“The Rule” Documents a Benedictine Success Story in Newark

sbpI’m working on a story for the Register about a film called The Rule, which documents the monks of St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark and their success in applying the Rule of St. Benedict to the education of at-risk youth in Newark.

This is a film that needs to be seen and a story that needs to be told. These men, who stayed behind when the rest of their order fled Newark in the wake of the 67 riots and subsequent upheavals, are heroes. Their methods are working, with a college acceptance rate of almost 100% and an 88% college completion rate. This is in the 7th most violent city in the country, with 14% unemployment and 1/3rd of the population in poverty.

Check out the trailer and the SBP blog, and I’ll link the story when it’s done.