Benedictine College Prayer Campaign for Religious Liberty

  • Wednesday, February 08, 2012

More than 90% of America's bishops have been joined by religious leaders of other faiths to reject the new Health and Human Services Department plan to force all health insurance plans to cover contraception, including abortifacient contraception.


In response, Kansas City-Kan. Archbishop Joseph Naumann has asked Benedictine College to launch a national Memorare Army prayer campaign (read more at


Following the model of Blessed Mother Teresa's original Memorare Army concept, we hope to gather pledges for  1 million memores for religious liberty and stronger Catholic identity in public life.


“We cannot — we will not — comply with this unjust law,”  Archbishop Joseph  wrote in his letter to Sunday Mass congregations about the mandate. “Our parents and grandparents did not come to these shores to help build America’s cities and towns, its infrastructure and institutions, its enterprise and culture, only to have their posterity stripped of their God-given rights.”


We stand in solidarity with Archbishop Naumann. In fact, the three principal officers of the College — the president, dean and chief financial officer — all submitted testimony to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services protesting this regulation. Benedictine College was one 18 colleges that joined with the Cardinal Newman Society in joint appeal.


 “As an institution of higher education, our mission is the education of men and women within a community of faith and scholarship,” Dean Shankman wrote at the time. “While the inculcation of religious values is not our primary purpose, (and, therefore, we do not qualify under the exceptionally narrow definition of a religious organization contained within the regulations) nevertheless, adherence to the tenets of our faith is an obligation central to our identity as a Catholic college.”


Article such as the National Catholic Register's "Never Was it Known ..." and Archbishop Naumann's "How Prayer Stopped a Kansas Storm"  have covered Benedictine College's original Memorare Armies.


Click here to join the Memorare Army. Please share this important prayer campaign with friends via Facebook, Twitter and e-mail.