Benedictine Grotto Hosts May Crowning

  • Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., celebrated the annual May Crowning on Sunday night, May 6, 2012, at Mary's Grotto on the college campus.  Students who will join women’s religious orders after graduation crowned the statue of Mary in the Grotto.

“Benedictine College is proud of our track record of providing vocations to the Church,” said Father Brendan Rolling, the director for mission and ministry at Benedictine. “Every year, we give back to the Church through committed young men and women whose faith has come alive here and who want to give their lives in service of the Gospel.”

The annual May Crowning is a tradition within the Catholic Church, which has dedicated the month of May to Mary, mother of Jesus.  The tradition holds that early in May, a statue of the Virgin at a parish or school is crowned with a wreath of roses, and the same are laid at her feet.  Benedictine’s May Crowning includes a candle-lit procession from the St. Benedict's Abbey Church to the Grotto.

“The candlelight procession is a beautiful event,” said Stephen D. Minnis, president of Benedictine College.  “It can be very moving and emotional.”

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 consistently named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report. It has also been named a Leader in Educational Excellence by Colleges of Distinction as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College. Benedictine 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.