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The newest Christmas video released by Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, humorously points to one of the college’s strengths: The Marian faith of its president.
The video, “Twas the Night Before Finals” features a verse voiceover based on a poem by Dr. Edward Mulholland. It tells the story of Benedictine College President Stephen D. Minnis visiting a student, played by Benedictine sophomore Alex Gorman, who is studying late at night.
The video was made by Nathan Pickman, the college’s Digital Media Manager, and Christian McKeown, and narrated by Philosophy professor Dr. Edward Macierowski (a Gregorian writer).
His advice to the student, who is worried about finals, is typically Minnis: “Just ask intercession from dear Mother Mary,” he says, giving the student a Rosary.
President Minnis, who leads a well attended weekly Wednesday Morning Rosary on campus is a big proponent of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, who he points out “always brings you closer to her son, Jesus.” Some examples:
The college has experienced enormous success in the 15 years President Minnis has been president, adding 10 new residence halls, three new chapels, seven new academic buildings, and becoming a top 10 ranked U.S. News & World Report school in its category.
“The answer to the question of why we have seen this success is the same answer that will sustain us into the future,” President Minnis said. “First, we embraced Our Lady and, secondly, we embraced our mission. From the moment Father Henry Lemke’s life was spared because of the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the present, we have been a chosen place. Embracing her and asking for her help is one of the key factors in our success.” To see the story of Father Lemke’s rescue by the Blessed Mother, click here.