Stars and Stripes Day to Honor Chaplain Monks of WW II | Benedictine College

Stars and Stripes Day to Honor Chaplain Monks of WW II

Televised Game Recognizes Service Personnel Past & Present

Published: Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Stars & Stripes Day

Benedictine College will honor all those who have served or are currently serving the country in any branch of the military during its “Stars and Stripes” Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 6. This year, the St. Martin of Tours Award will be given to the monks of St. Benedict’s Abbey who served in the Chaplain Corp during World War II. Recognition will take place during halftime of the Ravens’ football game against Central Methodist University, which is televised on KSMO-TV regionally and ESPN3 nationally.

Due to the TV schedule, the game has a 2:30 p.m. kickoff. Benedictine will give anyone with a military ID FREE admission to the game. This is the only televised home game of the season. The Nov. 3 away game at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa, will also be televised with a 2:30 p.m. kickoff.

This will be the college’s twelfth annual recognition of men and women in military service and the halftime show will include introductions of all the service personnel at the game. In addition to the unfurling of a huge, 60-foot American flag, the celebration will also include the new Benedictine College marching band, the Raven Regiment, performing the anthems of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard.

During World War II, the Chaplains were known to be present everywhere; at training sites, mess halls, boot camp, hospitals, embarkation ports, stockades, troop ships and at the front. Chaplains felt their rightful place was with the dying and many were killed while giving last rites during battle.

At the end of World War II, the head Chaplain in the European Theater said there was no doubt that the tragedy of war and its accompanying suffering had awakened in the Chaplain Corps a “new spirit of zeal and sacrifice in the service of God.”

The 10 monks from the Abbey, who volunteered to make that sacrifice in the service of God, were: Fathers Fabian Harshaw, Otho Sullivan, Raphael O’ Malley, Jerome Merwick, Boniface Moll, Gervase Burke, Philip O’Connor, George Spiegelhalter, Peter Beckman and Maurus Kenney. As all have since passed away, Abbot James Albers OSB of St. Benedict's Abbey will accept the award on their behalf.

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.