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'''Saint Bernard College''', later '''Southern Benedictine College''' was a Catholic college operated by the [[Benedictine Society of Alabama]] in [[Cullman]] from [[1929]] to [[1979]].
 
'''Saint Bernard College''', later '''Southern Benedictine College''' was a Catholic college operated by the [[Benedictine Society of Alabama]] in [[Cullman]] from [[1929]] to [[1979]].
  
The college was an outgrowth of the preparatory school at [[St Bernard Abbey]], which began conferring bachelor's degrees as early as [[1893]]. It was established as a junior college in 1929, and expanded to a four-year college by [[1955]]. It was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools the following year.
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The college was an outgrowth of the [[St Bernard Preparatory School|preparatory school]] at [[St Bernard Abbey]], which began conferring bachelor's degrees as early as [[1893]]. It was established as a junior college in 1929, and expanded to a four-year college by [[1955]]. It was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools the following year.
  
Saint Bernard dropped its college preparatory program in [[1962]]. During the late 1960s, the college's athletic teams gained prominence. In particular, the judo program, founded by [[Larry Ventura]], earned national recognition, and the golf team won the [[1971]] NAIA  
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Saint Bernard dropped its college preparatory program in [[1962]]. During the late 1960s, the college's athletic teams gained prominence. In particular, the judo program, founded by [[Larry Ventura]], earned national recognition, and the golf team won the [[1971]] NAIA championship. St Bernard's soccer teams of the 1960s and 70s also earned national rankings.
  
It merged with [[Cullman College]] to form "Southern Benedictine College" in [[1976]].
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Saint Bernard College merged with [[Cullman College]] to form "Southern Benedictine College" in [[1976]]. The college closed on [[May 13]], [[1979]]. Since [[1984]] the campus has hosted a re-opened [[St Bernard Preparatory School]].
 
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<!--The Judo team founder, Larry Ventura, while holding only the rank of Brown Belt encouraged many young students to follow his ideals and love of Kodakan Judo. In the fall of 1967 Robert C. (Bob) Bennett, Brown Belt,( one of the many students from the Great Philadelphia, Pa area) replaced founder Ventura as the Head Instructor and Captain of the Judo Team.  The [[golf]] team was ranked nationally winning the NAIA Men's Championship in 1971.[http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/naia/sports/m-golf/auto_pdf/MGolfChampionshipRecords.pdf]  The soccer teams of the 1960's were highly competitive with varsity players , such as, Manny Martinese, Kevin Kelly (New Jersey), Larry Lenzi and additionally, the [[soccer]] team gained national ranking in NAIA especially after recruiting [[Neil O'Donoghue]] in 1972 who later went on to play football for [[Auburn University]] and the NFL. Several books have been penned in telling true history of this small Alabama college as well as fictional works,such as, " We Boys, We Saints, We Men" loosely based on the late 1960's students and their lives.
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Southern Benedictine officially closed on May 13, 1979.
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[[St. Bernard Preparatory School]] was reopened in 1984 on the Southern Benedictine campus.  It received its accreditation in 1995.
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==References==
 
==References==
* ''[http://www.stbernardprep.com/history.htm St. Bernard Preparatory School: A History]''.  St. Bernard Preparatory School.  Accessed June 9, 2006.
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* ''[http://www.stbernardprep.com/history.htm St. Bernard Preparatory School: A History]''.  St Bernard Preparatory School - accessed June 9, 2006
  
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
* [http://www.shmon.org/ Benedictine Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery]
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* [http://www.stbernardprep.com/ St. Bernard Preparatory School]
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* [http://www.stbernardprep.com St Bernard Preparatory School] website
* [http://www.stbernardabbey.com/ St. Bernard Abbey]
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* [http://books.google.com/books?id=7OEDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA175&dq=Popular+Science+1933+plane+%22Popular+Mechanics%22&hl=en&ei=v_wHTomlB6H30gG6tLzMCw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=6&sqi=2&ved=0CD4Q6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q&f=true "City of Little Jerusalem Constructed by Monk"] ''Popular Mechanics'', August 1933
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Revision as of 15:12, 17 November 2013

Saint Bernard College, later Southern Benedictine College was a Catholic college operated by the Benedictine Society of Alabama in Cullman from 1929 to 1979.

The college was an outgrowth of the preparatory school at St Bernard Abbey, which began conferring bachelor's degrees as early as 1893. It was established as a junior college in 1929, and expanded to a four-year college by 1955. It was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools the following year.

Saint Bernard dropped its college preparatory program in 1962. During the late 1960s, the college's athletic teams gained prominence. In particular, the judo program, founded by Larry Ventura, earned national recognition, and the golf team won the 1971 NAIA championship. St Bernard's soccer teams of the 1960s and 70s also earned national rankings.

Saint Bernard College merged with Cullman College to form "Southern Benedictine College" in 1976. The college closed on May 13, 1979. Since 1984 the campus has hosted a re-opened St Bernard Preparatory School.

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