What Are Gregorian Fellows?

Gregorian Fellows Group Shot 2018

The Gregorian Fellows leadership program at Benedictine College is designed to train and launch Catholic leaders rooted in their faith and ready to be effective in contemporary society. The work of the Fellows his featured here every Friday. Today, we wanted to share a few things the Gregorian Fellows participate in.

Leadership and Organizational Change Class

This 1 credit course with President Minnis brings outstanding leaders to campus and in front of our students.

The class introduced students to the upper echelons of leadership, including Sam Brownback, Governor of State of Kansas and Tom Hoenig, Vice-Chair of FDIC in government and in sports, Dayton Moore, General Manager of the Kansas City Royals and Lamar Hunt Jr., owner of the Kansas City Chiefs.

The class introduced leaders in all walks of life, including Colonel Roger Donlon, Vietnam Veteran and Medal of Honor winner;  Sister John Mary Fleming, Executive Director Catholic Education at the U.S. Bishops. Science leaders included Dr. Judy Hemberger, Biotechnology exec, and neurosurgeon Dr. Mike Boland. Business leaders included Dan Hesse, Former CEO of Sprint; Carolyn Watley, President of CBIZ and Larry Blanford, Former CEO of Green Mountain Coffee.

Leaders with a front-row seat to current events included Bill Mumma, President of the Becket Fund, which recently won a Supreme Court ruling for religious liberty and Elizabeth Santorum, of the Laboure Society.  Col. Brad Hoagland, former Wind Command of Andrews AFB told students about protecting the president and Eddie Griem, Attorney with Graves Garrett, LLC, told students about protecting free speech rights.


The Fellows had workshops on the following topics:

  • Networking Skills with Alana Muller, former president of Kauffman’s FastTrac Program
  • Meet the President and the Cabinet with President Minnis and Cabinet members
  • How to Change the World Through Personal Influence (aka Cardinal Newman) with Matt Muller, adjunct instructor in Theology at Benedictine College
  • The Catholic Liberal Arts Tradition with Dr. Andrew Seeley and Dr. Jeff Lehman, directors of the Institute for Catholic Liberal Education

Career Skills

Select Fellows participated in a 10-week workshop called, “The Economy of One.”  Economy of One is a non-credit class being piloted at Benedictine College for the first time. Two professional consultants serve as instructors and personal coaches. The class delivers a completely fresh approach on how to prepare and engage students with their employment and internship placement efforts. It provides a detailed “best practice” process, and peer-based accountability designed to help students measurably move forward. Additionally, it helps students address questions regarding what they are really looking for with regards to an employer, providing a step-by-step method to proactively position their value and pursue those opportunities.
Sample modules include:

  • Creating opportunities vs. chasing jobs
  • Relationships vs. Networks
  • The Story of You
  • Negotiating Compensation
  • On-boarding

Notre Dame Conference

In November, students attend the annual fall conference sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame. This experience opens students’ eyes to the world of scholarship and service of opinion leaders in faith and political and cultural activities.

Summer programming

The Gregorian Fellows present a summer program as part of Benedictine College’s Immersion week to motivate high-achieving high school students to attend Benedictine College and become Gregorian Fellows.

Education focus

The Gregorian Fellows leadership program has had a great track record of promoting Catholic identity leadership in education including classic education pioneers, Catholic education leaders, and public education stand-outs.

We track these teachers by class, with growing numbers since 2015 bringing Catholic identity to schools nationwide.

The Gregorian Institute

The Gregorian Fellows is one of the programs of the Gregorian Institute, which Benedictine College founded in 2011. The Mission of the Gregorian Institute is to promoting Catholic identity in public life. In addition to the Gregorian Fellows Leadership program, the major programs of the institute are:

The Symposium on Advancing the New Evangelization, which gathers scholars, field professionals, religious, clergy, and students for a time of fellowship, reflection, and dialogue concerning topics integral to the New Evangelization.

The Gregorian Speech Digest, the four-page self-mailing piece circulates texts of on-campus lectures by Catholic thinkers as a free publication which includes donor pitches.

TheGregorian.org, which  provides resources for Catholics who want to live their Catholic identity in public life and help others to do the same.

How to Become a Gregorian Fellow

Membership in the Gregorian Fellowship Leadership program is open to students who have been accepted into Benedictine College. Find details here.

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.