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For Student Leaders

Student tour at the Louvre

“In the footsteps of Saint Vincent de Paul.”

March 20-29, 2020

2019–2020 Information Sessions

Are you interested in learning more about Meet Me at the Mission and the Vincentian Heritage Tour to France? We encourage you to participate in one of our Vincentian Heritage Student Leadership Tour information sessions on:

  • September 24, 2019, 12:00 PM – 1:30 p.m. LPC, Student Center, Room 324
  • September 25, 2019, 6:00-7:00 p.m., LPC Student Center, Catholic Campus Ministry Suite 104
September 27, 2019, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. LPC Quad - Stop by the VHT table at Vinny Fest

    Download the 2020 Brochure

    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.

    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 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 for the course, "Life and Times of Vincent de Paul," (CTH 290) taught by the Rev. Edward R. Udovic, C.M., PhD Upon their return from France students must demonstrate how their personal leadership and service ethics have been changed by this educational experience. Students are responsible to facilitate Meet Me at the Mission educational events for other students sharing their experiences and Vincentian wisdom.

    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.

    Demonstrate Impact

    Vincentian Heritage Tour student leader participants become a part of 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.

    Applications for the 2020 Vincentian Heritage Tour to France March 20-29 are due October 10, 2019 by 5 p.m. Late applications will not be considered. Apply through the Meet Me at the Mission page on DeHub:

    Vincentian Heritage Student Leadership Tour to Paris Application

    Student leaders are required to submit the following as part of their on-line application:

    • One recommendation from DePaul faculty or staff, using the Vincentian Heritage Student Leadership Tour Recommendation Form found on the Meet Me at the Mission page on DeHub. It is the student’s responsibility to follow up with the reference to be sure they submit the form by October 10, 2019 at 5 p.m.
    • A three-page, grammatically correct, spell checked, essay stating your perspectives on the relationship between leadership and service.
    • In a bullet-point chronological format, a summary of your leadership and Vincentian service activities inside and outside of the university.

    For questions or more information contact Joyana Dvorak at or 773.325.7569

    Student leaders accepted to participate in the tour will become a part of the Meet Me at the Mission leadership team. As Vincentian Heritage Tour participants, students must commit to the following:

    • Participate in reflection and journaling before, during, and after the experience.

    Before Departure:

    • Register for Preparatory Course CTH 290: Life & Times of Vincent de Paul Winter 2020 M/W 4:20 – 5:50 and complete all assignments and readings.*This course is available for the degree requirements: Liberal Studies Religious Dimension. A scholarship is given to cover the cost of this course.
    • Respond to any logistical emails promptly within 48 hours. Failure to do so could result in dismissal from the tour.
    • Possess a valid passport by January 15, 2020 that will remain valid beyond September 24, 2020
    • Contribute $800 to support the cost of the VHT no later than Wednesday, January 15, 2020.
    • Attend FOUR mandatory pre-departure logistical/community building meetings during Winter Quarter. Be punctual to these preparation and reflection meetings and remain in attendance until the meeting is adjourned. Please note some logistical meetings will happen during scheduled class time.
      • Friday, January 24, 2020 10:00am – 2:00pm at Cortelyou Commons
      • Sunday, February 22, 2020 5:00pm – 7:00pm VHT Reunion Dinner – 2233 N. Kenmore Ave.
    • Attend one group check in meeting to plan Meet Me at the Mission events during the week of February 10.
    • Begin to create your Vincentian Story through Medium reflection platform and develop Meet Me at the Mission event.
    • Meet one-on-one with at least 2 fellow VHT participants during Winter Quarter.
    • Participate in on-going reflection and journaling before, during, and after the experience.
    • Make any special arrangements for final exams.


    • Be punctual, adhere to tour schedule, and fully participate in all scheduled events.
    • Respect the leadership and authority of the faculty, staff mentors and community partners.
    • Participate in reflections, both formal and informal, during the experience.
    • No photos taken on trip without permission of the people in the photo.
    • No posting photos on social media without permission. [A group photo will be taken to be posted by DMM].
    • Student behavior while participating in this tour is governed by the DePaul University Code of Student Conduct. Failure to adhere to proper conduct will result in dismissal from the tour and a final grade of “F” in the course. Dismissal will require student to reimburse the university for all costs of the tour and travel.  

    After Tour:

    • Complete on-line evaluation by April 17, 2020.
    • Attend ONE mandatory post-VHT community gathering to reflect on the experience
      • Friday, April 24 10:00am - 2:30pm Cortelyou Commons
    • Finish Meet Me at the Mission Capstone Reflection. *This includes developing your Vincentian story on Medium
    • Attend Year End Meet Me at the Mission Celebration. 
      • Wednesday May 6, 5:00pm - 7:00pm Cortelyou Commons 
    • Plan and facilitate a minimum of one Meet Me at the Mission workshop tailored to the communities you serve and lead.
      *This can be during Winter or Spring quarter with the support of Mission and Ministry staff and with a one other VHT students if desired.
    • Volunteer and recruit volunteers for annual Demon S.W.A.P. A minimum of 2 hours volunteering during sorting June 8 – 18 and when possible volunteering during the event on Friday, June 19.
    • Assist in any Heritage Day events on an as needed basis, such as Vinny Fest. 
    • Be an active participant in Vinny Squad to assist in any student leadership mission trainings.
    • Commit to on-going promotion of the Meet Me at the Mission events through social media and personal invitation.

    Failure to complete any of the above requirements by the due dates may result in having to pay the full cost of the tour.

    September 11, 2019,  WEDNESDAY

    First day of Fall Quarter

    October 10, 2019,  THURSDAY

    Application Deadline

    November 8, 2019,  FRIDAY

    Deadline for all logistical information forms

    January 6, 2020,  MONDAY

    First day of Winter Quarter

    January 15, 2019,  WEDNESDAY - by 4:30 PM

    Color copy of Passport & Final $800 payment due

    January 24,  Friday, 10:00am - 2:00pm Cortelyou Commons 

    VHT Community Building Day 

    Week of February 10 before or after class

    Group check in meeting with Joyana to follow up on Meet Me at the Mission event action plans, locations and time TBD

    February 23,  SUNDAY,  5:00pm - 7:00PM
    Vincentian Residence – 2233 N. Kenmore Ave.

    Dinner with current & past VHT student leaders

    March 6,  FRIDAY

    Meet Me at the Mission Event Proposal due to DeHub

    January 24 – March 220

    One-on-one community building meetings with fellow VHT participants 

    March 20 – 29, 2020

    VHT Paris to France

    April 1,  MONDAY

    First day of Spring Quarter

    Spring Quarter

    VHT students facilitate Meet Me at the Mission events and presentations

    April 17,  FRIDAY

    Final Medium Reflections & online evaluations due

    April 24,  FRIDAY, 10:00am - 2:30pm 
    Cortelyou Commons

    Post-VHT Reflection & Integration Gathering

    May 6,  WEDNESDAY, 5:00pm - 7:00pm 
    Cortelyou Commons

    VHT students facilitate Meet Me at the Mission Year End Celebration

    June 8 – 18 (Sorting) & June 19 (Sale)

    Demon SWAP Volunteering