About the Gregorian Fellows


The Gregorian Fellows Leadership Program at Benedictine College promotes Catholic identity in public life by equipping current Catholic leaders with the principles of Catholic identity in their field and by forming a new generation of Catholic leaders who unite faith and reason in their work.


  • To effect a transformation of individuals through intellectual, personal, and spiritual formation
  • To inspire future leadership of self and others through individual reflection, discussion of enduring questions using classic and contemporary works, and experiential learning
  • To contribute to the renewal of Catholic culture and freedom of religious expression in America through leadership in student, community, civic, and ecclesial organizations
  • To disseminate the distinctive charism of Benedictine spirituality by providing a more in-depth education in this religious tradition
  • To support the future life and work of the Church, by fostering a deeper commitment to the Roman Catholic faith and to campus/parish communities

Program Description

Founded in 2011 and named for St. Gregory the Great, the first Benedictine to become Pope, the Gregorian Fellows leadership program is a unique educational opportunity for students to combine intellectual and moral formation with practical leadership skills to serve on campus and in the world.



Gregorian Fellows take part in a Fellows-only retreat that consists of academic and practical components.

Presidential Roundtable

Gregorian Fellows meet with the President of the College for luncheon discussions of key issues of the day and their role in shaping American culture.

Campus Involvement

Gregorian Fellows are required to join a campus club or organization for the year to both observe peer leadership and to serve an active role on campus or in the community.

Fellows Forum

Gregorian Fellows meet at a monthly gathering of Fellows and a facilitator at which participants will discuss classic and contemporary texts that shed light on enduring questions and significant aspects of the human experience.

Fellows Workshops

Gregorian Fellows learn specific competencies to assist them in their effectiveness as leaders in society and for the Church.

Discovery Research Project

Gregorian Fellows attend Discovery Day to be exposed to peer research and observe and critique oral forms of communication. Later in the program, Fellows conduct their own collaborative research project through the Discovery Program, Benedictine College’s undergraduate research opportunity.

Gregorian Scholarship

Gregorian Fellows receive a $2,000 scholarship after their Freshman year that can be spent on any approved educational endeavor.  

Distinguished Speaker Series

Gregorian Fellows attend on-campus lectures delivered by accomplished scholars and leaders who are experts in their fields or organizations.

Summoning the Fellows for Counsel

Gregorian Fellows exclusively meet and converse with the distinguished speakers to delve deeper into the presenter’s topic or area of expertise.

Contact Us

Dr. Joseph Wurtz, director, the Gregorian Fellows

Tom Hoopes, editor, the Gregorian Institute