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.


Saint Mary’s University, Diocese of Winona-Rochester partner on new graduate program in Catholic school leadership

Beginning in fall 2022, Saint Mary’s University is launching a 15-credit graduate certificate in Catholic school leadership through its new Christ the Teacher program — a joint initiative between the university and the Diocese of Winona-Rochester to support Catholic school teachers in the diocese who are interested in furthering their education.

AXIS Journal Special Issue Focusses on Character Education in Universities

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota has published a special issue of AXIS: Journal of Lasallian Higher Education dedicated to university character education. Edited by Dr. Michael Hahn, Assistant Dean of the School of Education, and Dr. Christopher A. Bobier, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, the special issue features contributions from numerous esteemed academics focused upon the topic of character.

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