St. Mary’s University is a community of diverse cultures and we are proud to celebrate the history of that diversity. We invite you to join us for our various celebrations throughout the year.

Black History Month – February

At the heart of a diverse city like San Antonio, St. Mary’s represents a rich array of ethnicities and cultures. Since its founding in 1852, the University has welcomed all nationalities and religions. St. Mary’s is committed to promoting diversity and honoring all of its influences.

Before the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Brown vs. the Board of Education declared segregation in public schools unconstitutional in 1954, African-American students had already been attending St. Mary’s for several years.

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Catholic Feast Days – December 19

St. Anastasius I

Pope Anastasius I was among the first to condemn the works of Origen. Elected to the papacy in 399.

St. Augustine Moi

One of the martyrs of Vietnam. A Dominican tertiary, Augustine worked as a day laborer.

St. Bernard Valeara

The patron of Teramo, Italy, Bernard was a Benedictine monk at Monte Cassino.

St. Thomas De & Companions

Vietnamese martyrs. Thomas was a Vietnamese tailor who entered the Dominicans as a tertiary.

St. Darius

Martyr with Zosimus, Paul, and Secundus. They died at Nicaea, Turkey.

St. Dominic Uy

Vietnamese martyr, a tertiary of the Dominican Order. He was strangled at the age of twenty-six.

Bl. Francis Man

Dominican tertiary, a martyr of Vietnam. Francis was serving as a catechist when arrested.

St. Francis Xavier Mau

Martyr of Vietnam. He was a native catechist who was strangled, as were his four companions.

St. Fausta

The mother of St. Anastasia of Sirmium. Serbia, Yugoslavia. Fausta was a model matron of her era.

St. Manirus

Bishop and an apostle to Scotland. He evangelized the Highlanders in the northern regions.

St. Ribert

Revered abbot of the monastery of Saint Oyend, also called Ribarius.

St. Nemesius

Martyr of Egypt. He was burned alive in Alexandria, Egypt, during the persecutions under Emperor Trajanus Decius.

St. Meuris & Thea

Martyred virgins from Gaza, in Palestine. Meuris died in prison while being tortured.

St. Nemesius of Alexandria

After being tortured and severely beaten at Alexandria while still alive, Kemet authorities burned him in 307 A.D.

Martin Luther King Day – January 21

To celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., St. Mary’s brings in speakers, hold readings of his speeches, and have nights of spoken word poetry. Students also ride the Rattler Bus to San Antonio’s MLK March, one of the largest in the country.

“It’s always the right time to do the right thing.”
-Martin Luther King Jr.

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Women’s History Month – March

Women’s History Month is observed in March each year, with the purpose of recognizing and reclaiming women’s history and raising awareness. Students, staff, faculty and alumni participate in the Women’s History Month (WHM) Planning Committee. The WHM Planning Committee typically meets starting each October and continues to meet through April.

Over the years, the Women’s History Month Planning Committee has organized numerous events at St. Mary’s University. Some examples include the Alice Wright Franzke Feminist Award Luncheon, a blessing of women at the University, presentations by students and faculty about related research, poetry readings, book club discussions, the Alma L. Lopez Woman in Law Student Leadership Award ceremony, student panel discussions, and more.

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