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.


IMAGES: St. John Paul II Relic Visits Benedictine College

Students lined up and patiently waited to venerate a visiting relic of Saint John Paul II on Monday night.

The relic, a drop of blood on a cloth, traveled from the saint’s country of birth, Poland, as part of the John Paul II Project, a Kraków-based initiative combining pilgrimage and study to teach about the pope’s legacy.

The night began with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament…

… followed by a presentation from the founder of the John Paul II Project.

The students then had the opportunity to touch the relic and write down their prayer intentions in a book that will be brought back to Kraków, Poland.

It was a short but beautiful visit from an incredible saint. Saint John Paul II, pray for us.

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Benedictine College


Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.