Loading
In the spirit of St. Benedict, small Kansas college opens doors to displaced Katrina students
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- The ancient Rule of St. Benedict stresses the idea of hospitality and charges its communities with the task of welcoming guests "as Christ Himself." In this spirit, Kansas's Benedictine College has announced that it will waive tuition costs and begin welcoming students from private institutions displaced by last week's Hurricane Katrina. “We want to open our doors to these students and allow them the opportunity to continue their education during this time of crisis,” said Benedictine's president, Stephen D. Minnis. “Waiving tuition is the least we can do."

Father Brendan Rolling, OSB, Director of Mission for the small college is hopeful that many students will respond to the invitation.

“We want to open our home to our brothers and sisters in Christ in their time of need," he said. "‘Hope does not disappoint,’ is from Romans 5:5 and is the theme of our college this year. So, our hopes and prayers are with those who have experienced such great loss in this tragedy.”

Maria Miller, a senior at Benedictine is proud of what her college is doing. “This is who Benedictine is, we are hospitality,” she said. “What better way for us to show that than by welcoming those students to our campus. You make college your home, whether you are from the area or not, and they lost everything. I hope we are able to give them some amount of comfort.”

Hurricane Katrina, which ravaged the U.S. Gulf Coast, displaced hundreds of thousands of residents particularly from the New Orleans area, which is expected to be paralyzed for months to come. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) announced that many Catholic schools across the country--from elementary to high school--are also waiving tuition and welcoming students who are far from their homes, and working on plans to provide everything from lunch plans to backpacks and school supplies.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google

Featured Videos

Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Family thrilled to see Pope Francis in Istanbul
Syrian Refugee, Sara, 14, Before Meeting Pope
Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
One year after Haiyan: Philippines rebuilds homes, lives
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
Dec
21

Liturgical Calendar

December 21, 2014

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 21:23-27

Gospel
Date
12/15/14
12/14/14
12/13/14

Daily Readings


Gospel:: Lk 1: 26-38

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »

Saint
Date
12/15/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 21:23-27

Homily
Date
12/15/14
12/14/14
12/13/14