This year marks a major milestone for
the entire Saint Leo community. It was 125 years ago that our great
institution was founded.
In 1889, monks from Maryhelp Abbey in North Carolina received 36
acres on Lake Jovita to found an abbey and a Benedictine college.
Earlier that same year, Benedictine nuns founded Holy Name Convent
This month, the Benedictine Sisters of Florida will celebrate
the 125th anniversary of the founding of Holy Name Monastery. In
June, the monks of Saint Leo will celebrate the founding of the
Abbey. This fall, Saint Leo University will commemorate our 125th
anniversary with a series of events in November during Founders’
Week. Customized banners, advertising, and marketing materials,
featuring the newly designed 125-year logo, were developed to help
observe this special occasion in our storied history.
Over our 125-year history, we have upheld a tradition of
inclusivity, opening our doors to people of all nationalities,
races, and faiths, emphasizing the Benedictine philosophy of
balanced growth of mind, body, and spirit.
Today, we welcome learners from all generations and backgrounds,
from civilian occupations and the armed forces, and from all 50
states and more than 60 nations. Saint Leo’s more than 16,000
undergraduate and graduate students study at our beautiful
University Campus, at more than 40 teaching locations in seven
states, and online.
More great things are to come. We are excited that all of you
will be part of this wonderful commemoration.
For more information, please contact Maureen Moore, co-chair of
the 125th Anniversary Committee, at (352) 588-8121 or email@example.com.