National Conferences

The Br. Edward Englund Benedictine Leadership Institute-BLI

Year Three

June, 2020 

St. Anselm College

Manchester, New Hampshire


The Br. Edward Englund Benedictine Leadership Institute-BLI

Year Two

June 24 - 28, 2019 

St. John's Preparatory School

Collegeville, MN

Thirty-three participants from thirteen Benedictine secondary schools attended the second Benedictine Leadership Institute in Minnesota, June 24th through the 28th, 2019.  The Institute brought together educators from the inaugural meeting in 2018 at Lisle, Illinois with fourteen new participants, forming the first two cohorts for the three year formation program.  The participants are being photographed in front of the Abbey Church at Saint John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota.  Hosted by Saint John's Preparatory School, meetings of the Institute were held at Saint John's University, Saint John's Prep and at the College of Saint Benedict in Saint Cloud.


The Br. Edward Englund Benedictine Leadership Institute-BLI

Year One

June 25 - 29, 2018

Benedictine University, Benet Academy, Sacred Heart Monastery, St. Procopius Abbey * Lisle, IL


To provide an opportunity for current lay educators, staff and administrators at Benedictine secondary schools, along with their Benedictine confreres, to build community and discover best practices in Benedictine education.   


  • Develop an understanding of the importance of Benedictine mission and identity, as well as Catholic intellectual life.

  • Understand and integrate the Benedictine hallmarks into the life of the school and develop interest and enthusiasm within the faculty, staff, and administration for Benedictine mission and engagement.

  • Appreciate the need for and development of collaboration and organization among North American Benedictine schools.


Benedictine Youth Conference

July 16 - 18, 2017

Benedictine College

Atchison, Kansas

The National Benedictine Youth Congress is a three-day event where students from twenty-three Benedictine high schools are invited to gather to celebrate common tradition, share the way in which schools live by St. Benedict's Rule, and create lasting bonds.  The congress is arranged around the daily monastic schedule; balancing study, prayer, and play.  This is an opportunity for students to develop Benedictine leadership skills while living, learning and laughing with teens from Benedictine schools from throughout the United States 


2015 BENet Colloquium

July 22 - 25, 2015

Benedictine University & Benet Academy

Lisle, IL 

Benedictine schools in the age of Pope Francis. 


International Conferences

BENET 2019

Glebe, Australia

Sep 30 - Oct 4, 2019

The wisdom of Benedict as the context for BENet will be explored through storytelling,
reflection, prayer, and listening. The Benedictine imperative to ‘listen with the ear of your
heart’ (RB Prologue) will guide the program which will also draw inspiration from one of
the oldest traditions in Australian indigenous culture – that of songlines. Like the epic
poems of many cultural traditions, songlines are where stories are both held and passed on;
like teacher and guide, imparting knowledge, language, and wisdom across the land and

across the years.

The Southern Cross, though present in the skies of other southern hemisphere continents and nations, exists most prominently in the Australian skies. It is strongly associated with ideas of Australian identity and its Indigenous and European history. It has been part of indigenous cosmology for millennia and features prominently in many dreaming stories of the more than 400 cultural groups across the country. In the Arrente language of the central desert, it means ‘God’s finger’ Ngkartele Tywepware. The Southern Cross played a significant role for European navigators from the 16th century as the southern hemisphere was increasingly explored. It has appeared on flags representing Australia since 1832 - famously on the Eureka Flag of the Ballarat miners’ uprising in 1854 and as the centerpiece of the Australian flag since 1901.

BENET 2016

Casa la Salle, Rome

April 4 - 8, 2016