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Oct 13, 2020

On this week's show, Father Edwin Leahy, O.S.B. schools us about the compelling new Quibi short-form series Benedict Men.
About Father Edwin Leahy, O.S.B.:
FATHER EDWIN D. LEAHY, O.S.B., became the 23rd Headmaster of Saint Benedict's Preparatory School in 1972. St. Benedict's has now grown to 747 young men, most from African American and Hispanic backgrounds, and 51 faculty members. 98% of the school’s graduates go on to college, with the most academically talented attending such colleges as Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Georgetown, Holy Cross, Harvard, Notre Dame, NYU, Penn and Rutgers. Today, St. Benedict’s Prep includes a counseling center--a comprehensive mental health services department. The department is at the forefront of applied school psychology and is a resource virtually nonexistent in other urban school settings, an achievement which was featured in the documentary "The Rule" by Marylou and Jerome Bongiorno.  During Father Edwin’s tenure focused therapy groups were established for the St. Benedict's students, including Alateen for students with a loved one who abuses drugs or alcohol, and Unknown Sons for students who do not have relationships with, or knowledge of their fathers. In 2005 the Velvet Rope program was established in the Leahy House, which helps resident students deal with a variety of socio-emotional issues that impact their learning.
About Benedict Men:
Executive produced by Stephen Curry, Benedict Men is a documentary series that chronicles life at St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, N.J., an all-boys school founded on one core belief: "Whatever hurts my brother, hurts me.”  The series follows the school’s nationally ranked basketball team as they learn the meaning of brotherhood through academic excellence and sport.  Their value does not lie in the number of points they score, but rather what they accomplish together as a team.
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