IMAGES: May Crowning on Campus

Enjoy pictures of Benedictine College’s May Crowning. Each year, male students planning to enter seminary or religious life serve at a Mass and female students who plan to discern the religious life crown the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the grotto.

After Mass, the congregation processes from the Abbey Church to Mary’s Grotto down Mary’s Way.

Benedictine Father Simon Baker leads the congregation in prayers.

Father Simon blesses the crown, held by Kristie Le who is entering the Marians.


The event is well attended by students, faculty, staff and families.

Le climbs the blue ladder, while Alexis Maurer waits at the top.

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.