John Baptist de La Salle

Example makes a much greater impression on the mind and heart than words.

Saint John Baptist de La Salle

Why Character and Virtue Education?

Ever since Saint John Baptist de La Salle inaugurated a new approach to education more than 300 years ago, the formation of the whole student has been the heart of Lasallian Catholic education.  With a renewed focus on character and virtue education, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota continues to shape the lives of our students through holistic character development and the cultivation of intellectual, moral, and civic virtues.

Whether our 5,600 students are pursuing an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral degree at our residential college in Winona or at our Twin Cities campus or fully online, Saint Mary’s offers a transformational education.  We help students discover the truths in the world around us and the character within us.


The Goal of True Education

On the third Monday of January each year, the United States observes a federal holiday to mark the birthday of the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. Inspired by his Christian faith, Martin Luther King is the nation’s most well-known civil rights leader and one of four representatives of the American people who Pope Francis named in his address to a joint session of Congress in September of 2015.

Character in Action

Character and Virtue Education at Saint Mary’s is not only about rigorous intellectual engagement. In the oft-cited words of Aristotle, “The aim of our studies is not just to know what virtue is, but to become good.”

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