Urban Initiatives

Stritch's commitment to the city is both fundamental and enduring.


The Franciscans emerged in the 12th and 13th centuries at a time of great economic and social upheaval, with people moving into cities and experiencing tremendous change. Unlike other religious orders that cloistered themselves, St. Francis and his followers went to the city to help. 

Stritch works to continue in that spirit of service to the city. By partnering with organizations and individuals, Stitch is committed to playing a significant role in helping to develop the educational, economic and social potential of the community at large.

We invite you to learn more about Lifetime Learners and our numerous other urban initiatives.