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.


St. John Paul II on Motherhood

Here are some pictures of Benedictine moms dropping their kids off at school, with John Paul’s reflection on motherhood.

“Motherhood is woman’s vocation. It is an eternal vocation, and it is also a contemporary vocation.

“‘The Mother who understands everything and embraces each of us with her heart’ …

“… these are words of a song, sung by young people in Poland, which come into my mind at this moment.

“The song goes on to announce that today the world is particularly ‘hungry and thirsty’ for that motherhood, which is woman’s vocation physically and spiritually, as it is Mary’s.”

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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.