New street address reflects heritage of Saint Martin’s Abbey and University

August 12, 2011

Lacey, Washington — On Monday, Aug. 15, Saint Martin’s Abbey and Saint Martin’s University will begin using a new street address.

Saint Martin’s north entrance off College Street, which is adjacent to Lacey Timberland Library and a part of 6th Avenue, will bear the name “Abbey Way.” This entrance will be considered the main entrance to campus and Abbey grounds.

The new official address of Saint Martin’s will be:

5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, WA 98503

“The new street name reflects the Benedictine heritage of Saint Martin’s,” explains Andrew Moyer, director of real estate and associate treasurer for Saint Martin’s Abbey. The Abbey, home to Saint Martin’s monastic community, was established by the Order of Saint Benedict in 1895; Saint Martin’s College opened its doors the same year.

According to Moyer, the address change will simplify the directions to campus that are found on web-mapping service applications such as MapQuest and Google Maps.

The address change is part of a larger north campus improvement project that began in March. Resurfaced roads, expanded parking, a pedestrian path, sidewalks, lighting, landscaping and other improvements are now moving toward completion. The work is scheduled to wrap up by this fall. Included in the project is the addition of a ramp for those with physical challenges, which will provide an access link to the entire campus.

“While we are in the final phase of construction, everyone should still exercise caution and observe any and all signage when coming to campus,” Moyer notes.

Sunday Mass at the Abbey Church, which is located just off the new Abbey Way, is continuing with minimal disruptions. Those attending services and other campus visitors are welcome to park in the visitors’ lot adjacent to the church.

“The Benedictine Order has been in existence for 1,500 years, and Saint Martin’s for 116 years,” says Moyer. “Our address may be changing, but our mission and values remain steadfast as ever.”

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 21 majors and six graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education 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, Everett College, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at

For more information:
Andrew M. Moyer
Associate treasurer / Director of real estate
Saint Martin’s Abbey

Jennifer Fellinger
Vice president of marketing and communications
Saint Martin’s University