When St. Benedict wrote his Rule for Monks in the 6th century, he organized the life of the community around the daily rhythm of prayer and work (in Latin, ora et labora). Writing that “nothing is to be preferred to the work of God,” St. Benedict set times for prayer throughout the day, to remind his monks that each day was a gift from God.
Fifteen centuries later, the monks of St. Gregory’s Abbey continue that cycle of daily prayer. The work of the monastic community flows from this life of prayer and takes many forms of service to the Church.
St. Gregory’s University benefits from this relationship as the primary apostolic work of the monks. For over a century, the Benedictine values of community, hospitality, reverence and service have shaped the experience of the students who have come to St. Gregory’s to experience not just an education, but formation, in the tradition that St. Benedict called, “a school for the Lord’s service.”