The four core themes of Saint Martin’s University are faith,
reason, service and community.
Individually and in tandem with one another, these four themes manifest
essential elements of our mission and
collectively encompass our mission.
At root the foundation of our beliefs is nothing more, ultimately, than
the commitment we have to them. Saint Martin's University is a community
committed to the Benedictine dispositions that inspired, founded, and
continue to inform our mission: we acknowledge the fundamental necessity of
the human confrontation with faith in all its aspects—religious,
interpersonal, political, social, in all the commitments required in a
life—as a critical element in the pursuit of truth.
Reason is a fundamental tool in service to the pursuit of truth. Fully
appreciating and employing the power of reason at Saint Martin’s University
means going beyond the mere production of usefully-skilled and employable
graduates, and aims at producing thoughtful, educated, independent thinkers
capable of, and interested in, making a positive difference in the world
Teaching and learning should provide opportunities for service to the
community. Service, and its partner, hospitality, express essential elements
of the Benedictine philosophy. Saint Martin’s University is an entity that
serves, and this is thematic of how the community engages in its
daily work. Saint Martin's University nurtures the impulse to serve and aims
to graduate men and women distinguished by their thoughtful commitment to
helping meet societal needs.
The spirit of Benedictine philosophy is nothing without community.
Community is a pre-eminently defining characteristic of who we are and what
we do at Saint Martin's University. Certainly every campus community may be
referred to as a community. However, a distinctive mark of the
Benedictine philosophy—of the Saint Martin’s experience as expressed in its
mission and embodied in its practices and plans—is self-consciousness
regard for people’s mutual inter-dependence and the way we embrace
respect for all the necessary work and roles that make the human community.