Benedictine colleges and universities to gather at Saint Martin’s for annual conference
June 5, 2012
LACEY, WASHINGTON — Saint Martin’s University is preparing to roll out the red carpet for
representatives from Benedictine institutions throughout North America, who will gather at the
Lacey campus later this month for the annual conference of Association of Benedictine Colleges
and Universities. The conference, which takes place June 16-20, features two components: the
Benedictine Leadership Formation Institute, attended by new university presidents and senior-level
administrators, and the annual meeting of university presidents and monastic superiors.
The conference provides participants an opportunity to support and exchange ideas relating to
Catholic, Benedictine education, develop a collaborative relationship between Benedictine higher
education institutions, and address key issues regarding today’s institutions in respect to
maintaining a clear Catholic, Benedictine identity.
This year marks the second time Saint Martin’s University has hosted the conference, which has
convened every summer since 1991.
“We are honored to have the Association of Benedictine Colleges and Universities on campus for
this important event,” says Saint Martin’s University President Roy Heynderickx, Ph.D. “The
conference fosters critical collaboration among our fellow Benedictine institutions to support the
development of a common identity based on the values described in The Rule of Saint Benedict.”
Heynderickx adds that the conference is an excellent venue for showcasing one of those hallmark
Benedictine values — hospitality.
“Saint Martin’s is the only Benedictine university west of the Rockies,” says Heynderickx. “We
are eager to welcome our guests to our wonderful Pacific Northwest home and share with them our
beautiful, and growing, campus.”
Including Saint Martin’s University, 14 Benedictine higher education learning communities and 16
monasteries and priories make up the membership of the Association of Benedictine Colleges and
Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a
380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint
Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States
and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares
students for successful lives through its 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the
liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students
from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its extension
campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s
University website at www.stmartin.edu.
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