Vincentian Heritage

On left, statues of Saint Vincent and students. Right, alumni volunteer on Vincentian Service Day.

DePaul University takes its name from Saint Vincent de Paul, a 17th century French priest who believed in the power of education to transform the world for the better. Known as the "Apostle of Charity," he believed in the God-given dignity of each person and dedicated his life to serving the poor.

DePaul was founded in 1898 by his followers, the Congregation of the Mission, a religious community commonly known as the "Vincentians." Initially created to serve the children of immigrants who were denied access to other universities of the day, DePaul quickly broadened its charter to serve women and people of all faiths and ethnicities. Today, the university continues to reach out to first-generation students, members of underserved populations and nontraditional as well as traditional students.

As part of its mission , DePaul seeks to instill its students with a sense of responsibility and dedication to community service. Beginning in the first quarter of their freshmen year, all students participate in service opportunities. DePaul is nationally recognized for its Irwin W. Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning , which matches more than 1,900 students with over 100 community organizations in experiential-learning courses each year.

As a graduate, you understand and appreciate the uniqueness of DePaul's Vincentian mission and commitment to service. We hope that your DePaul experience reinforced the deep satisfaction that comes from serving others.

Your support of the university and its mission is paramount to our continued success. By giving back to DePaul—whether through volunteering and/or a gift—your partnership will sustain the university's Vincentian mission and commitment to community service for years to come.