Benedictine College will be consecrated to the Blessed Virgin Mary and a new 21-foot fountain statue of Our Lady of Grace will be blessed in the center of campus on Sept. 8, according to the College.
The day will begin with a special Mass at St. Benedict’s Abbey and will be followed by “a procession through campus and a blessing of Marian religious articles.”
The Blessed Virgin Mary has played an influential role in the history of College, according to Benedictine President Stephen Minnis.
“Our Lady’s intercessions date as far back as 1856 when she saved the founder of St. Benedict’s Abbey, Fr. Henry Lemke’s life during a torrential thunderstorm and flood, to most recently when we implored her help in increasing our enrollment and growth. Thus, we believe that it is very appropriate to formally Consecrate Benedictine College to the Blessed Virgin Mary.”
Through its special “Memorare Army”— asking for Mary’s intercession by means of the Memorare prayer –Benedictine has continued to meet its prayer intentions over the years, such as the completion of its new academic center and the construction of Mary’s Grotto.
Benedictine provides information here for those interested in joining its National Memorare Army to specifically offer up prayers for the cause of religious freedom.
Benedictine College is one of the faithful, Catholic colleges recommended by The Cardinal Newman Society in The Newman Guide.
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