DePaul University Division of Mission and Ministry > Programming & Services > Vincentian Heritage Tours > For Student Leaders
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, St. Louise de Marillac and other Vincentian family figures.
Student Leadership tours take place regularly during Spring Break. Because of the limited time frame the tour is limited to Vincentian sites in Paris and its surroundings. Participation in the tours is open, on a competitive basis, to all students who have participated in the
Meet Me at the Mission: Vincentian Heritage Initiative and have a demonstrated interest in the Vincentian heritage, mission, and values of the university and have a record of Vincentian service.
Applicants must have earned at least 3 pillars of the Meet Me at the Mission initiative either through workshops in their leadership trainings or by coming to Meet Me at the Mission quarterly events. Applicants must provide a personal statement as to how they envision this trip forming their personal leadership and service ethics in the Vincentian tradition. They also must provide a letter of recommendation from a DePaul faculty/and or staff member.
Students chosen to participate in this opportunity are required to register in Winter Quarter 2023 for PAX 250: Transformative Models of Vincentian Leadership. This 2-credit class will include synchronous and asynchronous learning to prepare for the VHT experience.
Students will delve into our rich Vincentian tradition by learning about a key group of founding Vincentian family members: Vincent de Paul, Louise de Marillac, Frederic Ozanam, and Rosalie Rendu. Students will connect the wisdom from these Vincentian leaders to their reading of the current signs of the times and their own Vincentian leadership experiences at DePaul. A scholarship is given to cover the cost of the course.
The Division of Mission and Ministry subsidizes most of the costs of the trip. Each student participant pays $800.00. No student is turned away because of inability to pay.
Students who participate in the VHT complete the Global Experience requirement of the Global Fluency Certificate. For more information about the GFC program go
Vincentian Heritage Tour student leader participants become a part of the Vinny Squad – the Meet Me at the Mission: Vincentian Heritage Initiative leadership team. Upon return, each trip participant will be required to demonstrate the impact the trip has had on their leadership journey as a member of DePaul’s Vincentian Community. This can take various forms which will be discussed at the information sessions and during the pre-trip meetings once accepted into the program.
After the Vincentian Heritage Experience students are required to register for PAX 250: Living the Vincentian Legacy of Social Change 2-credit class Spring 2023. This class will focus on integrating what was learned from the on the ground VHT experience into your leadership. It will include creating a project/event that will be shared with the broader DePaul community along with writing your own Vincentian leadership narrative. VHT student leaders also become a part of the Vinny Squad to assist with facilitating Meet Me at the Mission workshops.
Note: This program is subject to change due to COVID-19. The safety and well-being of our students is of utmost concern, and we are monitoring the pandemic carefully. If the program is cancelled prior to departure, students will receive a full refund of their program fee. In alignment with DePaul's on-campus vaccine requirement, Witte Travel's guidelines, and community partner needs, VHT students must be fully vaccinated and boosted to participate in the program.
Applications for the 2023 Vincentian Heritage Tour to France March 17 – 26 are due October 7, 2022 by 5 p.m. Late applications will not be considered. Apply through the Meet Me at the Mission page on DeHub here:
Vincentian Heritage Student Leadership Tour to Paris Application
Student leaders are required to submit the following as part of their on-line application:
For questions or more information contact Joyana Dvorak at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773.325.7569
Student leaders accepted to participate in the tour will become a part of the Vinny Squad, the Meet Me at the Mission leadership team. As Vincentian Heritage Tour participants, students must commit to the following:
Failure to complete any of the above requirements by the due dates may result in having to pay the full cost of the tour.
Friday, October 7, 2022 5PM
Application Deadline on DeHub
Friday, November 11 5PM
Deadline for all Witte Travel forms & DeHub forms
Wednesday, January 11 5PM
Color copy of Passport & Final $800 payment due
Friday, January 20 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Student Center 314A
VHT Community Building Retreat
Week of February 10 before or after classLocations and time TBA
Group check in meeting with Joyana to follow up on Meet Me at the Mission event action plans
Sunday, February 19 5:00 PM – 7:00 PMZoom
Dinner with current & past VHT student leaders
Friday, March 3
Meet Me at the Mission Event Proposal due on DeHub
January 20 – March 27
1:1 community building meetings with fellow VHT participants
March 17-26, 2023
VHT Paris, France
Friday, April 14
Medium reflection draft & On-line evaluations due
Friday, April 21 10:00 AM -- 2:30 PM Student Center 325
Post- VHT Reflection & Integration Gathering
Monday, May 24 5:00 – 7:00 PMStudent Centers 325
VHT students facilitate Meet Me at the Mission Year End Celebration
Spring Quarter – by June 7, 2023
VHT students facilitate Meet Me at the Mission events and presentations & final blog or video reflection due.
The Division of Mission & Ministry, Witte Travel and our VHT community partners are carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, and this program is subject to change. Some of the sources we are using include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Department of State, news and media outlets, DePaul Study Abroad, and conversations with local partner institutions and contacts in our program locations. We take a variety of factors into consideration, with utmost concern for student safety and well-being. If the program is canceled prior to departure, students will be refunded 100% of the program fee. As you consider participating in the Vincentian Heritage Tour, be sure to read the following Student Expectations During Covid-19. This document includes expectations for students before, during, and after their program. It will continue to be updated to respond to the changes in the Covid-19 pandemic. Review the expectations and share any questions or concerns with Joyana Dvorak. You will need to agree to these expectations when you submit your application.Pre-departure:
During the trip: