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.

Office of Mission & Values

Guided by the university's 2018 strategic plan and its mission statement, the Office of Mission and Values 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.

University Ministry

University Ministry provides 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.

Catholic Studies

The Catholic Studies program 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.

Vincent and Louise House

Every year, 10 undergraduate students are selected to live in an intentional Catholic community on DePaul’s Lincoln Park campus. The Vincent and Louise House is inspired by the social mission of the church.

Watch a video

Hear what Father Holtschneider has to say about DePaul’s Catholic & Vincentian Identity by clicking on the following video links: