Purpose Statement

Rooted in the Catholic tradition that values faith understanding, and the dignity of all people, we strive to strengthen and unify our community by fostering meaningful interreligious dialogue, engagement and collaboration directed toward the common good.

Elaboration of concepts

Catholic tradition: The Catholic tradition has long upheld the importance and compatibility of faith and reason. Anselm's famous definition of theology as/ides quaerens intellectum, "faith seeking understanding", is especially important to us as a Catholic university. At Vatican II, the Church articulated in new ways her commitment to the dignity of all people, including members of other religions, which "often reflect a ray of that Truth which enlightens all" (Nostra Aetate, p.2).

Interreligious: By this we mean that our focus is the relationship among people who orient around religion differently, including, for example, those who identify as agnostic, the "nones", or "spiritual, but not religious."

Meaningful dialogue and cooperation: What we mean by "meaningful interreligious dialogue" entails conversations about religious, theological and religious differences, spiritual experiences and yearnings, personal values, justice, and the like, and for those conversations to go deeper than the superficial. Recognizing that words and actions reciprocally influence each other, we intend also to foster tangible collective efforts to advance the common good.