Benedictine College Celebrates John Paul II

Beatification-Related Events Set for April 25 - May 1

  • Monday, April 25, 2011

Students at Benedictine College, Atchison, Kan., grew up with Pope John Paul II as the leader of the Church and had a great love of the Pontiff due to his affinity for the world’s youth. At the time of his death in 2005, he had been the only Pope this generation had known. His call for a new evangelization inspired young Catholics to grow and mature in their own faith, and then to learn how to model Christ to the world. The student body, along with faculty and staff of the college, are excited to see Pope John Paul II elevated to this next step in the canonization process.


Benedictine College ministry, students and administrators have planned a weeklong series of events dubbed the Pope John Paul II Beatification Celebration. Events include a prayer vigil, a movie, a guest speaker who flew the Pope’s Shepherd I jet, a movie, a live beatification watch party, a Mass and much more. Here is a complete list of the events:



  • In the foyer of St. Benedict’s Abbey Church – Panels showing the Papal pilot’s experiences with JP II.
  • In the College Cafeteria – Panel display showing historic newspaper coverage of JP II from Fr. Matthew Habiger, OSB


Thursday, April 28, 7 p.m. in Guadalupe Chapel – St. Paul Outreach Prayer Meeting.


Thursday, April 28, 9 p.m. to Saturday, April 30, 7 p.m. in St. Joseph Chapel - JP II Prayer Vigil. Students have signed up for an hour of adoration during the JP II Prayer Vigil. FOCUS has organized this adoration vigil in the St. Joseph Chapel on the lower level of St. Benedict’s Abbey Church from Thursday at 9 p.m. until Saturday night at 7 p.m., when the Benedictine Monks begin their vigil in the main Abbey Church and carry it through the night.


Thursday, April 28, 10 p.m. in O’Malley-McAllister Auditorium – Movie. Watch “Nine Days that Changed the World,” the inspiring documentary on Pope John Paul II’s historic visit to the heart of communism and how it changed Europe.


Friday, April 29, 3 p.m. in O’Malley-McAllister Auditorium, “In the Company of a Saint.” Come hear Nelson Krueger, Shepherd I pilot for Pope John Paul II’s 1979 visit to the U.S. A reception will follow in the Atrium.


Friday, April 29, 8 p.m. in O’Malley-McAllister Auditorium - Jam for the Lamb. Benedictine College students will perform in this musical celebration dedicated to Pope John Paul II.


Saturday, April 30, 9 p.m. at the FOCUS residence in Atchison (above the Iron Horse Restaurant) - FOCUS Pope Party.


Sunday, May 1, 3 a.m. in Legacy Lounge - Beatification Watch Party. Don’t miss your chance to see the events of JP II’s beatification, live from Rome on EWTN.


Sunday, May 1, 9 a.m. in Guadalupe Chapel – Divine Mercy Chaplet. Join others to pray The Chaplet of The Divine Mercy before Mass.


Sunday, May 1, 10 a.m. in St. Benedict’s Abbey Church - Mass of Thanksgiving. Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate the Rite of the Beatification of the Venerable Servant of God John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla) at the Vatican on May 1, 2011, Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy. In honor of this occasion, the Benedictine College St. Martin Center is sponsoring a special Mass of Thanksgiving and celebration to be hosted at the Abbey Church. Archbishop Joseph Naumann will preside at the Mass which is open to everyone throughout the Archdiocese. Students in RCIA will receive the Sacraments during Mass. The service will include a short video of Pope Benedict XVI celebrating the Rite of the Beatification. Following the Mass, there will be a procession to Mary’s Grotto for the traditional May Crowning.