Each month we celebrate students and faculty who represent 4 Benedictine Pillars at St. E: Stability, Hospitality, Service & Humility, and Prayer & Work.
Stability - Senior, Thomas Maddams This recognition upholds the Benedictine virtue of commitment to this community - to our people, our history, and our traditions. This commitment is embodied through dedicated participation in our common life, prayer, service, and activities. Stability is balanced by our openness to God's call to change and grow. This individual embodies the bricks and mortar of our St. E community.
Hospitality - Staff, Mrs. Pattie Barker This recognizes the individual who embraces the dignity and divine presence of everyone they encounter. St. Benedict identified three groups as in particular need of hospitality - our leaders, because they bear the burden of our community on their shoulders; our sick, because their suffering calls us to support them through prayers and presence; and our guests, because as a Christian community we welcome all as if they are Christ himself. This individual embodies the open arms and bounty of the our St. E community.
Service & Humility - Freshman, Ariane Simbulan We embrace, as a Christian community, the model of leadership embodied by Jesus Christ - service to all in need. We recognize the individual who embraces authentic humility - placing the will of God and the needs of others ahead of our perceived rights and privileged desires. Humility and service begin with obedience to God's command to love one another without measure or distinction. This individual embodies Christ who humbly washed the feet of his own disciples.
Prayer & Work - Junior, Claudia Offutt Our Benedictine charism if often summarized in our motto, "Ora et labora." - prayer and work. This motto stresses the importance of unity in life; it does not present these two virtues as distinct realities. Rather, it holds prayer and work together - as a single set of lungs. Everything that we do, whether in the classroom, in athletic competition, in the hallways or in the Church, is work for God's greater glory. This individual recognizes that God continues to work where we work.