28 November, 2008

Roots of Action Tour is coming to Benedictine Academy!

Our O Ambassador Club is excited to announce the Roots of Action Tour coming to Benedictine Academy this week! Katie Meyler and Michael Chikwanine, expert peer leaders and motivational speakers, will be giving a dynamic presentation and workshop to our school community on Thursday, December 4th at 9:45 a.m.. They will challenge our students to think critically about their world and the role they can play in making it a better place. With a focus on the Millennium Development Goals, Katie and Michael will share their stories to help bring these global issues to life.

We are pleased to extend our Benedictine Hospitality to our readers. If you are interested in joining us, please call Campus Ministry at (908) 352-0670, ext.125. There is no charge. Space is limited.

The O Ambassadors is an exciting new joint project of Oprah's Angel Network and Free the Children. It empowers our young people to become active, compassionate and knowledgeable global citizens.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Our beloved Reverend Luke Davis, dear friend and father of alumnae Ericka Davis, gathered with our Benedictine Academy school community on Wednesday morning at St. Walburga Monastery. He inspired our hearts and minds with his encouraging words about the current events of our times. "It's about us as a people, human beings, coming together to do what needs to be done... and in the Thanksgiving Season, all of us are giving thanks to God because He has brought us to where are, where we can recognize each other as brother and sister... and together , we can accomplish anything for God, who is wonderful!"

Our Gospel Choir sang, "All praises be to the King of Kings, for the Lord our God is wonderful!"

The Student Council gathered over 12 large cardboard boxes of non-perishable food, frozen turkeys and delicious pies during the past week. All of our students and staff shared generously their blessings with those who are hungry and in need, at the local shelters and Community Food Bank.
The Lord our God is wonderful!

17 November, 2008

In Loving Memory

During the month of November, we remember our loved ones as we watch the autumn leaves fall from the trees. We know in the depths of our hearts that the ties of love and friendship will never be broken. This past Thursday, our Campus Ministers assisted over 50 of their classmates in the making of Memorial bracelets in honor of their mothers, fathers, grandparents, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, and friends. As one family, sisters, we prayed in confidence and hope for those who have gone before us into eternal life with Christ. "For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have eternal life, and I shall raise them on the last day". (John 6:40)

07 November, 2008


As a voice for the voiceless, the O'AMBASSADORS Campus Ministry Club introduced their new ten minute documentary to the school community: STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING NOW! This important documentary speaks of the dangers of forced labor and sexual exploitation. As one student explains, "Over 27 million people are enslaved globally. It has become a Global Epidemic!" At Benedictine Academy, we believe education is the key to preventing children (especially young girls) from falling victim to human trafficking. Our goal is twofold. We want to create an awareness regarding this serious issue, and secondly, raise $8500. to build a one room school building in a targeted country through Free the Children. Our O'Ambassador Club participates in the O Ambassador Program, a joint project by Oprah's Angel Network and Free the Children. We are have raised 60% of our goal. If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the DVD or contributing to our awing task, please call Sr. Donna Jo or Mrs. Michalski at 908.3520670, ext. 125. Together we can and will make a difference.

Minister Bill Paige "Keeps it Real"

Bill Paige, a gifted and passionate speaker, touched the hearts of every student and staff member this past Wednesday. An ordained minister, Bill has worked with young people for over 14 years, and has served both the National Football League and Major League Baseball Teams. As Bill shared his faith journey with Jesus, our students were inspired and filled with hope. To quote one of our senior students, "Bill Paige is an AMAZING PERSON! We are gratfeul to be able to see in a new way the love of God in the storms of our lives..."