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VIDEO: Rod Dreher’s ‘Benedictine College Option’

Rod Dreher, author of New York Times bestselling The Benedict Option, visited Benedictine College March 31-April 1 and very graciously wrote and spoke about what he found here.

See an interview video above. On his blog, he wrote:

“I’ve never been to Benedictine College, but — wow. It is very easy for me, living inside my online silo, to become too focused on doom and gloom. So to come to a place like this little orthodox Catholic liberal arts college on the Missouri River, and to see so many young people who are faithful, happy, and … normal — well, I can’t tell you how encouraging it is.”

He went on to compare the college to the Benedict Option:

“What they’re doing at this small liberal arts Catholic college is a great example of the Benedict Option. The thickness and the richness of the traditional spiritual and intellectual life here is startling, in a very, very good way. It’s great to be able to point to one more place in the world and say, ‘There! What they’re doing there — go see it, and learn from it.’”

Find Dreher’s book here. Find an article on the Symposium that featured Dreher on campus here. Find more Gregorian posts on the Benedict Option here.

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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.