Saint Leo Celebrates 125th Anniversary

125-logoThis 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 and Academy.

In February, the Benedictine Sisters of Florida celebrated the 125th anniversary of the founding of Holy Name Monastery. In June, the monks of Saint Leo will celebrate the founding of the Abbey. Saint Leo celebrated 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 Ed Austin, co-chair of the 125th Anniversary Committee, at (352) 588-7478 or