Awareness of God

To look for God not in the abstract but in the ordinary events of every day.

“We believe that the divine presence is everywhere.” — Rule of Benedict 19

Community Living

To become who we are by our relationships with others.

“Let all things be common to all.” — Rule of Benedict 33

Dignity of Work

To appreciate the dignity of work in God’s creation.

"They live by the labor of their hands.” — Rule of Benedict 48


To offer warmth, acceptance and joy in welcoming others.

“Let received as Christ.” — Rule of Benedict 53


To work toward a just order in our immediate environment and in the larger society.

“That in all things God may be glorified” — Rule of Benedict 57


To hear keenly and sensitively the voices of persons and all created beings.

“Listen...with the ear of your heart.” — Rule of Benedict Prologue


To be content with living simply and finding balance in work, prayer and leisure.

“All things are to be done with moderation.” — Rule of Benedict 48


To strive for peace on all levels: with self, others and God.

— Rule of Benedict Prologue

Respect for Persons

To respect each person regardless of class, background or professional skill.

“No one is to pursue what is judged best for oneself, but instead, what is better for someone else.” — Rule of Benedict 72


To cultivate rootedness and a shared sense of mission.

“To stand firm in one’s promises.” — Rule of Benedict 58


To appreciate and to care lovingly for all the goods of this place.

“Regard all utensils as if they were the sacred vessels of the altar.” — Rule of Benedict 31