Our Benedictine heritage
Established in 1895 by monks of the Roman Catholic Order of Saint
Benedict, the Saint Martin’s community is shaped by its Benedictine
heritage; a heritage characterized by a commitment to intellectual and
spiritual growth, hospitality, and service.
Rooted in The Rule of Saint Benedict Benedictine communities are
encouraged—through inquiry and self-examination—to grow in all areas of
life, strengthening through faith, self-reflection and personal rigor. As a
community, Saint Martin’s seeks to cultivate those qualities universally
agreed upon to be worthwhile pursuing: kindness, compassion, love, patience,
diligence, rigor, respect and open-heartedness, to name just a few. Our
Benedictine heritage acts as our lodestar, guiding our choices as an
institution and continually reminding us to: care for ourselves and others,
listen with our hearts, nurture and develop our communities and standing for
those in need.
The precepts of The Rule of St. Benedict permeate the atmosphere at Saint
Martin’s University. They can be felt in every building, in every office, in
every classroom where the members of the Saint Martin’s community live in
service to one another and the world around them.
Underlying life at Saint Martin’s is an active commitment—a
willingness—on the part of each member of the community to espouse and
pursue the Benedictine ideal; an ideal that directly impacts all activity.
It is the richness of the Benedictine tradition woven into life that makes
Saint Martin’s University unique. And with renewed vision, this same
tradition leads us into the future.