VIDEO: Rod Dreher’s ‘Benedictine College Option’

Rod Dreher, author of New York Times bestselling The Benedict Option, visited Benedictine College March 31-April 1 and very graciously wrote and spoke about what he found here.

See an interview video above. On his blog, he wrote:

“I’ve never been to Benedictine College, but — wow. It is very easy for me, living inside my online silo, to become too focused on doom and gloom. So to come to a place like this little orthodox Catholic liberal arts college on the Missouri River, and to see so many young people who are faithful, happy, and … normal — well, I can’t tell you how encouraging it is.”

He went on to compare the college to the Benedict Option:

“What they’re doing at this small liberal arts Catholic college is a great example of the Benedict Option. The thickness and the richness of the traditional spiritual and intellectual life here is startling, in a very, very good way. It’s great to be able to point to one more place in the world and say, ‘There! What they’re doing there — go see it, and learn from it.’”

Find Dreher’s book here. Find an article on the Symposium that featured Dreher on campus here. Find more Gregorian posts on the Benedict Option here.

Tom Hoopes

Tom Hoopes

Tom Hoopes, author of The Rosary of Saint John Paul II and The Fatima Family Handbook, is writer in residence at Benedictine College in Kansas and hosts The Extraordinary Story podcast about the life of Christ. His book What Pope Francis Really Said is now available on Audible. A former reporter in the Washington, D.C., area, Hoopes served as press secretary of the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee Chairman and spent 10 years as executive editor of the National Catholic Register newspaper and Faith & Family magazine. His work frequently appears in Catholic publications such as Aleteia.org and the Register. He and his wife, April, have nine children and live in Atchison, Kansas.