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

All of us at CMI are 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.

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, 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. Hate has no place here. Hospitality motivates everything we do. All are cherished partners in the evolving project called Benedictine University.

We invite you to join us at CMI as we inaugurate the next exciting chapter in Benedictine’s great mission-driven story.


Lisle Main Campus


The Neff Center is the oldest building on campus and is located directly to the right of the main campus entrance on College Road.

5700 College Road, Lisle, IL 60532
Office: (630) 829-6664
Office Fax: (630) 829-6369


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

Rev. David Turner, OSB, Ph.D., D.Min
Senior Fellow in University 
History and Heritage
Phone: (630) 829-6245