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Catholic Identity

St. Vincent de Paul Photo credit: (DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief)
The Congregation of the Mission — the religious order founded by Vincent de Paul in France in the 1600s — established DePaul University in 1898. It was created to serve the needs of poor immigrants who had little opportunity for higher education in Chicago. True to its original character, DePaul cherishes its Catholic and Vincentian roots to this day.

Division of Mission & Ministry
Guided by the university's 2018 strategic plan and its mission statement, the Division of Mission and Ministry collaborates with university departments and constituencies in ways that measurably enhance their understanding and support of DePaul University's distinctive Catholic, Vincentian and urban identity. They also provide activities, events, and gatherings designed to help students become more complete and whole by nurturing their relationship to God and to one another, regardless of religious affiliation.

Department of Catholic Studies
The Department of Catholic Studies has an intellectual focus yet is interdisciplinary in nature. Its goals are rigorous intellectual study, a deepened critical understanding and an appreciation of the Catholic contribution to human civilization.

Center for World Catholicism & Intercultural Theology
Housed within the Department of Catholic Studies, the center hosts international research fellows and roughly 20 events per year, as well as World Catholicism Week every April. Cardinals, senior theologians and renowned writers, as well as potential future popes, have all participated in DePaul conferences on major subjects within Catholicism.

Visit the Office of Mission & Values YouTube page to view videos on DePaul’s Vincentian and Catholic identity. ​