Inspired by the legacy of Saint Vincent de Paul and Saint Louise de Marillac, DePaul University is a community
gathered together for the sake of our mission
. These saints shared a belief in the God-given dignity of all people lived out in an ethos we call Vincentian personalism. For more than a century the values of inclusivity, personalism, and professionalism have shaped DePaul’s distinctive culture and our service to students.
We are blessed and strengthened by our diverse community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni. We seek to develop the capacities of everyone to put DePaul’s mission and values into practice. In a spirit of collaboration:
- We offer services, and curricular and co-curricular programming, which measurably enhance our community’s understanding and support of DePaul University’s distinctive Catholic, Vincentian, and urban identity.
- We invite all the members of our community to join us in exploring the mystery of God’s love for all of creation through prayer, worship, and service.
- We form and educate students dedicated to the common good and the service of others, especially to people and communities who suffer from poverty and marginalization. We understand this service to include an advocacy for systemic change and social justice
Finally, the Office’s Vincentian Studies Institute serves as the premier international resource for Vincentian studies supporting all those, especially within the University and from the wider Vincentian Family, who seek to deepen their engagement with Vincentian history and spirituality. Guided by its mission statement and Grounded in Mission the Plan for DePaul 2024, the Division of Mission and Ministry collaborates with university departments and constituencies in ways that measurably enhance their understanding and support of DePaul University’s distinctive Catholic, Vincentian, and urban identity.
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