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 and St. Louise de Marillac.
Senior Leadership tours take place bi-annually during the first week of spring quarter. Because of the limited time frame, this tour only visits Vincentian sites in Paris and its environs.
Participation is open to any member of the university’s senior leadership from the level of assistant vice president/assistant dean and above (or the unit equivalent of a “senior leader”). It is particularly important that the members of the senior leadership teams have an opportunity such as this to deepen their understanding of the institution's mission, vision, and values in light of the decision making roles they play at the university. The Division of Mission and Ministry provides one third of the funding for this trip. The participant's unit is asked to provide one third of the funding to ensure unit buy-in. The individual pays the final third of the cost.
Participants take part in a series of Vincentian- themed history, spirituality, art & architecture, and praxis seminars during the Winter Quarter to give them the necessary background to prepare for, and fully engage in the trip.
The trip is led by the Rev. Edward R. Udovic, C.M., PhD, University Secretary, Vice President for Mission and Ministry, and Professor of History, who is an expert in Vincent de Paul, Vincentian history, and Vincentian mission effectiveness.
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.