Join Stephen Minnis on Pilgrimage
A native of St. Joseph, MO, Minnis graduated from Benedictine College in 1982. He obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from Washburn University in 1985 and Master of Business Administration degree in 1993 from Baker University. He served as an Assistant District Attorney and as General Attorney, Director, regulatory policy at Spirit Corporation before becoming President of Benedictine College in 2004. During his presidency, Benedictine has for the first time been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges and recognized by the Cardinal Newman Society as one of the top 20 Catholic universities in America. Under his leadership, the college has launched the Thompson Center for Integrity in Finance and Economics, the John Paul II Fellows, the Center for Integral Ecology, and the Center for Beauty and Culture. Recently, Benedictine College announced a new vision to Transform Culture in America. Minnis is married to Amy (Kohake), a 1984 graduate of Benedictine College. The couple has three grown children, Matthew (Mary Katherine), Michael (Lauriane) and Molly (Matthew Harrison), and four grandchildren, Joseph, Mary Eleanor, Benedict, and Mary Frances.
Upcoming Pilgrimage Trips
Our Spiritual Director: Fr. Ryan Richardson
Fr Ryan Richardson serves as chaplain of Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas and executive director of the Catholic Worldview Fellowship, a summer study abroad for talented Catholic college students who seek to evangelize culture. He graduated summa cum laude in 2003 from Loyola University in New Orleans where he obtained a B.B.A. in Economics. After graduation, he served 2 years as a missionary with Regnum Christi and in 2005 joined the Legionaries of Christ. During his years of priestly formation, he served as an Assistant to the Instructor of Novices in Cheshire, CT, and co-founder of Upper Room Rome, an apostolate that networks English speaking Catholic college students in the Eternal City. In 2016, he was ordained to the priesthood and graduated summa cum laude with degrees in Philosophy and Theology from the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum. He has since served as chaplain of Young Catholic Professionals in Dallas, Texas and a spiritual director for FOCUS New Staff Training.