History & Mission

Saint Anselm College was founded in 1889, when the Order of Saint Benedict in New Hampshire was established. Our founding fathers, The Right Reverend Denis M. Bradley, (Bishop of Manchester), and Abbot Hilary Pfraengle, O.S.B. (Abbot of St. Mary's Abbey in Newark, N.J.) worked tirelessly together in pursuit of their common goal: To create a college in New Hampshire that would educate students in the Benedictine tradition.

Joseph A. Favazza, College President

Leadership & Initiatives

"I look forward to working closely with the Board of Trustees, the Benedictine community, faculty, staff, students, and alumni to ensure that Saint Anselm continues to educate and transform students as it has for the last 129 years.” 

- Joseph A. Favazza, Ph. D.


Administrative Offices & Services

Learn more about our Anselmian academic, spiritual and administrative leadership and our vision for sustaining and extending the impact of an Anselmian education.

"My friends and colleagues, inclusiveness is a way of being in the world, a state of heart and mind that knows that when we step into the unfamiliar, when we open ourselves to that what is new or different, we become more than we might have been."

- Father Jonathan DeFelice, O.S.B