Saint Martin’s Celebrates 125 Years

Saint Martin’s University and Saint Martin’s Abbey are celebrating their joint 125th anniversary throughout this year.  The university plans to  host a virtual celebration to commemorate this milestone anniversary on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020: The Saint Martin’s University 125th Anniversary Celebration. Alumni, friends of the university and community members are welcome and encouraged to participate in the online festivities.

For this year only, the 125th anniversary virtual event will replace the annual Saint Martin’s Gala, the University’s major fundraiser for student scholarships, which was to be held on that same date. Jacques Pépin, the French celebrity chef was scheduled to headline the 2020 Gala but suspended his travel this fall because of the possible ongoing implications due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). While he will not be here this November, chef Pépin and his daughter Claudine have committed to joining us next fall to host the 2021 Gala.

The program for the 125th Anniversary Celebration will feature videos highlighting Saint Martin’s rich history. Featured videos will look into its future; stories from current students and alumni; blessings from the newly elected abbot and monks of Saint Martin’s Abbey; a celebratory toast; and an opportunity for attendees to support students by helping Saint Martin’s University raise critical funds for student scholarships.

“The Saint Martin’s Gala is one of our favorite annual traditions at Saint Martin’s. While we had hoped to combine our 125th anniversary with Gala this year, the safety and health of our family, friends and community remains our top priority. We are looking forward to seeing everyone next year, including Jacques Pépin and his daughter, Claudine, who have committed to hosting our 2021 event. ” shared Saint Martin’s University President Roy Heynderickx, Ph.D.

In addition to celebrating Saint Martin’s past, the event will also focus on recent success and shine a light on it’s bright future. For more information about the anniversary and the virtual celebration, visit