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Spiritual Growth

Pope John Paul II Distinguished Speaker Series

The Benedictine College St. Martin Center is proud to bring today’s top Catholic speakers to the BC community. Previous speakers include two Papal Nuncios, Cardinal Schonborn, Fr. Benedict Groeschel, Blessed Mother Theresa, Jeff Cavins, Dr. Helen Alvare, Dr. Janet Smith, and Dr. Scott Hahn. Contact the Evangelization Team for more information.

Focus Bible Study

Join in weekly men's or women's small group FOCUS Bible studies, one-on-one mentorships, fellowship time, and leadership training.  Started in 1998 at Benedictine College, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students challenges students to live out chastity, sobriety, and excellence and equips students to live and defend their faith.  Missionaries at Benedictine strive to bring the truth and love of Jesus Christ to campus. Students of all faiths are welcome.  For more information, please contact Leonard Gutierrez.

Benedictine College Rome Pilgrimage

Walk with the saints on a unique pilgrimage to Rome each Spring Break. Stay in the heart of Rome less than two blocks from the Vatican. Travel in a small group along the streets of the ancient saints, martyrs, and popes of Rome visiting many beautiful churches, saints' tombs, and historical sites typically missed by the average tourist itinerary. Contact Ryan Conklin for more information.

Benedictine College Holy Land Pilgrimage

Discover theology in geography as you walk in the footsteps of the Messiah the week after commencement. Experience the places of every Rosary mystery. Explore Nazareth and Galilee in northern Israel, then travel south through the Jordan Valley to Massada, the Dead Sea, Bethlehem, Elizabeth's house, the Mount of Olives and Jerusalem. Contact Ryan Conklin for more information.

Knights of Columbus

This fraternal organization meets monthly and is open to all practicing Catholic men. The mission of members is to take a leadership role in a wide variety of ministries that serve both the Church and community. Most of the work is charitable. Those who belong give freely of their time to the Church and the community. For more information, contact the Knights of Columbus.

Local Pilgrimages

Join Benedictine College Ministry as we trek to the holy places on the great high plains. Local pilgrimages include traveling to the tomb of Mother Bridget Hayden in Saint Paul, KS, the chapel of St. Philipine Duchesne, south of Kansas City, Fr. Kaupan, near Wichita, and beautiful churches and grottos. Contact the Evangelization Team for more information.

Catholic Artists Series

Previous musicians include Tom Booth, Matt Maher, and Adam Bitter. Contact the Evangelization Team for more information.

Life of Prayer

Divine Praise

Divine Praise is a school-wide night of praise and worship with adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. This night of worship is held in the Guadalupe Chapel of St. Benedict's Abbey one Friday each month from 7-9 p.m. To get involved or volunteer with this ministry, contact the Evangelization Team.

Prayer Meetings

St. Paul’s Outreach (SPO) households host a time prayer various times throughout the week. For more information please contact Jessica Ackerman.


Traditional Catholic processions are held on campus. Eucharistic processions celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King and Spring Service Day. Marian processions to Mary’s Grotto celebrate major Marian feasts including the birth of Mary, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, May Crowning, and the Baccalaureate March of Light. For more information, contact the Chapel Team.

Guadalupe Day

Our mission is to celebrate Jesus’ mother Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, and her appearance to St. Juan Diego in Mexico City. Contact the Chapel Team for more information.

Divine Office with St. Benedict's Abbey

All students are invited to join the monks in praying the Divine Office:


Vigils/Lauds - 5:45 a.m.

Midday Prayer - 11:45 a.m.

Vespers - 5:00 p.m.   

Compline - 7:30 p.m.

Vigils/Lauds - 5:45 a.m.

Midday Prayer - 11:45 a.m.

Vespers - 5:45 p.m.

Eucharistic Adoration Holy Hour - 7:00 p.m.

Vigils/Lauds - 6:30 a.m. 

Midday Prayer - 12:05 p.m.

Vespers - 5:00 p.m.

Divine Office with Mount St. Scholastica Monastery

801 S. 8th St., Atchison, Kansas 66002

All students are invited to join the sisters in praying the Divine Office:


6:30 a.m. - Morning Praise

12:45 p.m. - Midday Praise

5:30 p.m. - Evening Praise

8:45 a.m. - Morning Praise

12:45 p.m. - Midday Praise

6:30 p.m. - Evening Praise

8:45 a.m. - Morning Praise

12:30 p.m. - Midday Praise

5:00 p.m. - Evening Praise

Divine Mercy Chaplet

Come, pray and sing the Divine Mercy Chaplet every Friday at 3 p.m. in St. Martin's Chapel.  Contact the Chapel Team for more information.

Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross are offered during Lent at 3 p.m. on Friday afternoons. A guide to the Stations is available all year round in the back of St. Martin’s Chapel. Students are also invited to pray at the outdoor stations behind St. Benedict’s Abbey. Contact the Knights of Columbus for more information.


The Rosary given to us by our Blessed Mother is very close to the heart of Benedictine College. Rosaries are said in the residence halls as well as at scheduled times in St. Martin’s chapel. President Minnis leads a Raven Rosary for the College at 7:30 a.m. every Wednesday in St. Joseph's Chapel in St. Benedict's Abbey crypt.  All members of the community are invited to attend. Contact the Chapel Team for more information.

Oblates of St. Benedict

Students are invited to become oblates. An oblate of St. Benedict is any Christian who wishes to follow the Holy Rule of St. Benedict closely in his or her own life. Oblates are encouraged to pray part of the Liturgy of the Hours and spend time each day in Holy reading. Oblates meet once a month with the Director of Oblates for spiritual enrichment.  After one year of formation students may choose to make final oblation; which is to give of one's self to the oblate way of life, at which time St. Benedict’s Abbey or Mount St. Scholastica becomes a spiritual home for the oblate. Check the Mount or Abbey websites for complete information.

Places to Pray

St. Martin's Chapel

St. Martin’s is the spiritual heart of the Benedictine College worshipping community. Located on the ground floor of St. Martin’s Memorial Hall, this chapel is the location for adoration from Monday to Friday from 1-9:00 p.m.

Mary's Grotto

Mary’s Grotto is located in the center of the Benedictine College campus and offers a moment of peace and joy to students on their way to and from class. Candles are available for intentions. The Grotto is the destination for all processions held on Marian feast days, including the birth of Mary, Immaculate Conception, and the Coronation of Mary. Click here for more information.

St. Benedict's Abbey Church

The Abbey Church is the largest church on campus. Its tower is the highest point and rises over Christ in the Eucharist. It is the location of all the major student Masses, including Sunday student Masses at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Weekday Mass is at 5:15 p.m. Confession is available an hour before each of these Masses. The Abbey Church also hosts a Saturday night Holy Hour from 8-9 p.m. Click here for more information.

Guadalupe Chapel

Guadalupe Chapel is located in the Crypt of the Abbey Church. This space is where daily mass is celebrated Monday to Friday at 5:30pm. This place also hosts retreats, special events, vigil for life and weekly praise and worship.

St. Joseph Chapel

St. Joseph Chapel is located in the back of the Crypt of the Abbey Church. This space has no regular mass schedule but Christ in the Eucharist is present. This chapel hosts retreats, special events, and prayer groups.

Outdoor Stations of the Cross

Located behind St. Benedict’s Abbey, the Stations of the Cross follow the journey of Christ’s Passion as they wind along a path following the Missouri River