Rooted in the Reformed tradition, Hope College is committed to a robust ecumenism. This ecumenism begins with a deep love for Jesus Christ and seeks to articulate differences in the context of a friendship ordered toward truth. For this reason, it is important that the growing Catholic student population at Hope be formed in the Catholic tradition and therefore able to contribute a distinctively Catholic Christian witness to Hope’s diverse Christian community. By cultivating spiritually and intellectually well-formed Catholic students, the Saint Benedict Institute for Catholic Thought, Culture, and Evangelization seeks to foster a deeper understanding of Christian truth and an increased affection amongst all Christians at Hope College. Moreover, by strengthening Catholic identity among the Catholic students, the Institute assists Hope College in advancing its unique mission of being a vibrant Christian school, defined both by its Reformed heritage and its ecumenical commitment.
Within the Hope College community, the Saint Benedict Institute has cultivated friendships with the Union of Catholic Students, Campus Ministries, the Religion Department, Philosophy Department, English Department, Political Science Department, Economics Department as well as the Office of Multicultural Education. In the wider community, the Saint Benedict Institute has benefited from its partnership with the two local Catholic parishes, St. Francis de Sales and Our Lady of the Lake, as well as the local chapter of the Knights of Columbus. These friendships and generous co-sponsors have enhanced our mission of serving students and the community.