Saint Francis University
Mission and Character
Founded on Catholic Franciscan Values
In an age of complexity, the simplicity of the message of St. Francis of Assisi has more appeal than ever before: Catholic Faith. Humility. Generosity. Reverence. Service. Respect. Prayer. Joy. Love. These guiding principles of the Franciscans are the values we embrace at Saint Francis University.
St. Francis of Assisi
The vision embraced by the community of learners that became Saint Francis College originated more than 800 years ago in the person and the dream of the Poverello, Francis of Assisi, who delighted in calling himself the Troubadour, the story teller, of the Great King.
Goals of Franciscan Higher Education: Aggiornamento
Saint Francis University is a vibrant, growing community of learners grounded in the Catholic faith thanks in no small part to the guiding themes espoused in the Goals of Franciscan Higher Education. Since 1991 these goals, drafted by then Saint Francis College President Fr. Christian R. Oravac, T.O.R., have permeated every aspect of University life.
Aggiornamento Version of the Goals of Franciscan Higher Education
- Catholic Character
- Humble and Generous Attitude Towards Learning
- Community of Faith and Prayer
- Respect for the Uniqueness of Individual Persons
- Service to the Poor and Needy
- Solidarity and Reconciliation
- Reverence for All Life and Care for Creation
- Spirit of Simplicity and Joy
Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular
Saint Francis University is founded and animated by the Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. As a result one of our distinctive goals is to enable Franciscan values and the Catholic tradition to shape intellectual inquiry and decision-making, both on a personal and institutional level.