“Let all guests who arrive be received like Christ.”
—“The Rule of St. Benedict,” Chapter 53
At Benedictine, interfaith relationships spring from our Catholic roots. According to Nostra Aetate (the Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions of the Second Vatican Council), Catholics believe that all humanity forms one community.
The Church, therefore Benedictine Campus Ministry, “rejects nothing of what is true and holy in [other] religions.”
Catholics understand themselves as being one with Jews, as having a high regard for the monotheism of Muslims and as admiring the understanding of the “state of perfect liberation and … supreme illumination” of Hinduism, according to the papal declaration.
At Benedictine our students come from many different faith backgrounds. Of the 65% of Spring 2016 traditional undergraduate students on the Lisle campus who indicated a religious preference:
- 47% were Catholic
- 24% were Muslim
- 21% were Christians
- 3% had no religious preference
- 2% were Hindu
We believe this diversity is an opportunity to create a living example of how religious and nonreligious people can live together as a community, work together for the good of the world, and be united in a true appreciation and respect for diversity. We welcome the world to Benedictine University as St. Benedict has bid us to do. The section for Ecumenical and Interfaith Engagement in Campus Ministry welcomes all faculty, staff and students to dialogue, join in our interreligious initiatives and pray as Jesus taught us to pray, “that they all might be one.”
Ecumenical and interfaith engagement at Benedictine takes a variety of forms, and we welcome all. Learn more about different ways you can bring together your own religious and nonreligious experiences with those of others.