The Division of Mission and Ministry offers regular opportunities for members of the university community to deepen their understanding of the university’s patron, by participating in guided Vincentian Heritage study tours to locations in Paris and throughout France associated with the life and works of St. Vincent de Paul.
Faculty/Staff tours take place bi-annually. Participation in the summer tours is open, on a competitive basis, to all faculty and staff who have a demonstrated interest in the Vincentian heritage, mission, and values of the university. Applicants must provide a personal statement as to how they envision this trip helping to deepen their commitment to the university’s mission as they live it out in their own departments. Thus, the trip’s goal is to encourage the deepening of Vincentian leadership among faculty and staff members. Travel is not considered part of the employee’s vacation time. The trip is funded by a three way split between the participant, the participant’s department, and the Division of Mission and Ministry.
Download the Faculty/Staff Heritage Tour Brochure
Participants take part in a series of Vincentian-themed history, spirituality, art & architecture, and praxis seminars during the Winter and Spring Quarters to give them the necessary background to prepare for, and fully engage in the trip.
Rev. Edward R. Udovic, C.M., PhD, University Secretary, Vice President for Mission and Ministry, and professor of History, is the on-site guide for these trips. He is an expert in Vincent de Paul and Vincentian history.
As part of the program, group members are asked to share their experiences in some form with their colleagues upon their return to the university. These reflections or projects may be shared at departmental meetings, or other university events and can take various forms. This demonstration of the impact that the trip has had on them should include a reflection on how they have begun to integrate their intense study of Vincent de Paul with their daily work at DePaul University. A mandatory meeting will be scheduled within a month of their return to campus in order to discuss ideas for this project, and participants will be given time to prepare and present their work through the following spring quarter.