A Catholic liberal arts education is the beginning of a lifelong intellectual journey. Benedictus offers an education faithful to the teachings of the Catholic church, yet open to students from all culture and faith backgrounds.
Our name, Benedictus, honours St Benedict's work as an educator. The son of a Roman nobleman, born amid the chaos of the end of the Western Roman Empire, he was eager to foster the new era of Christian faith, culture and scholarship, bringing the gifts of the Church to wider society. Benedict wrote a 'Rule' for his monastic Order and in it he insisted on the importance of education. The monasteries supported the education of both men and women, reaching out from the abbey walls to support and teach children of the nearby regions. The monasteries and convents both preserved and enlarged Europe’s cultural inheritance.
More than seven centuries later St Thomas Aquinas, who would do more than anyone else to unite Christian doctrine with the Greek tradition of inquiry exemplified by Aristotle, began his education at the Benedictine abbey of Monte Cassino, south of Rome.