Benedictine values encompass a broad range of concepts that are central to life within a Christian community.


SERVICE: No one is to pursue what is judged best for oneself, but instead, what is better for someone else. (Rule of St. Benedict 72:7)”

COMMUNITY: Respect the elders and love the young. (Rule of St. Benedict 4:70-71); Proper honor must be shown to all (Rule of St. Benedict 53:2)” “They should each try to be the first to show respect to the other… earnestly competing in obedience to one another.(Rule of St. Benedict 72:4,6)”

INTEGRITY: Your way of acting should be different from the world’s way; the love of Christ must come before all else.(Rule of St. Benedict 4:20)”

HOSPITALITY: All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, for he himself will say: “I was a stranger and you welcomed me” (Rule of St. Benedict 53:1)”

MODERATION: All things are to be done with moderation. (Rule of St. Benedict 48:9)”

At the start of each week the entire community – students, faculty, and monks – gather for a prayer and reflection on these values.