Benedictine values at Saint Martin’s University
Awareness of God
To look for God not in the abstract but in the ordinary events of every
“We believe that the divine presence is everywhere.” — Rule of
To become who we are by our relationships with others.
“Let all things be common to all.” — Rule of Benedict 33
Dignity of Work
To appreciate the dignity of work in God’s creation.
"They live by the labor of their hands.” — Rule of Benedict 48
To offer warmth, acceptance and joy in welcoming others.
“Let all...be received as Christ.” — Rule of Benedict 53
To work toward a just order in our immediate environment and in the
“That in all things God may be glorified” — Rule of Benedict 57
To hear keenly and sensitively the voices of persons and all created
“Listen...with the ear of your heart.” — Rule of Benedict Prologue
To be content with living simply and finding balance in work, prayer and
“All things are to be done with moderation.” — Rule of Benedict 48
To strive for peace on all levels: with self, others and God.
— Rule of Benedict Prologue
Respect for Persons
To respect each person regardless of class, background or professional
“No one is to pursue what is judged best for oneself, but instead,
what is better for someone else.” — Rule of Benedict 72
To cultivate rootedness and a shared sense of mission.
“To stand firm in one’s promises.” — Rule of Benedict 58
To appreciate and to care lovingly for all the goods of this place.
“Regard all utensils as if they were the sacred vessels of the
altar.” — Rule of Benedict 31