Third Symposium for Advancing the New Evangelization Coming to Benedictine College

Third Symposium for Advancing the New Evangelization Coming to Benedictine College

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Benedictine College’s Institute for Missionary Activity is preparing for its biggest event of the year, the annual Symposium for Advancing the New Evangelization.  The 2014 Symposium, set for March 21 and 22 at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., boasts top Catholic speakers as well as dozens of additional papers and presentations from professors, field professionals, students and clergy.  Session topics range from Pope Benedict XVI, the HHS mandate and Communication to Marriage, Thomistic Influence and the Media.  Registration and additional information is now available online at

 “Amidst the Year of Faith, Pope Francis has captivated the world through his unwavering goodness and given us an example of how to help deepen the faith of committed followers of Christ and open the doors for non-religious people to encounter Christ,”  said David Trotter, Benedictine’s Director for Mission & Ministry and Director of the Institute for Missionary Activity.  “An interdisciplinary dialogue is needed to equip those engaged in transmitting the faith--whether in the classroom, the parish, the workplace, or Public Square--with the best methods and formation.”

The three keynote speakers are: Dr. Denis McNamara, Assistant Director of the Liturgical Institute, University of St. Mary of the Lake; Dr. David Bentley Hart, author, theologian, philosopher and cultural commentator; and Dr. Regis Martin, Professor of Theology, Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life, Franciscan University of Steubenville.

In addition to the three keynote speakers, presenters at the colloquium sessions are from a variety of different institutions, organizations, and ministries. Previous symposia have featured speakers from Benedictine College, FOCUS, Benedictine University (Chicago), Justice for All, University of Kansas, Archdiocese of Omaha, Manhattan Christian College, the Center for Advanced Leadership and Catechetics, and the USCCB Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development, among many others.  This year’s sessions include presentations from organizations like Cerner Corporation, Archdiocese of St. Louis, Boston College, Wyoming Catholic College, and the BlueTail Medical Group.

“Come spend these two days together to learn from others and discover how to integrate Catholic thought and field experience regarding the New Evangelization,” Trotter said.

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 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.