Benet Academy Day of Giving and Founders Day


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Students, staff, and faculty gather before school on March 2.

On March 2, Benet Academy celebrated Founder’s Day, the 136th anniversary of Benet Academy´s founding. Although there was no all-school mass, a commemorative service was held in the chapel before school. If anything, this change heightened the reverence of the event. 

The day was simply a moment to express gratitude for the continued Benedictine tradition due to the absence of the all-school mass. Erin Cronin recounts, “It was really nice to have Abbot Hugh give a reminder of how important faith is to our Benet history and how it continues each day.”

The grounds of Benet Academy were initially established as a Bohemian orphanage for the Archdiocese of Chicago. The land was later leased to serve as the location for St. Procopius College Academy, initially functioning as an all-boys school in Chicago. It was not until 1967 that St. Procopius joined with the all-girls Sacred Heart Academy to form Benet Academy. 

With Founder’s Day, Benet Academy celebrated its 6th Annual Day of Giving. Benet Academy families were encouraged to donate to support Benet Academy’s continued emphasis on a high caliber of education, athletics, and extracurricular activities. The generosity of the Benet Academy’s community amassed a total of $97,000 in donations, fulfilling the $20,000 matching challenge.

Throughout the years, Benet Academy’s campus has continued to expand through new additions, creating various architectural styles that serve as the perfect metaphor for the school’s history: The students of the present walk the same steps as those of the past. No matter the decade, the decisions of Benet Academy have been governed by an optimistic outlook of the future with a reverence for the past.