Raven’s Pro-Life Work Is Already Transforming Culture

Vincent Schiffiano, a native of Weddington, N.C., who studied Political Science and Philosophy, has already changing the culture.

That’s what Benedictine College said with its new honor this year: the Transforming Culture Award for students who advanced the college’s strategic vision.

Schiffiano served as a student representative in the college’s Transforming Culture in America committee, was a founding student member of the college’s Constitutional Fellows program, and was the founder and president of the October Club, a student organization dedicated to transforming culture in America. Schiffiano was also instrumental in organizing the Transforming Culture in America Student Conference.

During the fall of 2020 when the college was faced with a proposed health department requirement to quarantine its student body, Vincent led the charge to fight the requirement and organized Rosaries for a better outcome during that time.

“Schiffiano has been a tireless supporter of pro-life movement and even used some of his scholarship money to fund Value Them Both internships,” President Stephen D. Minnis said in announcing his award. “He hand-delivered 400 signed petitions to the home of a State Senator who was withholding his vote for the Value Them Both Amendment to demonstrate our students’ support for that cause.”

Minnis said the senator told him personally that because of the work of the Benedictine College students, and Vincent in particular, “he decided to cast the key vote in favor of the Amendment.”

As part of his zeal for both politics and the pro-life movement, Schiffiano worked as an intern for the Kansas Catholic Conference, Kansans for Life, the office of Senator Roger Marshall, and the Value Them Both Coalition.

In August, Schiffiano will lead a team of Benedictine College students to help pass the Value Them Both Amendment and this fall, Vincent will pursue a Master’s in Human Rights degree at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Editorial Staff

Benedictine College’s mission can Transform Culture in America by modeling community in an age of incivility, spreading faith in an age of hopelessness, and committing to scholarship in a “post-truth” era. We create video and other media content to promote positive messages of faith, hope, and love while Ex Corde Media Fellows program provides students with the tools, experiences, and contacts they need to enter the 21st century media world as effective communicators. Learn about the Ex Corde Media Fellows program.