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Benedictine Heritage and the Academy
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Benet Academy is named for St. Benedict (480-547), the Patron Saint of Students. 

Our heritage is rooted in the 1500 year-old tradition of the Order of St. Benedict (O.S.B.) and the daily personification of the Benedictine motto of "Ora et Labora" (prayer and work).  

We embody Benedictine traditions found in the Rule of St. Benedict.  The Rule of St. Benedict is a written document noted for its timeless lessons of a balanced life, practical wisdom, and a spirit of tolerance.

Community:   Building community life while valuing the uniqueness of the individual. 

  • Benet Academy is a close, large extended family.  St. Procopius Abbey priests and monks, Benet parents, students, alumni, family, faculty and staff are the core constituents of our  community.   The unique bond begins as a family's first student enters the Academy and is treasured throughout a lifetime. 

Hospitality: Creating a welcoming atmosphere personally and institutionally for our community and our visitors.

  • Benet Academy embraces the literal tradition of hospitality through warm reception of our community and visitors and through the figurative tradition of hospitality demonstrated through open and thoughtful pursuit of the views of others and careful listening with the "ear of the heart".

Respect: Treating persons with dignity and reverence. 

  • Teaching self-respect and respect for others regardless of differences  
  • Daily formative, foundational  expectations for respectful living demonstrated through behavior, dress, work, and personal honesty, and skills to apply lessons in times of conflict.

Stewardship: Utilizing human and material resources responsibly.

  • Providing wise and respectful use of all material and monetary resources. Promoting prudent use of resources and energy. Encouraging all to find time for work, play and prayer in daily life, which will promote physical, mental and spiritual growth.  Through its lowest possible tuition, Benet demonstrates the practice of monetary/material/human resource stewardship. Benet demonstrates balance of work, play, and prayer through its expectation of academic excellence, extracurricular involvement, retreats, outreach, and daily prayer.     

Love of Learning

  • Continuing the intellectual heritage entrusted to us by past generations. Creating scholarly, artistic and scientific works which enrich our students' lives.  Integrating critical thought and action as complementary aspects of a balanced student life.

 

Heritage page acknowledgements:

St. Procopius Abbey
The Benedictine St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology
The College of St. Scholastica
The Rule of St. Benedict

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