A strong value system is the heartbeat of Saint Leo.
As a Catholic liberal arts university rooted in centuries-old
Benedictine values, our community is open and warm-hearted. We
nurture relationship-building, respect and joy—regardless of your
We thrive in bringing together students, faculty and staff from
all paths of life. We connect Saint Leo students to churches of
various denominations in surrounding communities, and even help
arrange transportation for Sunday worship. We host a Passover
Seder, where Jewish students share the blessings of freedom. We
invite all to enjoy our Christmas pageant, complete with caroling
and a manger. We provide space for our Muslim students to practice
the five daily prayers, and keep the doors to our intimate St.
Jude's Chapel open for quiet contemplation whenever you need.
Learn more about our history and Catholic roots.
Our humility and integrity extend beyond our chapel and
classroom walls, and into our daily life. Service is the core of Saint
Leo—kickball with the Boys & Girls Club, Make-A-Wish
fundraisers, an educational partnership with migrant workers in
area farms, alternative spring breaks to Haiti, Costa Rica, Alaska
and a horse farm in upstate New York.
And no matter what major you choose, all Saint Leo
students take three electives in religion and philosophy. We've got
tons of options. Spend one semester exploring the Gospels of
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Next, open yourself to Eastern
religions like Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism, or get hands-on in a
youth ministry class. You may even find yourself investigating "the
mystery of existence" via The Matrix and
Bladerunner in Philosophy 101. Popcorn optional.
If you're looking to express and live your Catholic faith, start
with University Ministry, located in
deChantal Hall. At Saint Leo, nothing is forced, nothing is
required. But once you see the Ministry's full schedule of
eucharistic adoration, Sunday and weekday mass, confession, taize,
speakers, workshops, retreats and community service opportunities,
you might find it hard to resist.
University Ministry provides students with opportunities
The mind-body-spirit connection continues with our unique
Student Minister Program. Peer ministers are students just like
you, selected and trained to serve as spiritual partners. Peer
ministers work hand-in-hand with resident assistants to support and
guide students on issues from homesickness to emotional health.
We've got your back, and know you've got ours.
Saint Leo University was founded by monks in 1889, and the Abbey is still active
today. Yes, that's the church next to the library (it's
magnificent, isn't it?). Yes, you can talk spirituality and social
justice with the Sisters and the Brothers. Yes, you can sip
lemonade with the nuns, feed the monastery's cats, and get your
Ford fixed at the monks' professional mechanic shop (no joke).
But this isn't high school where mass is mandatory—Catholicism
is a gift we share, not an ideology we impose. This is college,
where students discover their spiritual path on their terms—whether
in the community of friends, walking the shores of the lake or
enjoying any number of spots on campus that invite quiet