Welcome to the Vincentian Community Service Office. If you are interested in getting involved in community service and social justice at DePaul and exploring your faith and spirituality, the Vincentian Community Service Office is here for you!
Become part of the rich Vincentian legacy of service today and become a Vincentian in Action! We look forward to welcoming you!
Inspired by the example of St. Vincent de Paul, the Vincentian Community Service Office seeks to empower students to promote the inherent human dignity of all people, especially marginalized communities, by educating students to cultivate relationships rooted in service, faith and justice.
The Vincentian Community Service Office will provide students with service opportunities to communities in need, while encouraging students to develop their faith lives in light of their service involvement. Inspired by the example of St. Vincent de Paul, students will be engaged in direct service, advocacy, and consciousness raising, while working towards building a more just society. Through reflection, students will find a safe place to examine questions of social justice. The Vincentian Community Service Office is committed to working collaboratively with all areas of the university, especially those engaged in community service, to further DePaul's Catholic-Vincentian-Urban mission.
Our Reflection Framework: Vincentians in Action (VIA)
Since 2002, DePaul's Vincentian Community Service Office (VCSO) has engaged a framework for reflection and community building called Vincentians in Action (VIA), an approach that is intentionally connected to any community service engagement with the poor and marginalized. VIA is a Vincentian framework for spiritual growth and social justice education, rooted in:
- Wisdom and values from Vincent de Paul, Louise de Marillac, and the International Vincentian Family
- Best practices in service-learning, civic engagement, and interfaith ministry, DePaul's Learning Goals, Student Affairs' Socially Responsible Leadership Model, and University Ministry's Mission
VCSO student leaders echo an essential VIA insight: "Service without reflection is just work – just another task." The core pillars of VIA – unpacked in VIA reflection meetings after community service experiences throughout the year – are the following:
- Way of Awareness
- Way of Dialogue
- Way of Solidarity
- Spiritual Growth
- Fighting Injustice
- Community Building
- Knowledge of International Vincentian Family & Legacy
VCSO also engages the broader DePaul community by offering/facilitating VIA experiences of service, reflection, and education. When students involved in VCSO programs and activities are asked, "What is VIA?" the common response is often: "VIA is how I reflect on my service. VIA is my community." Developed by DePaul students, staff, and faculty in 2002-2003, VIA is how VCSO educates students to be spiritually grounded, ethical leaders of today and tomorrow.
Programs & Services
Student Center 311
2250 N. Sheffield Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60614
DePaul Center 11008-11010
1 E. Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, Illinois 60604-2287