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About the Center for Mission and Identity

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Institutional Role

To develop programs, policies and assessment protocol to "Embed Catholic and Benedictine Mission and Identity into the Culture" of the institution. (BenU2020 Strategic Plan)

Mission Statement

Benedictine University's Center for Mission and Identity promotes and enhances the Catholic and Benedictine mission and identity within all facets of the institution through programming, policy, education and leadership formation. 

Vision Statement

To be a leader in mission-related programming for faculty and staff to engage and integrate Catholic and Benedictine ideals, values, and hallmarks throughout the University and beyond.


The purpose of the Center is to communicate a common understanding of our Benedictine hallmarks and values, Catholic characteristics and the pedagogical integration of those elements to the general faculty, staff, students and local community reflective of Ex corde Ecclesiae (Apostolic Constitution on Catholic Universities promulgated on August 15, 1990 by Pope John Paul II and its application decreed as law by the USCCB on May 3, 2001) through discourse and action with students, faculty, staff, administrators and community members to enhance the university's Catholic and Benedictine heritage.


  1. To ensure continuance of the tradition and mission set forth by the Benedictine monks of St. Procopius Abbey to deepen, enrich, and invigorate the faith of the university's Roman Catholic community.
  2. Provide resources for the entire university community to support lifelong learning, responsible leadership, and social engagement regarding the integration of the Catholic intellectual tradition, Catholic social teaching, and the Benedictine wisdom tradition.
  3. Foster an environment of welcome for people of all faiths as a component of our Catholic and Benedictine heritage.
  4. Counsel and advise the university community on mission-related issues.


Peter A. Huff, Ph.D.
Chief Mission Officer
Professor of Theology
Neff Alumni Center
Phone: (630) 829-6663

Rev. David Turner, OSB, Ph.D., D.Min
Special Asst. to the President
for University History and Missions
Phone: (630) 829-6245