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Making History: First Ever Business Consecration Mass in Atchison Church

The Symposium for Transforming Culture March 15-16 included a bonus event: A historic Mass.

Benedictine College sponsored the event through the Thompson Center for Integrity and Finance, with the Association of Consecrated Business Owners. It was the first ever Consecration Mass for Businesses in the United States.

The liturgy for the Mass was written by Father John Bartunek and approved by the Archdiocese of Atlanta. The Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas also approved it for use at St. Benedict’s Church. A parish in Cumming, Georgia, outside of Atlanta, held the second such Consecration Mass later that day.

“People might wonder what it means for a business to be consecrated,” said Thompson Director Dave Geenens, an author and Associate Professor in the Benedictine College School of Business. “Consecration is when something is set apart for God’s purpose, becoming an instrument of His grace in the world. Therefore, when a business is consecrated, it becomes an extension of God’s love—an outpost of care and service to all the people it serves.”

Those who completed an eight-part course participated in the Consecration Mass, after which they were invited to join the Association of Consecrated Business Owners. Membership opens additional faith formation, and fellowship for Catholic business owners.

Learn more about consecrating a business and register for the program here.

For questions or other information, contact Dave Geenens at dgeenens@benedictine.edu.


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 honored to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, the best private college in Kansas by The Wall Street Journal, and one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. Benedictine College is dedicated to transforming culture in America through its mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.