Prayer and Reflection
Each morning, just prior to the start of the day's first class session, the battalion chaplain says a prayer over our school's intercom system.
Additionally, at the start of each of the remaining seven sessions, each of the class leaders intones a prayer, under the guidance of their teachers. Grace is said at each of our two lunch periods. We also start all assemblies, faculty/staff meetings and sports competitions with a special blessing.
"Prayer gives a man the opportunity of getting to know a gentleman he hardly ever meets. I do not mean his maker, but himself."
--William Ralph Inge
The entire student body attends Mass as a group. This service is held once a week. Sometimes the Mass falls on Holy Days of Obligation. Sometimes it is held in conjunction with an event, such as a recognition of those Cadets who have passed before us.
Most times, however, there is no "special" reason, other than providing an opportunity for reflection while participating in the celebration of the Eucharist.
Benedictine welcomes students from all faith traditions and invites them to participate fully with the Corps of Cadets in the education and character formation offered by the school. Benedictine respects the faith traditions of all its students. Participation in the theology courses and religious services is not intended for the purpose of proselytizing.
Its purpose is to give all students a greater understanding and appreciation that faith and the worship of God are among the duties of a good man. In keeping with the Benedictine public identity and mission, the faith and worship are in the tradition of the Catholic Church.
Each of the four classes has its own annual retreat. A day-long event, the retreat provides the class with a great opportunity to reflect on Christian principles while building the bonds of friendship through shared experiences.
Article on the Sophomore Retreat
By: Josiah Worley, Class of 2020
On this past Tuesday the sophomore Cadets traveled to St. Joseph's Catholic Church for its class retreat. The retreat was designed to bring the class closer to God and to each other. The ceremonies were led by Father Gordon, Mr. Doran, Mr. Long, Mr. Cota and Mr. McKenna. Also, the guest speaker was Mrs. Bean, who described to the class her encounters with Mary. The whole retreat was focused on miracles and the faith.
Father Gordon came in and explained the importance of faith, love and charity. He soon blessed the class as it was sent off to lunch. The students enjoyed a meal of wings and pizza from Wegmans.
The Cadets started their day off with a traditional Latin Mass and lots of prayer. Soon Mrs. Bean talked to the class about her miracle in France. Mrs. Bean explained she was paralyzed, but her life turned around with her visit to Lourdes, France. Father Gordon came in and explained the importance of faith, love and charity. He soon blessed the class as it was sent off to lunch. The students enjoyed a meal of wings and pizza from Wegmans.
After the lunch, the Cadets has the opportunity to confess their sins in the chapel. The day concluded with a movie full of miracles and important events in the faith. Lukily, the Cadets were able to get back to school at 2:30 p.m. and enjoyed an early release.