Washington Event Spotlights Benedictine Speakers


The 2018 National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., featured faces that are familiar at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. All three had been commencement speakers at Benedictine.

The keynote speaker was Archbishop Joseph Naumann, the archbishop of the Kansas City, Kan., Archdiocese that includes Benedictine College, and a frequent guest on campus.

  • See his brief remarks upon receiving an honorary doctorate in 2012 here.
  • Watch and read his remarks at the 2018 National Catholic Prayer Breakfast here.

The first featured speaker was Ambassador Sam Brownback, former governor of Kansas. He spoke at Benedictine College’s 2011 commencement. See highlights here.

A highlight of the event was an address by U.S. Speaker Paul Ryan, former Vice Presidential candidate. He was the college’s 2013 commencement speaker, and gave a major address on Catholic social doctrine.

  • See his 2013 remarks at Benedictine College  here or read them here.
  • Read his 2018 National Catholic Prayer Remarks here.

Together, all three speakers made an important argument about how Catholic social doctrine applies to the political divide, service and freedom for all in America. More here.



Benedictine College

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is proud to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report as well as one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. It has a mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.

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