The best education is rooted in strong values. At the University of Mary, they are an integral part of your experience.

The Values that Guide Us

The Benedictine Sisters of the Annunciation first arrived in the Dakota Territory in 1878, bringing ministries of healing and learning. When the Sisters founded the University of Mary, they imbued our educational mission with the same Benedictine values that have guided them well for so long. Distilled from a venerable, 6th century way of life referred to as the Rule of Saint Benedict, these values include:


Striving together for the common good and growing in relationship with God, one another, and self.
“Let all things be common to all.” (Rule of Benedict 33)


Receiving others as Christ with warmth and attentiveness.
“Let all be received as Christ.” (Rule of Benedict 53)


Honoring all of God’s creation and living simply with balance and gratitude.
“Regard all things as sacred and do everything with moderation.” (Rule of Benedict 31)


Attending to the mystery and sacredness of life, abiding in the divine presence, listening and responding to God.
“Listen intently to holy readings. Give yourself frequently to prayer.” (Rule of Benedict 4)

Respect for Persons

Recognizing the image of God in each person and honoring each one in their giftedness and limitations.
“Honor everyone and never do to another what you do not want done to yourself.” (Rule of Benedict 4)


Meeting the needs of others in the example of Jesus the servant leader.
“The members should serve one another.” (Rule of Benedict 35)

The University of Mary Difference

Grounded in values that help you become an ethical leader, our programs equip you to take on the challenges of today with respect, dignity, moderation, and a deep appreciation of the power of community. Our dedication to the Benedictine Values is instilled in each course, providing you with an education for life.

More about Mary

To learn much more about the University of Mary – our mission, our culture, and our convictions – visit us here.