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.


WATCH: Young Men Knocking at the Abbey Door

Nine days before Benedictine College’s Freshmen Move-in-Day, it was Move-in-Day for the monks of St. Benedict’s Abbey.

At Vespers prayer on the vigil of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, three young men entered the postulancy at the Abbey located on the campus of Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas.

The video depicts the ancient ceremony through which candidates enter an Abbey for discernment. John, (Michael) David, and Thomas will spend the next four months living and praying with the monks, and perhaps stay much longer.

As the Kansas Monks website puts it, “No vow binds them to the Abbey and they are welcome to leave at any time. That being stated, every journey has a first step! Join us in praying for these men as they continue to discern God’s will in their lives.”

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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.