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.