Whether it’s exploring the Benedictine Values, various theology classes, getting involved in Campus Ministries, connecting with the Monastic communities on campus, or volunteer work – our campuses offer a rich experience and foundation in the Catholic intellectual tradition.
A Strong Spiritual History
The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University were founded by the Saint Benedict’s Monastery and Saint John’s Abbey in the 19 th century. The character of CSB and SJU is shaped by these Benedictine communities that continue to foster Catholic, Benedictine values in the academic, spiritual and social life of the colleges. Benedictine women and men remain actively involved in teaching and administration, and their prayerful presence in community life provides a comforting and stable sense of home – something CSB and SJU are well known. By living according to the Rule of Saint Benedict, members of the monastic communities cultivate a love of God, neighbor and self.
Higher Education in the Catholic and Benedictine Tradition
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Catholic and Benedictine Tradition
Rooted in the Benedictine Values
The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University, our students, faculty and staff are guided by the Benedictine Values. The Benedictine Values are distilled from the Rule of St. Benedict, written in the sixth century by St. Benedict, the founder of the Benedictine monastic order. These 11 values function as a set of practices for a life modeled on Jesus.