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Students at the Atchison, Kan., campus will join students across the nation in prayer this Wednesday for the annual See You at the Pole event. Every year on the 4th Wednesday in September, students gather at flagpoles outside their schools to pray for global religious liberty, national leaders, and their school’s administration.
Benedictine College’s inaugural See You at The Pole event for students will be held at the Haverty Center flagpole Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 7 a.m.
This is the latest in a series of prayer events at Benedictine College religious freedom.
– At the recommendation of Kansas City Archbishop Joseph Naumann, President Stephen D. Minnis launched the Memorare Army for Religious Liberty, an initiative that has collected millions of memorare prayers for religious liberty from every state and several countries.
– Starting with the first Fortnight for Freedom in 2012, Benedictine College has been a key participant in rallies for religious freedom in Topeka, Kansas.
– Last March, the college participated in a Day of Prayer and Fasting for Religious Liberty with Eucharistic adoration at Mary’s Grotto (pictured below).
– On Sept. 8, the college launched a daily campus rosary in preparation for the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparition. Fatima intentions include conversion for the nation.
The See You at the Pole initiative describes itself this way: “For the last 25 years, See You at the Pole has been about one simple act — prayer.”
The prayer campaign began 25 years ago when teens in Burleson, Texas, were deeply moved at a youth retreat. “Compelled to pray, they drove to three different schools that night,” says the organization. “Not knowing exactly what to do, they went to the school flagpoles and prayed for their friends, schools, and leaders. Those students had no idea how God would use their obedience.”
They were soon issuing a challenge to other students to pray at flagpoles.
“At 7:00 a.m. on September 12, 1990, more than 45,000 teenagers met at school flagpoles in four different states to pray before the start of school,” say organizers. The movement continued to grow and a year later — on Sept. 11, 1991 — 1 million students gathered at flagpoles, coast to coast and from North Dakota to Texas.
Today, the initiative includes 3 million students in 20 countries.
President Minnis said Benedictine College has committed to praying for religious liberty in a variety of ways for years.
“We need to be vigilant in defense of religious liberty,” Minnis said. “When Benedictine College saw the HHS mandate coming down the pike, we took steps to ensure that we could keep our religious freedom. Our constitutional right to exercise our freedom of religion is being tested like never before — but it is a fundamental right that we will never give up.”
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. 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.