The Gregorian Institute Shield, composed of the crossed gold and silver keys of the Papal Insignia, an open book with the words 'Via Veritas Vita' ('The Way, the Truth, and the Life') written on its pages, three golden six-sided stars on a red banner, and a Germanic cross.


Institute for Missionary Activity in the News

News-Press photo of David Trotter, Benedictine College's director for the Institute of Missionary Activity. News-Press photo of David Trotter, Benedictine College’s director for the Institute of Missionary Activity.

The News-Press of St. Joseph, Mo., has printed a story about Benedictine College’s new Insistute for Missionary Activity. The paper quotes that program’s director, David Trotter … and also Dr. Joseph Wurtz, director of the Gregorian Fellows program.

Wurtz told the paper: “I think students will benefit from the Institute for Missionary Activity because they will receive multifaceted training and intentional formation to make them desirable to a multitude of employers both domestically and internationally.” He said Trotter “has already developed relationships with a host of constituents who are eager to hire the graduates of the IMA. I believe the Catholic Church and our country will abundantly reap the benefits of this missionary generation.”

One small victory: The Institute is already causing the secular media to write about the New Evangelization.

“One of the institute’s main focuses is a concept called New Evangelization,” explained the reporter, “an expression used by Pope John Paul II to describe the Catholic Church’s approach to missionary work in modern culture.”

It also announced our big upcoming event. “The Symposium on Advancing the New Evangelization will take place March 23 and 24 and address topics such as media, literature, international mission work, social justice, post-modernism and more. One keynote speaker at the symposium — which is directed toward professors and other professionals but is open to students, as well — will be Barbara Nicolosi, founder and chair emeritus of Act One Inc. of Hollywood. The other will be Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City.”

For more information on the symposium, or the Institute for Missionary Activity contact David Trotter:

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Tom Hoopes


Tom Hoopes, author of The Rosary of Saint John Paul II, The Fatima Family Handbook and What Pope Francis Really Said, is writer in residence at Benedictine College in Kansas. A former reporter in the Washington, D.C., area, he served as press secretary of the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee Chairman and spent 10 years as executive editor of the National Catholic Register newspaper and Faith & Family magazine. His work frequently appears in Catholic publications such as Aleteia and the Register. He lives in Atchison, Kansas, with his wife, April, and has nine children.