International Student, Luisa
“Everyone sings and dances and they wear the traditional
The tradition was brought to Benedictiine by Fr. Brendan Rolling in 2000.
“King Ludwig I of Bavaria helped the monks build our first Abbey in Atchison which is Ferrell Hall [now Elizabeth Hall] today,” Fr. Brendan said.
According to Residence Director Sean Mulcahy, the Abbey and the Mount of St. Scholastica roots are traced backed to monasteries and schools in Bavaria as well.
“The monks founded the college and so it really just ties in our historical roots that we want to honor and celebrate every year,” Mulcahy said. “The particular Order of monks who came over to Atchison, Kansas came from Bavaria.”
As part of the opening ceremony, the mayor in Munich always taps and fills the first glass of beer from the barrels that are brought to the festival.
Here at Benedictine, the campus has always begun with the opening ceremony and a celebratory toast, just as the Germans.
“It’s successful at not only honoring that [our heritage