The Benedictine Pedagogy Conference was conceived by a sub-committee of the Center for Mission and Identity (CMI) advisory board at Benedictine University. After trying many venues to discuss and implement ideas from the applications of Ex corde Ecclesiae and the Association for Benedictine Colleges and Universities (ABCU) reports and discussion papers, we felt isolated with what we were doing and how well we were doing it and began to question what other Benedictine schools were able to do or if they were doing anything at all. After having many on-campus discussions about our Catholic and Benedictine mission and identity in connection with the ABCU Hallmarks and their place in our academic community, we decided it was time to include others in the conversation. Hence the First Annual Benedictine Pedagogy Conference was scheduled in May-June 2007.
After the success of the first conference, an advisory team comprised of faculty and administrators from Benedictine University, Saint Anselm College, Saint Vincent College, and Marmion Academy who attended the conference, were brought together to talk about the future of such an enterprise. Now in its seventh year, the conference has been an avenue for innovation, collaboration, sharing and camaraderie among faculty, staff and administrators from Benedictine colleges, universities, academies and high schools.
The two day conference consists of presentations and discussions of the many and varied ways in which we incorporate our similar, yet unique, Benedictine concepts, values, and traditions into the operations of our respective institutions. Our hope for this conference is that we find common ground for discussion and to develop new possibilities for us all to use. And, as Benedictine scholars, we delight in sharing our unique and timeless charism that was developed by St. Benedict fifteen centuries ago.
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