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November 19, 2012
Father & Uncle I think of you always.

"Hail to thee from all creatures from every land, from the height of heaven, from the depth of the sea.
The spirits thou hast made extol thee, saying, welcome to thee, father of the fathers of the gods; we worship thy spirit which is in us."

A hymn to Amun-Ra inspired by his interests, one of which was Egyptian monotheism. Friends of St Charles, and others posting here, thank you for remembering.
November 18, 2012
As posted on Father's door...

The Soldier

If I should die, think only this of me:
That there's some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
A body of England's, breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.

And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.
Rupert Brooke, 1914

Alumnibus Sancti Caroli
November 18, 2012
Happy Birthday Father...we love you still and miss you greatly.
September 06, 2011
Additionally, I send my heartfelt gratitude to all of the St Charles alumni, faculty, and friends for adding so richly to his life.
September 06, 2011
Tomorrow will be a day of remembrance for me. He used to babysit me, his niece, prior to his ordination in the early 50s when I was very young. He was the embodiment of the kind father. He meant very much to me. He was the epitome of with and dry humor. I travel with his picture even now. He entertained different perspectives thoughtfully and dispassionately. He was calm and he was FUNNY! I love you Old Bean!
June 17, 2009
It is 3 am, and I find myself reading these entries months after Father's passing, still getting goosebumps. I entered "Father Bennett" in a random Google search, which led me here again, and found that he is properly documented online, especially on YouTube and Facebook. An impressive feat for a man of his age, yet in no way surprising. Father Bennett will live on in the hearts and minds of Carolians forever, and I am sure we all revel in the fact that there are many ways we can access the infamous stories and mannerisms of this true hero.

There are too many stories for me to tell, but I would like to share one observation: I have found that when two or more St. Charles students/alumni are gathered, the topic of St. Charles is discussed (no matter the time, the place, nor the number of non-SC people involved). And this leads to hilarious tales of the greatness of Father.

Father, it was a pleasure to be taught by you, to share dinner with you, and to throw "Butterscotch!" for you. I am proud to be an FBF and a fellow Pole.
January 02, 2009
As we make our resolutions for a new year without Father Bennett as part of our earthly journey -- let's recall his final words to many of us at the Baccalaureate Mass. "Gentlemen: Put God First."
October 08, 2008
Msgr. Bennett... what a hole his departure leaves in the heart of all men of St. Charles. Many of my most formative memories and experiences of my years there center around him and his classes. I'll always remember his "narcolepsy" fits during class, and how he pushed us to not accept anything than our personal best. One of the greatest lessons that I now realized that I learned from him was how as becoming young men we needed to be able to hold ourselves to account for our actions and decisions and that this lessons needed to be applied both inside and out outside the classroom. Msgr. Bennett, thank you for the wonderful life lessons. Thank you for your stern yet fair demeanor when we needed a swift kick (or a few push-ups). Thank you for your endearing and warm side, letting us know that it was okay to feel. Thank you for all the ghost stories. Thank you for the lessons and the memories. Thank you for helping me to know that Chester A. Arthur was our 21st President!
October 01, 2008
The St. Gregory class of "1949" send their deepest condolences. We were very proud of the work that Msgr. Bennett did. He truly loved his work.
September 27, 2008
I was extremely shocked and saddened to learn that Msgr. Bennett had been called to his heavenly abode. Our Cardinal Family has lost one of its greatest and endearing treasures. I always appreciated his caring, yet tempermental view of life. Many of us shared the best of times at St. Charles during US History and the ever-popular, Current Events course. Those of us who had the amazing opportunity to be 'yelled at' by Father were all affected in the most positive of ways!! I did get to see him briefly on a visit to the school last year, and he still remembered. It's always feels good to come home, yet it will never be the same place. That's the blessing he left for the St. Charles Family and now we have a powerful ally in heaven to pray for us. May God find favor with his loving servant and continue to pour out His grace to us. WE WILL MISS YOU OLD FRIEND!

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