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.
Beginning in Summer 2020, the Faculty/Staff Tours will be offered annually. Participation in the summer tours is open, on a competitive basis, to all faculty and staff who have demonstrated interest in the Vincentian heritage, mission and values of the university. 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 way split between the participant, the participant’s department, and the Division of Mission and Ministry.
On Tuesday, September 10, 2019, a university-wide email went out to all faculty and staff at the university about applying for the August 2020 Faculty/Staff VHT. Individualized links to apply were included in that email, and applications are due by the end of the day on Friday, September 27, 2019.
Take a look at the 2020 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, former 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.
If you have any questions about the Faculty and Staff Vincentian Heritage Tour contact Mark LaBoe at 773.325.4004.