Benedictine Values

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. Referred to as the Rule of Benedict, these values include:

  • Community: Striving together for the common good and growing in relationship with God, one another, and self.
    Rule of Benedict 33
    “Let all things be common to all.”
  • Hospitality: Receiving others as Christ with warmth and attentiveness.
    Rule of Benedict 53
    “Let all be received as Christ.”
  • Moderation: Honoring all of God’s creation and living simply with balance and gratitude.
    Rule of Benedict 31
    “Regard all things as sacred and do everything with moderation.”
  • Prayer: Attending to the mystery and sacredness of life, abiding in the divine presence, listening and responding to God.
    Rule of Benedict 4
    “Listen intently to holy readings. Give yourself frequently to prayer.”
  • Respect for Persons: Recognizing the image of God in each person and honoring each one in their giftedness and limitations.
    Rule of Benedict 4
    “Honor everyone and never do to another what you do not want done to yourself.”
  • Service: Meeting the needs of others in the example of Jesus the servant leader.
    Rule of Benedict 35
    “The members should serve one another.”

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.