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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.