Benedictine values

Like our founders, Saint Martin's Abbey, a Catholic Benedictine Order,  Saint Martin's University is guided by our Benedictine heritage. The values described in St. Benedict of Nursia’s guide, The Rule of St. Benedict, permeate the atmosphere at Saint Martin’s University. They can be felt in every building, in every office, in every classroom where the members of the Saint Martin’s community live in service to one another and the world around them.

Below are some of those values, an interpretation of each, and its reference in the Rule of St. Benedict. You'll also find these values referenced across this website, as we do in our community, whenever we talk about programs, departments, and stories.

Awareness of God

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 St. Benedict 19

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Community Living

To become who we are by our relationships with others. "Let all things be common to all." — Rule of St. Benedict 33

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Dignity of Work

To appreciate the dignity of work in God’s creation. "They live by the labor of their hands.” — Rule of St. Benedict 48

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To offer warmth, acceptance and joy in welcoming others. "Let received as Christ." — Rule of St. Benedict 53

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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 St. Benedict 57

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To hear keenly and sensitively the voices of persons and all created beings. "Listen...with the ear of your heart." — Rule of St. Benedict Prologue

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To be content with living simply and finding balance in work, prayer and leisure. "All things are to be done with moderation." — Rule of St. Benedict 48

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To strive for peace on all levels: with self, others and God. — Rule of St. Benedict Prologue

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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 St. Benedict 72

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To cultivate rootedness and a shared sense of mission. "To stand firm in one’s promises." — Rule of St. Benedict 58

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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 St. Benedict 31