Benedictine College Features Social Issues during Week-long Event

Benedictine College Features Social Issues during Week-long Event

Published: Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Social Justice Week 2018 LogoSocial Justice Week at Benedictine College will focus attention on important social issues in Atchison, the United States and around the world. The annual event, now in its 32nd year, offers student groups like the Benedictine College Hunger Coalition, the Black Student Union, Sociology Club, Ravens Respect Life and CRS University a chance to gain awareness on campus and in the community. Presentations on overcoming racism in education and the workplace, right to life, immigration and Catholic Social Teaching, and the refugee experience, among others, will take place throughout the week. All programs and presentations are free and open to the public.

Speakers this year include Bill Scholl, Consultant for Social Justice with the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas; Francis Drouhard, Knights of Columbus Supreme Warden; and Christal E. Watson, president of the Heartland Black Chamber of Commerce. The week begins on Sunday, Feb. 11, with 10:00 a.m. Mass in the Abbey Church, where the homily and petitions will incorporate the theme of social justice. The complete schedule is available at

Here is the schedule at a glance:

Monday, Feb. 12, 7:00 p.m. (O’Malley-McAllister Auditorium)

            “To Share or Shun: Catholic Social Teaching on Immigration”

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 6:00 p.m. (St. Scholastica Hall Kitchen)

            “Open Hearts, Full Stomachs”

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m. (McAllister Boardroom)

            “Spiritual Poverty and How to Encounter the Homeless”

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m. (McAllister Boardroom)

            “Knights for Life at All Stages: Aiding Refugees and Protecting the Unborn”

Thursday, Feb. 15, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. (Raven Roost, Haverty Center)

            “Empty Bowls”

Thursday, Feb. 15, 7:00 p.m. (McAllister Boardroom)

            “When Justice is Served”

Friday, Feb. 16, 7:00 p.m. (McAllister Boardroom)

            “Same Kind of Different as Me” film

Feb. 21 to March 1 – Art Exhibition, McCarthy Gallery of Art

            “Encounter Dignity”


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.