Franciscan Values

Saints Francis and Clare, the founders of the Franciscan tradition, acknowledged God as creator and all humankind as made in the divine image.

Nourished by lives of prayer and reflection and focused on the example of Jesus, they offer models of cooperation and inclusivity. In this spirit, we invite persons of diverse faith backgrounds to embrace and live the Franciscan values of our University, which are:

  • Creating a Caring Community
  • Showing Compassion
  • Reverencing All of Creation
  • Making Peace

Creating a Caring Community

  • Respecting each person's dignity
  • Offering hospitality, courtesy, kindness, and friendship
  • Fostering loving relationships

Some examples of living the value at Stritch:
  • The University's mission statement proclaims that it "strives to be a caring community."
  • Efforts are made to create multicultural diversity among faculty and students.
  • The Stritch community shows a welcoming attitude toward persons with disabilities, the elderly, disadvantaged, and disenfranchised.

Showing Compassion

  • Serving and caring for the poor and oppressed
  • Working for justice
  • Taking responsible social action
  • Offering unselfish service
Some examples of living the value at Stritch:
  • Students, faculty, and staff participate in local meal programs and in Habitat for Humanity.
  • The Academic Support Center assists students needing help in fundamental skills.
  • Pre-collegiate courses are offered in basic skills for provisionally admitted students.

Reverencing All of Creation

  • Fostering a simple lifestyle and responsible stewardship
  • Preserving the environment
  • Respecting all creatures

Some examples of living the value at Stritch:
  • The University reveres life by endorsing positions regarding the sanctity of life, such as issues related to the unborn, capital punishment and euthanasia.
  • Conservation of natural resources and power sources (i.e. water, light, heat) is taught and encouraged.
  • Health and wellness campaigns are sponsored on campus.
  • Stritch holds an annual Blessing of the Animals on or around the Feast of St. Francis.

Making Peace

  • Forgiving others
  • Healing and reconciling
  • Resolving conflicts
  • Promoting non-violence

Some examples of living the value at Stritch:
  • Course content offers insights into peace and justice issues.
  • Students participate in leadership workshops dealing with conflict resolution and a national model United Nations.
  • Faculty, staff, and students participate in ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue.
  • The University is actively involved in the Wisconsin Institute for the Study of War, Peace and Global Cooperation.