Benedictine values at Saint Martin's

Community - Saint Martin’s University seeks to develop a spirit of community where learning and service are carried on through interdependence and cooperation. Community is a call to service for the common good. We unify our efforts through respect for the particular gifts and talents of each, used for the benefit of all.

Stewardship - The Benedictine tradition recognizes the presence of God everywhere. Our human resources, especially, must be respected and wisely used. Our financial resources must be used well in developing the University and its mission. We must be resourceful in our care of the environment so we can appreciate the beauty of our natural surroundings.

Hospitality - This is the hallmark of every Benedictine community. It opens us to the world. Saint Martin’s University welcomes a diversity of peoples with a common spirit of reverence and respect. The global mission of the University is fostered by a hospitable reception of others in a caring environment. Saint Martin’s is a non-discriminatory institution receiving everyone with graciousness and support.

Stability - This is a key Benedictine value that supports a sense of belonging and commitment; of being an important part of all that goes on here. This stable foundation allows faculty, staff and students to commit themselves to the educational goals of the University: to know, to care, to serve and to educate.

Listening - Our tradition emphasizes the importance of listening with the heart, especially through prayer. The ability to listen well is the key to understanding and learning. It is the way that the learning process develops both within and outside the classroom. As we listen to one another with openness, we learn to trust one another and to respect our differences.

Love of learning - In the spirit of our Catholic Benedictine heritage, Saint Martin’s University is committed to the education of the whole person. We are student-centered and we seek to integrate classroom material into the fabric of life. The educational process is intended not only to impart knowledge, but to help build a moral character so students may become responsible leaders.