Congress. Between 2003 and 2012, the marches drew crowds estimated in the hundreds of thousands.  In 2013, abortion opponents estimated the march drew 650,000. As with all large crowd estimates, the generated number of attendees reported differ, with sources indicating from thousands to tens of thousands. In 2016, the March proceeded despite a blizzard that dropped over twenty-four inches of snow in Washington D.C. Many teenagers and college students attend the March each year, typically traveling with church or youth groups. A columnist for The Washington Post estimated that about half of the marchers are under age 30.

This protest is a positive protest meant to take a stand for women and to end abortion. A strong advocate for this protest in the Emmaus group is senior Cadet Andrew Craven. “I have been to the march over six times, it’s always a great experience with the group I go up with, and I always gain spiritual motivation leaving the event. ” When asked why he supported the movement, he said, “It’s a combination of reflecting on horrible images and statistics, and also seeing the amazing people that come out every year. I hope people will continue to fight every year.”

Hopefully, the Benedictine community will continue to show support by attending this annual event, as they have done in the past. This year was a success in terms of attendance, but it remains to be seen whether that success will be translated into legislative action.

RAMPS

RAMPS

RAMPS stands for Ramp Access Made Possible by Students. RAMPS is a nonprofit organization that provides pre-fabricated modular ramps to wheelchair bound individuals. The organization was started by three high school students ten years ago.

With our newly formed club the organization is up to 8 total clubs operating in high schools all over the Richmond area. The organization allows high school students the opportunity to truly change the lives of those less fortunate, while also developing team work, leadership, and fundraising experience.

This past December, our club was fortunate enough to build and successfully complete our first two ramp projects. The ramps were already fully funded and in desperate need for a club to step up and take the reins on the assembly/installation work.

We saw a great opportunity and volunteered to take on both projects, delivering both ramp recipients an early Christmas present during the holiday season.

Point of Contact: Mr. Berling.