Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., recently announced the completion of many campus improvements, including several that speak to the College’s Catholic identity. Students will return this fall to “find their campus transformed,” according to the College.
Among the numerous additions is the Our Lady of Guadalupe Residence Hall, a new residential facility for female students. Each floor and room in the building has a distinctive Marian theme and a unique ash wood statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe sits inside. Twelve stars adorn the exterior, representing the description of Mary’s crown from the Book of Revelation. Located within the residence hall is also the new St. Juan Diego Chapel, named after the saint who saw Our Lady of Guadalupe. The chapel will be dedicated by Msgr. Eduardo Chávez Sánchez who led the cause for St. Juan Diego’s canonization.
To the West of Guadalupe Hall sits Mary’s Garden, a new park with a fountain, plants named for or related to various Marian devotions, and benches for students.
In addition, Lemke Hall, a residence hall for men named for College founder Father Henry Lemke, will open as well as a new dining hall, clock tower, statue in remembrance of Nobel Peace Prize winning alumna Wangari Maathai, and a relocated Student Success Center.
Benedictine College is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.
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