Benedictine University is dedicated to the education of undergraduate and graduate students from diverse ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds. As an academic community committed to liberal arts and professional education distinguished and guided by our Roman Catholic tradition and Benedictine heritage, we prepare our students for a lifetime as active, informed and responsible citizens and leaders in the world community.
Benedictine University is a Catholic university in the Benedictine tradition that provides a values-centered liberal arts education enriched by our excellence in science.
Benedictine University is grounded in the spirit of the founders who based their lives and work on St. Benedict's Rule for Monks, written in the early sixth century.
Central to the Benedictine tradition is the celebration of community as a gathering of people who share a commitment to a common mission. The University strives to develop an academic community that supports each person in the pursuit of knowledge and personal development. This undertaking will be achieved through a life enriched by the collegiate community in which the individual's interest is tempered by concern for the common good.
Catholic and Benedictine Tradition
The mission and vision of Benedictine University reflect our Catholic and Benedictine traditions and provide the University community with a sense of continuity with the past and a direction for the future.
In Ex Corde Ecclesiae, the Apostolic Constitution On Catholic Universities, Pope John Paul II identifies four characteristics that must distinguish every Catholic University as Catholic:
- a Christian inspiration not only of individuals but of the university community as such;
- a continuing reflection in light of the Catholic faith upon the growing treasury of human knowledge, to which it seeks to contribute by its own research;
- fidelity to the Christian message as it comes to us through the Church;
- an institutional commitment to the service of the people of God and of the human family in their pilgrimage to the transcendent goal which gives meaning to life. (Ex Corde, no. 13)
Drawing upon the sources of faith, the Catholic intellectual tradition, which extends back to the age of the Church Fathers and to the medieval universities, has built chiefly upon the following convictions:
- the worth and dignity of each person
- the solidarity of the human race and the social nature of human existence, which is oriented toward God and not limited to this life;
- the goodness of creation and its sacramental potential for disclosing the transcendent; and
- the interconnectedness of truth and the compatibility of faith and reason in the search for truth.
In fidelity to that tradition, Benedictine University is committed to investigating questions that address the ultimate purpose of life; to the dialogue between faith and culture; and to the promotion of ecumenical, inter-religious, and cross-cultural understanding. Therefore, Benedictine University encourages openness to all reality, acceptance of truth wherever it is found, and the personal effort to integrate learning as a basis of wisdom for life.
Benedictine University upholds the academic freedom of faculty and students in inquiry and research, while insisting on ethical responsibility. Preference is given to research and activities that promote human betterment, peace, justice, and the common good, and that use interdisciplinary and collaborative methods.