Benedictine Education: A Gift to the World
Administrators of Benedictine Schools all over the world gathered in SSC for the BENET 2013 Conference
On October 23 – 26, 2013, SSC hosted the 6th BENET (Benedictine Educators Network) Global Conference. Delegates from the eighteen (18) countries namely: Philippines, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ethiopia, Germany, Ireland, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Spain, Angola, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States of America and Italy, gathered to participate in the conference with the theme, “Benedictine Education: A Gift to the World”. This theme deeply expresses the continued contribution and pursuit of excellence of Benedictine education in social change and transformation.
The previous conferences were held in the United Kingdom, USA, Brazil, Chile, and Germany. BENET is being organized by the International Commission on Benedictine Education (ICBE) every 2 years. This year’s conference was aptly held in the Philippines where the Association of Benedictine Schools of the Manila Priory and San Beda College have the most number of students.
St. Scholastica’s College, Manila has prepared for this important event for almost a year. The conference featured two Keynote Speakers – Sr. Mary John Mananzan, OSB and Fr. Eugene Sylva, and parallel sessions on best practices in Benedictine Schools all over the world. Other highlights of the event included a warm welcome of the delegates and campus tour, opening program at St. Cecilia’s Hall, report of Fr. Christopher Jamison, OSB, ICBE President, a cultural show presented by The Bayanihan, the National Folk Dance Company of the Philippines, visits to San Beda College and Ayala Museum, workshops and lectio by deaneries, plenary sessions and regional meetings. Lauds and Vespers were prayed in the Chapel and the Eucharist was celebrated by Fr. Elias Lorenzo, Msgr. Gerardo Santos, Abbot Primate Notker Wolf, and Fr. Christopher Jamison together with other priests-concelebrants.
The presence of the delegates from all over the world, the conferences and sharings are indeed rich resources that will help the Benedictine educators in spreading the gift of Benedictine education to the world.
By: Ms. Sweet Caroline Libao