Benedictine College’s Sarah Swafford to Co-Host EWTN Series

Benedictine College’s Sarah Swafford to Co-Host EWTN Series

Friday, May 08, 2015

EWTN, a global Catholic cable television and radio network, will feature Sarah Swafford, a 2004 Benedictine College graduate and current Director of Special Projects for Catholic Identity at the school, in a five-part series the week of May 11. Swafford will co-host “At the Heart of Relationships” with Fr. James Dean and will discuss “emotional virtue,” a phrase she coined while working with students at the college. The series is set to air each evening, Monday through Friday (May 11 – 15), at 6:30 p.m. (EST) and can also be viewed as a live stream on

When Swafford served as a residence hall director at Benedictine College from 2007 to 2010, she never imagined that the many conversations she had with the young women of St. Scholastica Hall would develop into a regular ministry of mentoring and speaking across the country. And when she wrote and delivered a talk as a formal response to the questions she was asked, she never dreamed it would land her on a world-wide cable television network with a potential viewing audience in the millions.

Swafford began to deliver the talk to various groups on and off campus, including youth groups and other ministry events. In response to the talk, she has received letters from young men and women from as far away as Australia and Italy. Then one day, a written version of her talk found its way into the hands of a priest at St. Benedict’s Abbey. The priest, a Benedictine monk, thought the content was so good that he contacted EWTN and encouraged the television network to feature Swafford on one of its programs. EWTN reviewed the material and enthusiastically agreed, featuring her on the popular “Life on the Rock” program in 2011.

But Swafford did not rest on her laurels. She continued to develop her thoughts into a new book, Emotional Virtue: A Guide to Drama-Free Relationships, which was published in December 2014 by Totus Tuus Press. That book is now available at, on, and also in The Raven Store on the Benedictine College campus. She has also created a brand new website,, where interested young men and women can learn more about her ministry, as well as the concept of emotional virtue. And now, the opportunity to work with EWTN once again.

“God gave me a front row seat to watch college students as they experienced an important transition in their lives,” she said. “As a residence hall director, they asked me questions and, in time, I began to pick up on things and tried to help with what they were struggling with in any way I could.”

Being a residence hall director isn’t the only way Swafford has learned about college students.  For more than 25 years, her mother, Linda Henry, has served Benedictine College in various positions, currently as the Vice President for Student Life, but early on as a residence hall director herself when Sarah was a child. Swafford literally grew up on campus. She graduated in 2004 and then served as an admission counselor before becoming a residence hall director and now taking on her current role. Today, she and her husband, Andrew Swafford, a fellow ’04 alumnus and Benedictine College professor of theology, enjoy mentoring and encouraging students at Benedictine.

“Benedictine College has been so significant in my life,” she said. “Before coming to Benedictine, I loved Our Lord, but I didn’t really know Him. Professors and other mentors taught me about the Bible and virtue, and helped me grow in my faith. I enjoy giving back to young adults who are also finding their way at Benedictine or journeying through high school and other colleges.”

And Benedictine certainly appreciates Swafford’s contribution to the campus community.

“We are so excited to have Sarah as part of our college family,” said Benedictine College President Stephen D. Minnis. “She has a sharp mind, a warm personality, a vibrant faith, and an effective ministry. She’s a great ambassador for Benedictine College.”


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.