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DePaul University Division of Mission and Ministry records

Identifier: DPUA0004

Scope and Contents

This collection includes activity and annual reports, correspondence, program proposals, conference brochures, and workshop documents, transcripts of interviews, and various essays. It also contains mission statements and materials documenting the development of the Office of Mission and Values, as well as materials documenting various research projects carried out to determine the perceived and stated values of the institution, of the students, and of the Vincentians.


  • 1983-2019
  • Majority of material found within 1990-2008

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Biographical / Historical

Established as the Center for the Study of Values, the Office of Mission and Values later became the Center for University Values before finally adopting its present name and function. The Center for the Study of Values was established in January 1986 with Dennis McCann as its director. In its early years the Center was operated from the Religious Studies department, and appears to have been intended to implement programs that were academic and wide- ranging in nature. In 1988, McCann was joined by Jack Lane as Co-Director. The first priority for the Center at this time was to define and preserve the Catholic and Vincentian identity of DePaul. McCann felt that a renewed emphasis should be placed on St. Vincent, rather than general notions of Catholicism, because he felt that St. Vincent's qualities of social pragmatism and activism would be attractive to faculty, staff and students, and also that placing the focus upon Vincent avoided potentially off-putting notions of a Catholic hegemony. Rev. Paul Golden, C.M. was appointed by Fr. Richardson in 1985 to "research, plan and design an institute for preparing leadership in religiously oriented organizations," and in 1993 he became the Senior Executive for University Mission. In addition to working to enhance the Vincentian and Catholic mission of the University, part of his position involved trying to recruit other Vincentians to work at DePaul.

In 1994, the Center for the Study of Values became the Center for University Values. There was some function reassessment for the Center at this time, and Jack Lane was now working at the Center full-time (Dennis McCann was no longer involved). It was at this time that the Center started to develop events and programs such as St. Vincent's Week. Paul Golden remained very active in the discussions and planning for enhancing the mission and values of DePaul until he left in 1996 to become president of Niagara University. His position was filled by Rev. Edward Udovic, C.M.

In 2002, Jack Lane retired, and the Center for University Values merged with the University Mission position and became the Office of Mission and Values. The setting up of the Center for the Study of Values seems to be a consequence of the discussion that occurred in the 1970s about the future of DePaul in light of the dwindling numbers of Vincentians in the USA. As the Center progressed and grew, its function became less academically inclined and more with keeping public awareness of DePaul's Catholic, and especially Vincentian, heritage alive and strong.


6.75 Linear Feet (17 boxes)

Language of Materials




Organized into six series: 1. Operational files; 2. Mission; 3. Values; 4. Programs; 5. Conferences; 6. Events. Most series are arranged alphabetically by folder topic then thematically and chronologically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession 2005.24; 2000.55; 1992.22; 2012.92; 2013.65; 2013.64; 2009.09; 2014.139; 2012.41; 2013.064; 2013.065; 2014.014; 2014.015; 2015.115; 2015.116; 2015.071, 2016.098, 2016.069; 2016.078, 2017.017; 2017.083; 2019.003; 2019.007; 2019.024. Some of the materials in this collection come from two previously processed collections. Most of this collection comes from Accession 2005.24, mostly Jack Lane's files, Director of the Center for University Values until 2002. There are also more recent acquisitions to this collection, such as the Office of Mission and Values annual reports, and the Vincentian Heritage Tour materials.

Related Materials

Collection on Vincentians at DePaul University; Collection on Catholic and Vincentian identity of DePaul University; Collection on Art at DePaul University; DePaul Emeritus Society records

Processing Information

H. Fedchak 2006-2007; L. Geiger 2016; J. Casey 2017; P. Chavez 2017; R. Otto 2022

Guide to DePaul University Division of Mission and Ministry records
R. Otto
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the DePaul Special Collections and Archives Repository

John T. Richardson Library
2350 N. Kenmore Ave.
Room 314
Chicago Illinois 60614