Exploring Belmont Abbey College’s History: A Journey Through Time

Exploring Belmont Abbey College’s History: A Journey Through Time
July 5, 2024

Author: The Crusader Staff Writer Jackeline Silva

Belmont Abbey College, nestled in the heart of Belmont, North Carolina, stands as a testament to faith, and academic excellence. Belmont Abbey College, founded in 1876 by Benedictine monks, who began their journey with the idea of providing quality education with the integration of Catholic values. The college was originally established as St. Mary’s College, with a primary focus to prepare young men for a life of service and leadership.

During the 20th century, Belmont Abbey College went through significant expansion and growth. The college expanded its facilities and programs which influenced an increase in enrollment.

In the 21st century, Belmont Abbey College continued to evolve, welcoming technological advancements and educational practices while staying true to its core, catholic values.

To this day, the presence of Benedictine monks continues to be integral regarding the identity of Belmont Abbey College. One of the most profound impacts of the monks is their role as spiritual guides and mentors. Through daily prayer services, retreats, and pastoral care, they provide students with opportunities for reflection, growth, and moral development.

At Belmont Abbey College, the influence of the monks resonates deeply within the campus community, as affirmed by Olivia Brandt, a dedicated student. Brandt says “The monks play a big role in this college and have provided helpful guidance when needed”.

As Belmont Abbey College looks to the future, the influence of the Benedictine monks remains as strong as ever. Their timeless values and commitment to excellence continue to shape the college’s mission and vision.

This article was originally posted in the Spring 2024, Issue 2 of The Crusader NewspaperDownload the full issue here.