Catholic and Benedictine Tradition

Our Two Institutions

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University are Catholic and Benedictine, liberal arts colleges founded and enriched by Saint Benedict’s Monastery and Saint John’s Abbey. Our academic communities are dedicated to the intellectual, spiritual and ethical formation of all their members and to academic excellence in the search for truth.


The founding and ongoing inspiration of our institutions is the Catholic intellectual tradition, in the context of Benedictine values and spirituality. The Catholic identity of these schools is more than just a matter of religious sponsorship or the personal faith of members of the community, important as these are. Our schools are a home for thoroughgoing engagement with the ideas and traditions of Catholic culture and thought. The intellectual life of our campuses affirms the harmony of faith and reason, honors the full dignity of each person, and seeks to promote justice and the common good, all of which are central to the Catholic intellectual tradition and our Benedictine identity.

Higher Education in the Catholic and Benedictine Tradition
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