Benedictine Values

Our values are vital to our identity. These values undergird our work and are ways in which we strive to demonstrate to live as an example of God's love, and fit our Benedictine ethos. All of these values are paired with a quote from St. Benedict's Rule for Monasteries.

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.” R. B. 19 

Community Living 

To become who we are by our relationships with others.

“Let all things be common to all.” R. B. 33 

Dignity of Work

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

“... they live by the labor of their hands.” R. B. 48


To offer warmth, acceptance, and joy in welcoming others.

“Let all ... be received as Christ.” R. B. 53 


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

“... that in all things God may be glorified” R. B. 57 


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

“Listen ... with the ear of your heart.” R. B. Prologue 


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

“All things are to be done with moderation.” R. B. 48 


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

R. B. 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.” R. B. 72 


To cultivate rootedness and a shared sense of mission.

“To stand firm in one's promises.” R. B. 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.” R. B. 31