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College Honors Professor Who Donates Crucifixes for New Rooms on Campus

Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, recently bestowed its "Do Something Beautiful for God" award on a professor for his "commitment to the faith on campus."

Dr. Frank Kessler, a professor in Benedictine's Political Science department, received the award during a May 10 Senior Brunch event. The award commemorates Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta's 1981 visit to the Benedictine Sisters in Atchison, recalling her words, "Every day on awaking, my desire and my enthusiasm is this: today I must do something beautiful for God."

Here's more from the College:

“Since he arrived (at Benedictine College), Dr. Kessler has been steadfast in his goal of placing a crucifix in the classrooms and dorm rooms at Benedictine College,” said Stephen D. Minnis, president of the college. “Whenever a new building is built, it is Dr. Kessler who either donates the money or buys the crucifixes himself to place in the rooms. When you enter a room here at Benedictine and see a crucifix, it is thanks to Dr. Kessler.”

Kessler has authored two books on presidential leadership and democracy, published numerous articles for journals such as Library Journal, Current History, and Presidential Studies Quarterly, and received teaching honors ranging from the American Political Science Association Award to the Missouri Western University Distinguished Faculty Award. He has hosted radio and television shows and still occasionally serves as a guest political analyst for TV election coverage. He could have gone anywhere, but it was the faith aspect that drew him to Benedictine.

“I love the freedom to teach within a context of faith,” Kessler said. “And that’s how I try to approach my teaching. At the beginning of every course, I read ‘God’s Plan’ by John Henry Cardinal Newman, and I explain to these kids that they all have a mission in life, they’ve all been called to do something specific.”

“I could have taught elsewhere,” he said. “But I concluded that these kids have the moral and ethical principles to convert culture.  And I can’t tell you what a huge blessing it is to be around them. They are just amazing.”

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Benedictine College is recommended at for its strong Catholic identity.

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