The DePaul Center for Mission and Ministry is a tangible expression of the College of Saint Elizabeth's ongoing commitment to living out its mission in every area of the college and subsequently, the world. In its vision of a way of life consonant with a Christian community, the Center celebrates and embodies both the Catholic tradition and that of the Sisters of Charity.
The Center fosters and celebrates inclusivity, diversity, and a sense of responsibility so as to further build a society that is just and ethical, fully human and alive. In the spirit of St. Vincent DePaul and through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching, the Center sponsors programs and initiatives that foster both personal faith life and individual and communal engagement with contemporary issues.
The DePaul Center for Mission and Ministry finds its deeper expression in the work of the following offices:
Campus Ministry at the College of Saint Elizabeth has its roots in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Founded in the Roman Catholic tradition, we are committed to a ministry of inclusivity, which honors, celebrates, and fosters the spirituality of every member of the campus community.
Because of our strong Catholic identity and values, we are dedicated to building the community through worship, service, prayer, spiritual development, interfaith dialogue, and outreach. Campus Ministry gives witness to God's presence and power in the world and fosters a spirit of service and social responsibility to others.
Community service is an integral part of the fabric of everyday life at the College of Saint Elizabeth, deeply rooted in the mission of CSE and tradition of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth. The Geraldine Riordan Office for Volunteerism and Service Learning is therefore dedicated to creating a culture of service and civic engagement at the College of Saint Elizabeth.
Throughout all of its coursework, programs and activities, the College integrates reflections of and action towards the understanding and improvement of complex social justice issues, community and global concerns. Furthermore, CSE encourages civic and social development through programs, activities and hands on experiences and service-learning initiatives that address social needs through direct service, systemic change, advocacy and fundraising.
The Geraldine Riordan Office for Volunteerism and Service Learning engages this through organizing, promoting and supporting an array of service initiatives that foster an understanding of social justice issues, providing opportunities for direct service, and building bridges between academic pursuits and community development.
The Office for Ministry and Spirituality provides theological and spiritual formation programs for the general public and training for lay ministry. Additionally, the Office for Ministry and Spirituality serves the Church by offering both initial and on-going lay ministry formation for English and Spanish-speaking communities.
The Office supports the CSE mission as a community of learning dedicated to the development of leaders in a spirit of service and social responsibility. Although its programs are open to everyone, the personal and ministerial development of laity in the Church is its special focus. The Office is committed to developing skills for ministry in multicultural settings and providing opportunities for inter-religious dialogue.
The faculty, which consists of Department of Theology professors and experienced adjuncts, share a special commitment to the adult learner. Students can earn 25 undergraduate theological credits either in a classroom or online. These credits are transferable into other programs leading to baccalaureate degrees. Classes are taught in both English and Spanish.