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Meet Me at the Mission

Meet Me at the Mission: Vincentian Heritage Initiative is an invitation for DePaul undergraduate students to explore what it means to be a Vincentian leader and how to use their gifts and passions to respond to the needs of the world. The program is customizable and flexible, open to any student, any major, and any year.

To join the program and to RSVP to upcoming events visit the Meet Me at the Mission DeHub Page.
To stay up to date on upcoming events and Vincentian wisdom follow us on Instagram @mmatmdepaul

For questions or more information contact Joyana Dvorak at, 773.325.7569 or visit her in LPC Student Center 311.

Meet Me at the Mission Program Pillars: The program is rooted in four pillars.

  • History & Living Legacy: Learn stories of the history and legacy of Vincent de Paul and other founding Vincentian family members. Apply the Vincentian wisdom and values to your own life experiences.
  • Spirituality: Get in touch with what brings you alive and sustains you to answer the Vincentian question "What must be done?" Delve deeper into our founders’ spiritual way rooted in the Catholic tradition and service. Explore Vincentian spirituality and how to approach the world in a reflective, aware, intentional Vincentian way.
  • Service & Systemic Change: Learn about the Vincentian way of listening to the dignity of every human story. Take time to reflect on your experiences of service and explore our Vincentian commitment to systemic change. Learn about the principles of Catholic Social Teaching and discover your role as a Vincentian in creating another world.
  • Leadership: Explore the stories of Vincent and Louise that formed them to be leaders. You will be invited to relate their approach to your own leadership journey. As a Vincentian leader, learn how and when to ask the Vincentian question “What must be done?” to respond to the needs of our world.

Program Steps

  • After attending the first program, join the Meet Me at the Mission page on DeHub
  • Stay up to date on events and track your pillars through the DeHub page
  • Students can join the program at any time during their DePaul career. It is open to any student, any major, any year.
  • A variety of trainings, workshops, and events will be offered each quarter around the 4 main pillars.
  • Some of these workshops will be embedded into already established student programming and trainings.
  • Many events will be peer facilitated with current DePaul students sharing their lived, Vincentian experience.
  • After completing a minimum of four workshops and events (at least one from each pillar), students are invited to the Vincentian Mash-Up Capstone reflection workshop
  • Create your Vincentian narrative and apply it your personal and professional life after DePaul. See examples here: Emily BeckerPatrick Pfohl • Jordan Battaglia
  • Upon successful completion of this integrative reflection, students will receive a certificate of completion at the Year End Celebration in May
  • VHT Capstone Medium Reflections:
  • Certificate of completion for your resume and portfolio
  • Qualify to apply for the Vincentian Heritage Tour to France after completing 3 pillars. Students may apply for the VHT their sophomore, junior or senior year at DePaul.
  • Name entered into quarterly raffle for $75 Barnes & Noble book gift certificate.
  • Coveted ceremonial cord publicly recognizing commitment to the Vincentian mission to be worn at your commencement ceremony.
  • Deepened understanding of the Vincentian mission and values.
  • Reflective space to discover your Vincentian vocation, build community and grow spiritually.
  • Opportunity to apply to be a peer facilitator of future workshops to further enhance your Vincentian voice and leadership skills.

Beyond the quarterly Meet Me at the Mission events, the following on-going experiences also count towards completion of the different pillars in the program. If you have had another significant experience that has shaped you as a Vincentian leader in a meaningful way contact Joyana Dvorak to see if it qualifies for one of the pillars.

Academic Courses

  • CTH 290: The Life & Times of Vincent DePaul (History)
  • PAX 382: Special Topics in Social Justice and Social Change: Vincentian Leadership and Social Justice

The following offices and programs are integrating Meet Me at the Mission into their on-going leadership and professional development programs:

  • Academic Continuity and Engagement (ACE)
  • Athletics UIP Course 
  • Athletics Explore Class 
  • Catholic Campus Ministry 
  • Chicago Quarter Mentors 
  • Chicago Peacemakers
  • Community Service Scholars
  • DePaul Community Service Association (DCSA)
  • Delta Kappa Alpha 
  • DMM Common Mission Vincentian Heritage Module  
  • Discover Chicago Trailblazers Course (2 sections) 
  • Discover Women’s Leadership for Social Change 
  • Egan Office for Urban Education & Community Partnerships Center Students 
  • Facility Assistants 
  • International Student Support 
  • Mitchem Fellows
  • McNair Fellows
  • Office of Health Promotion & Wellness (HPW) - Health Education Action Team (HEAT) 
  • Orientation Leaders 
  • PAX 250 Service Immersions  
  • PromCom Graduate Students 
  • Resident Assistants  
  • Ray Meyer Fitness Student Employees 
  • Res Ed Staff 
  • Student Government Association 
  • Spirit Squad 
  • Tour Guides
  • Office of Multicultural Student Success (OMSS) STARS Peer Mentors  
  • Study Abroad France: Vincentian Legacies, Urban Experiences, & Food Culture 
  • Vincentians in Action Service Immersion Leaders
  • VIA Service Immersion Leader (Service & Leadership) 
  • DCSA Coordinator (Service & Leadership)  
  • Vincent & Louise House participants (will complete all 4 pillars during year)  
  • Chicago Quarter Mentors (Leadership)* 
  • Orientation Leaders (Leadership)*

*Must attend the Mission and Ministry session during your orientation/training to receive credit for this pillar.

If you are a student, staff or faculty interested in hosting a Meet Me at the Mission workshop with one of your student groups or communities please contact Joyana Dvorak at or . Together we can design a training around any of the pillars that meets the needs of your community. 

Examples of student organizations who have integrated a Meet Me at the Mission workshop into their leadership development experience include: 

Black Student Union
DePaul Activities Board
Her Campus
Ignite Dance Company
Math Club
Pre-Law Club
Pre-SLP Association
Psi Chi
Spirit Squad
Zeta Phi Eta