Benedictine Tradition

Awareness of God

To look for God in the ordinary events of each day.
"We believe that the divine presence is everywhere." Rule of Benedict 19.1

Community Living

To become who we are by our relationships with others.
"Let all things be common to all." Rule of Benedict  33.6

Dignity of work

To appreciate the dignity of work in God's creation.
"...they live by the labor of their hands." Rule of Benedict  48.8


To offer warmth, acceptance, and joy in welcoming others.
"Let received as Christ." Rule of Benedict  53.1


To work toward a just order in our immediate environment and in the larger society.
"...that in all things may God be glorified." Rule of Benedict  57.9


To hear keenly and sensitively the voices of persons and all created beings.
"Listen...with the ear of your heart." Rule of Benedict  Prologue 1


To be content with living simply and finding balance in work, prayer, and leisure.
"All things are to be done in moderation." Rule of Benedict  48.9


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, cultural 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  72.7


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 31.10