Students in graduation


June 2019

St. Benedict’s faculty members Rich Molina ’06 and Pat Flynn H’95 attended the Brother Edward Englund Benedictine Leadership Institute (BLI) program last month at Saint John's University and the College of St. Benedict in Minnesota.

This was year two of a three-year BLI program for the formation of lay faculty in the Benedictine charism. It is designed to encourage, support and train the faculty in helping their communities to deepen, strengthen, and share their Benedictine identity with students, faculty, staff and parents.

Molina, a physics teacher and fencing coach at The Hive, and Flynn, head of the school’s drama guild, heard speakers from the university and monastery, met for breakout sessions in small groups, shared in Lectio Divina, and prayed with the monks and sisters, under the aegis of Abbot Elias Lorenzo, OSB, President of the American-Cassinese Congregation. 

Flynn has been at both BLI programs, while Molina was taking part in his first. They also had time to visit with Meg Nelson (pictured in bottom photo with Flynn), sister of the late Fr. Mark Payne, OSB ’69, as well as alumni, Farrad Williams ‘16, Jaheer Jones ’15 and John Sarabia ’07. They also caught up with former Benedictine volunteer at The Hive, Nick Crowley, who now teaches at nearby St. John's Prep. Crowley is pictured (top photo, left) with Williams (center) and Molina.