Student Life

Service & Justice

Foundational to our Benedictine Identity

No one is to pursue what they judge better for themself,
But instead, what they judge better for someone else. [Rule 72:7]

We are all called to the work of creating a more just, loving world. Social justice is foundational to our Benedictine, Catholic identity. Benedict’s Rule teaches a monastic community how to live in right-relationship. We, too, are called to liberation, to live in right-relationship with each other, ourselves, the environment, and God.

As Benedictine Joan Chittister writes in her book The Rule of Benedict: A Spirituality for the 21st Century, “The really holy, the ones who touch God, Benedict maintains, are those who live well with those around them. They are just, they are upright, they are kind. The ecology of humankind is safe with them.” (15)

Graduation Requirements: Service

Throughout the gospels, Jesus prioritizes those who have been marginalized. Priory students are asked to engage in partnerships with the community with an appreciation for the gifts, knowledge and expertise that exists within each person, each organization they encounter. Cultivating within each student a deep, abiding heart for the dignity of each person, that we are all equal. 

And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
And to walk humbly with your God. (Mic 6:8, NIV) 

Remember: all service hours are to be entered into Seholo (