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May 22, 2018

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September 6, 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 2, 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 8, 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!