“Listen carefully, my child, to your master’s precepts, and incline the ear of your heart.”

So begins the Rule of Saint Benedict, which has shaped the lives of Benedictine monks since the sixth century. For more than 100 years, Saint Martin’s students have been listening “with the ear of their hearts.” And for those many years, Saint Martin’s students have been guided by a set of core values laid out by Saint Benedict in The Rule. Working in collaboration with departments and programs, the Saint Martin’s Benedictine Institute will lead the University in upholding and promoting its Benedictine heritage. Both on campus and off, it will build and enhance awareness of the values that, for so long, have guided the community. As an integral part of University life, the Institute will contribute to the intellectual and spiritual development of Saint Martin’s.

Sculpture of Saint Martin in the Saint Martin's Abbey Church

For many Saint Martin’s alumni, campus and classroom life was shaped by a strong monastic presence. Today, the Abbey remains the soul of the campus, but the monastic community is shrinking. The Benedictine Institute will provide that valuable connection to our roots, ensuring that we remain true to our heritage even as the nature of higher education changes.

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