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 Universities.

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

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