The Benedictine ethos is at the core of our school's unique identity. Founded in 1942 by Benedictine monks, St. Anselm's remains a monastic school to this day and shares a 40-acre campus with the monks of St. Anselm's Abbey. The following Hallmarks of Benedictine Education , originally developed by the Association of Benedictine Colleges and Universities, are at the heart of what it means to be a Benedictine school in the 21st Century.

List of 10 items.

  • Love of Christ and Neighbor

    Call to support others as a community, impelled by the love for Christ above all things.
  • Prayer

    Participation in the Benedictine liturgy, lectio, and personal prayer to grow mindful of God’s eternal presence and open to the movement of the Spirit.
  • Stability

    Committing oneself to a place for a lifetime through prayer and work, cultivating lasting relationships among confreres, faculty, students, and parents.
  • Conversatio Morum

    Conversion of self, by daily commitment to Christ rather than self-centered preoccupations, getting up again after one falls, and letting oneself be transformed to give glory to the Lord.
  • Obedience

    Listening to one another with mercy, working to understand and anticipate the needs of others, and acting to serve those needs, which may be different than our own.
  • Discipline

    A daily dedication to begin again in facing responsibilities, stretching beyond one’s comfort level to master complex practices and ideas.
  • Humility

    Walking in true knowledge of self in relation to God, others and creation; recognizing limitations without losing hope, and accepting gifts without becoming arrogant.
  • Stewardship

    Revering all of creation in its beauty and proper use, recognizing it as a gift from God, and using what we have for the sake of all people.
  • Hospitality

    An acceptance of others, offering a place in which persons and ideas feel “at home” where each can be transformed by one another on a common journey.
  • Community

    Embracing a shared life in the classroom and in extracurricular activities, through prayer and academic work for the common good of self and each other for today, tomorrow and forever.