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NHS induction of 2016-17 members in Bandas Gym.

The National Honor Society is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who demonstrate excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

Questions? Please contact NHS Advisor Mr. Brian Walter.

NHS members volunteer at many events on campus and in the community including the Red & White Benefit

NHS members volunteer at many events on campus and in the community including the Red & White Benefit

The Monsignor Bandas Chapter of the National Honor Society at Saint Agnes School is named in honor of Monsignor Rudulph G. Bandas, Pastor of the Church of Saint Agnes from 1957-1969.

Rudolph George Bandas was born in Biscay near Silver Lake, Minnesota, April 18, 1896. He studied the classics at the University of Minnesota and at the College of Saint Thomas before entering the Saint Paul Seminary. He was ordained a priest by Archbishop Dowling on June 19, 1921. He did further studies at Cambridge and Oxford universities in England and in 1924 he was awarded the doctorate in philosophy at the Angelicum University in Rome. He studied at the University of Louvain in Belgium where he earned the degrees of S.T.D. et M. in 1925, before returning to Saint Paul to teach in the seminary as professor of dogmatic theology and catechetics. His theological specialty was Saint Paul’s teaching on the Redemption which was contained chiefly in his book, The Master Idea of Saint Paul’s Epistles. During his years as professor theology he organized the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine throughout the archdiocese and founded the Catholic Youth Centers in Saint Paul and Minneapolis. His published works include Contemporary Philosophy and Thomistic Principles in 1932, Biblical Questions in 1943, and Modern Questions in 1953. In 1945, he became rector of the seminary, a post he filled until his appointment to Saint Agnes in 1957. He was named a domestic prelate by Pope Pius XII, January 15, 1955.

Internationally famous for his studies and publications in catechetics, his writings were translated into several European and oriental languages. His textbooks for the teaching of religion in grade and high schools, Faith of Our Fathers, published in 1968, were widely used. Monsignor Bandas was a member of two commissions during the Second Vatican Council, one on dogma and the other on seminaries. He was a member of the Pontifical Roman Academy and a consultor of the Sacred Congregation of Seminaries and Universities. He attended every session of the Second Vatican Council. He died on June 26, 1969.

Links of Interest

National Constitution

Monsignor Bandas Chapter – Bylaws

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