Catholic Tradition and Culture at the University of Mary

"First and foremost every Catholic educational institution is a place to encounter the living God who in Jesus Christ reveals His transforming love and truth."

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI


The University of Mary is endorsed by The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College.

At the University of Mary, we welcome and serve students of many faiths; our campus community has always fostered a genuine spirit of Benedictine hospitality. As a Catholic university, we are deeply dedicated to providing rich opportunities for our students who are Catholic to explore and grow in their faith, including:

  • Daily Mass and a rich sacramental life
  • Eucharistic Adoration
  • A thriving University Ministry program
  • A Catholic Studies major or minor
  • The opportunity to study in Rome for a semester
  • Faith-based residence hall communities
  • FOCUS Missionaries
  • Faith-based student organizations
  • Mission trips both abroad and within the U.S.A.
  • A “campus pub” dedicated to Catholic literary heroes!

The Benedictine Values at Mary

The University of Mary integrates the Benedictine values of service, hospitality, moderation, prayer, respect for persons, and community throughout its curriculum and student life programs so students graduate with the capacity to live joyful, meaningful lives.

Freshman seminar introduces students to the Benedictine values, and Monsignor Shea delivers several talks to freshmen about personal development and self-discovery. Faculty and staff receive professional development training to model Benedictine values so students learn by example.

Values and ethics are also a part of the regular discussion at Mary. Events such as the Annual Prayer Day and weekly convocations bring in renowned keynote speakers to address current ethical issues in society and explore these topics from a Catholic perspective.


We believe that the development of essential leadership qualities in each student empowers that person to work courageously and effectively for the common good. We call this servant leadership. At the University of Mary, we promote an environment in which students have the freedom to discover their gifts and develop characteristics critical to leadership, so that they may find personal fulfillment while serving others.

All students are encouraged to seek the Truth, to see themselves as whole and unique individuals responsible to God, and to become leaders in the service of Truth.