Benedictine College Announces Institute for Missionary Activity

Benedictine College Announces Institute for Missionary Activity

Published: Wednesday, January 25, 2012

ATCHISON, KAN. (Jan. 25, 2012) Benedictine College has announced the formation of the Institute for Missionary Activity, becoming the first Catholic college in America to create a program designed to help future missionaries be more successful in their work and their ability to effect change.  The new Institute combines academics, personal formation and field experience to create graduates who are fully equipped for missionary work. The formation of the Institute for Missionary Activity corresponds with specific aspects of Benedictine College’s new strategic plan.

“The goal of the Institute is to send out the most dynamic Catholic missionaries our country has to offer,” said David Trotter, director of the Institute. “As the flagship college of the New Evangelization, Benedictine College has founded the Institute for Missionary Activity to train students to be disciples of Jesus Christ in the modern world and advance the mission of the Church.”

Trotter, who has worked for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) for over 6 years, said many young missionaries enter the field with a degree in theology but little practical experience in things like human resources, managing budgets, marketing, pedagogy and other things that would make them more effective.

“Professionals in the ministry field are asking for additional training and preparation beyond what knowledge of theology can provide,” he said.  “At the undergraduate level, no other Catholic or secular college or university is formally combining Catholic Social Teaching and the New Evangelization in a way that trains and places graduates successfully.”

The Institute will register its first students in the fall, with incoming freshmen declaring a 3-year track of participation and registering for a semester-long service learning seminar.  It is open to Benedictine College students who wish to pursue full-time missionary work after college.  Trotter said that includes short term and long term service, local, national or international programs, and working with material or spiritual poor, youth or adults, in service, catechesis and evangelization.

The Institute will host its first event this spring.  The Symposium on Advancing the New Evangelization is set for March 23-24, 2012 in the new, state-of-the-art Ferrell Academic Center on the Benedictine College campus.  The facility is the new home of the school’s Theology and Philosophy departments.

“This symposium will provide a venue for academics and professionals to discuss this important topic in the hopes of deepening an understanding of the New Evangelization and how it can be advanced in different fields of study and practice,” Trotter said.  “Registration is $75 for non-students and will be available online in February.”

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 named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide.  It 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.