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Benedictine College Expands College Ministry Program

From the Benedictine College press release:

Benedictine College has announced an expansion of its College Ministry program, adding David Trotter as the new Director for Mission & Ministry. The move allows Father Brendan Rolling, O.S.B., to take on a more pastoral role, working with the students as the head Chaplain on campus. Trotter will continue his responsibilities with Benedictine’s Institute for Missionary Activity but has left his position as director of collegiate outreach for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), based in Denver.

“There has never been a greater opportunity for impact than to infuse Benedictine values in a college setting,” said Trotter.  “St. Benedict taught that the 'love of Christ must come before all else' (RB 4:21) and in following his example, our students from Benedictine College will become the influential leaders called for by our Church."

Trotter, a St. Louis native, graduated from the University of Kansas in 2005.  He is a convert to Catholicism and joined FOCUS as a missionary, serving for eight years in Nebraska, Alabama and Kansas.  He was a FOCUS team director for four years and served on their Leadership Development Initiative.  Most recently he had been the FOCUS Director of Collegiate Outreach for the Southern Plains, managing missionary teams on 15 campuses in six states from Iowa to Texas. He and his wife, Erin, have three children and are expecting their fourth.

“We are fortunate to add David as a full-time employee at Benedictine College,” said Benedictine College President Stephen D. Minnis. “He has demonstrated strong leadership ability with FOCUS and with the launch of our Institute for Missionary Activity. Combining his knowledge and skills with the spiritual guidance of Father Brendan will make our already strong campus ministry program even more effective.”

Rolling is a solemnly professed monk of St. Benedict’s Abbey, one of the founding institutions of Benedictine College. From 1995-1996 he served as director of tours for the Benedictine College Admission Office.  Following his ordination to the priesthood, Rolling served as the Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Residence Life from 2000-2005. In 2005, he accepted the appointment to be Benedictine’s first Director for Mission & Ministry.  Fr. Brendan earned his undergraduate degree from Benedictine College and holds a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Monastic Studies from St. Vincent Seminary, Latrobe, Penn.

As he begins service as Chaplain, Rolling said, “I look forward to serving Christ in a new way on campus.  The most important thing I could be doing right now is helping college students know and love their Catholic faith and follow Christ in their lives.”

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