The American Benedictine Academy, founded in 1947, is a non-profit association whose purpose is to cultivate, support and transmit the Benedictine heritage within contemporary culture. The Academy sponsors and promotes disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research, writing and collaboration among its members. It serves as a catalyst inviting men and women to ponder creatively and to discuss the challenges to Benedictine values in the twenty-first century.
Although its first members were men and women from Benedictine religious communities, membership is now open to members of other monastic communities, oblates, scholars and anyone interested in Benedictine spirituality, study and values.
The Academy provides support to members through biennial conventions, publications and grants.
The Academy is governed by a board of directors under the guidance of a Constitution and By-laws.
The Board of Directors, elected by the membership, fosters activities to fulfill the purpose of the Academy. They eagerly listen for input from the members and sponsors.