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Ut in omnibus glorificetur Deus - That in all things God may be glorified.
Ut in omnibus glorificetur Deus - That in all things God may be glorified.

Welcome to Benedictine University’s Center for Mission and Identity!

The Center for Mission and Identity (CMI) is dedicated to the advancement of Benedictine’s distinctive mission and the achievement of its bold vision. Our mission and vision are deeply rooted in our long and storied history and profoundly shaped by positive engagement with contemporary culture and the latest, most innovative, developments in Catholic higher education.

As a department of the Academic Affairs Division, CMI provides mission-centered orientation and continuing education for the entire University community. We seek to foster awareness and appreciation of the Catholic intellectual tradition, Catholic social teaching, and the legacy of Benedictine wisdom. Annual signature events organized by CMI include the Visiting Scholar in Catholic Thought lectures every fall and the Benedictine Heritage Lecture and the Faith and Reason Symposium in the spring semester.

The Neff family farmhouse, the site for CMI, was the original heart of the Lisle campus when Benedictine monks from Saint Procopius Abbey moved from Chicago to DuPage County over 100 years ago. Today, the iconic stone structure is an enduring symbol of our commitment to inspiring values stretching back nearly fifteen centuries to Saint Benedict, one of the most important figures in world spirituality.

Pope John Paul II spoke eloquently about the Catholic university as “born from the heart of the Church.” From that heart spring values of justice, respect for persons, and the quest for truth that resonate richly with the highest ideals of all religions and cultures.

At Benedictine, we welcome people of all cultures, all races and ethnicities, all genders, and all faiths and no faith. All are cherished partners in the evolving project called Benedictine University.

We invite you to join with CMI as we contribute to the inauguration of the next exciting chapter in Benedictine’s great mission-driven story.

Education within the Benedictine Wisdom Tradition

From the earliest years of Christianity the disciples of Jesus faced the challenge of how to live faithfully and with integrity in the world in which they found themselves.  READ MORE >>>

Constitution on Catholic Universities by Pope St. John Paul II

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Mission Statement

Benedictine University is an inclusive academic community dedicated to teaching and learning, scholarship and service, truth and justice, as inspired by the Catholic intellectual tradition, the social teaching of the Church, and the principles of wisdom in the Rule of St. Benedict.

Vision Statement

Benedictine University aspires to be a thought leader in Catholic higher education. We seek to provide a transformative and integrative educational experience grounded in Benedictine values, helping students shape lives of meaning and purpose as engaged citizens who care for the Earth, welcome people of diverse faiths and cultures, and promote the common good.

Get Involved!

Visit the University Calendar for details and registration information!

Conversatio - Haunted Catholic Chicago
October 15, 2021
3:00 PM until 4:15 PM

Zoom Meeting
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Visiting Scholar in Catholic Thought: "Oye: The Role of Latinx Communities in Our Storied Church"
October 20, 2021
7:00 PM

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Visiting Scholar in Catholic Thought - "Listen: What #MeToo and #ChurchToo Can Teach the Catholic Church"
October 21, 2021
12:15 PM

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Center for Mission and Identity

Peter A. Huff, Ph.D.
Chief Mission Officer
Professor of Theology
Neff Alumni Center
(630) 829-6664

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