Date:August 12, 2015

Benedictine Values

Awareness of God

To look for God in ordinary events of each day (19:1)

Community Living

To become who we are by our relationships with others (72:12)

Dignity of Work

To manifest the dignity of work in God’s creation (48:8)


To offer warmth, acceptance, and joy in welcoming others (53:1)


To work toward a just order locally and in the larger society (57:9)


To hear keenly and sensitively the voices of persons and all created beings (Prologue 1)


To be content with living simply, finding balance in work, prayer, and leisure (48:9)


To strive for peace on all levels: with self, others, and God (Prologue 17)

Respect for Persons

To respect each person, regardless of class, background, or abilities (72:7) 


To cultivate rootedness and a shared sense of mission (58:13-14)


To appreciate and to care lovingly for all the goods of one’s place (31:10)

Taking Counsel

Practicing reflection and discernment in community (3:1)

Truthful Living

To practice wholeheartedness for the Benedictine manner of life (7:68-69)


Adapted from the Rule of Benedict & the brothers of  St. John’s Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota