They were inspired by the idea of creating a truly meaningful interdisciplinarity in education, where Christianity is given its rightful place as the unifying factor in the development of European civilisation. Benedictus is also a response to the challenge of Pope Benedict XVI's call for a "New Evangelisation" in Europe through education. With fellow Founding Trustees Keith Stanfield, Franz Forrester and Timothy O'Callaghan and alongside colleagues and educators, they worked on the strategy and the direction of the project from its inception.
The members of the Trust have undertaken several strands of activity over the last three years; building a network of academic and other contacts across the UK, Europe and the USA, spreading awareness and fundraising, speaking at academic conferences and making presentations to schools. Our work continues as we move towards our operational phase, opening with the one-year Benedictus Certificate in Liberal Arts as soon as arrangements are in place. In 2012 the Academic Team (now the Academic Advisory Committee) began regular meetings to discuss the curriculum and to create the structural documents necessary for the eventual accreditation of the course and recognition of Benedictus by the UK government.