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Monks separate from school after it hires coach in same-sex marriage
2022-01-05

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The group of Benedictine monks governing Lisle's Benet Academy announced it will cut ties with the school after the hiring of a lacrosse coach who is in a same-sex marriage, according to Naperville News 17.

Benet Academy Chancellor Abbot Austin G. Murphy and School Board of Directors Chairman Dennis Flynn announced the separation Jan. 4. The statement is at https://www.procopius.org//post/statement-on-benet-academy.

They explained that the monk community, St. Procopius Abbey, had spent the months since the September hiring examining their relationship with the school. Murphy and Flynn added that alternatives for Benet Academy's governance are being studied, and the abbey will continue in its current governing role in the meantime.

Benet—which describes itself on its website as a "Catholic, Benedictine, College Preparatory High School"—faced community backlash for rescinding a lacrosse head coach position offer to Amanda Kammes in September after learning she was married to another woman. However, the school soon reversed course and offered the position to Kammes again.


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