Bennie Conversations: How She Shines

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At Saint Ben’s, every Bennie knows the motto “so let your light shine.” This phrase, inspired by Matthew’s account of the Sermon on the Mount, tells us of Jesus’ encouragement of his disciples to be bold in their good works. Rather than hide their light under a basket, they were told to place it on a stand for all to see.

As Bennies, we know the impact of living our motto and letting our light shine – individually and collectively. It has illuminated generations for more than a century. Now it’s your turn.


Bennie Conversations: How She Shines is an initiative designed to capture the individual impacts of our collective light. Through alumna-to-alumna interviews, we hope to celebrate and preserve the moments that define a Bennie. Throughout the Illuminating Lives campaign, as we compile Bennie Conversations and other sparks of Bennie illumination, we’ll be posting them here.


Our goal is to record 500 of these alumnae conversations between now and the end of the campaign. That goal means that the individual and collective light of 500 Bennies will really shine and illuminate the past and the future. And just as important, it means that hundreds of Bennies will be connecting with each other, many for the first time, as they share stories. But to do that, we’ll need help. Lots of help.

Bennie Conversations

Share your story.

Help capture the story.

  • Volunteer to interview other Bennies.
  • Nominate Bennies with great stories to share.
  • Nominate Bennies who are great listeners to become interviewers.
    Volunteer or nominate a friend.

To learn more or volunteer, contact Abby Hansen ’12, CSB engagement officer, at or 1-320-363-5876.

Read the stories.

There are many stores of illumination. Read them here.