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DePaul was founded in 1898 by the Congregation of the Mission (or Vincentian) religious community, which follows the teachings of 17th century French priest St. Vincent de Paul. His teachings emphasized service to the community, an area in which the university has a long history of commitment.
The Division of Mission and Ministry provides service opportunities for undergraduate students in the Vincentian tradition. These programs are listed below.
Catholic and Vincentian Identity
The Steans Center develops mutually beneficial relationships with community organizations to engage DePaul students in educational opportunities grounded in Vincentian values of respect for human dignity and the quest for social justice