Craig Mousin examines what Vincentian universities can do for persons who are poor beyond providing them with education, since education alone is not enough to ameliorate poverty. Such institutions must answer the question of what must be done to reduce poverty with concrete action. Universities are the best place to research and debate solutions. Moreover, they can create communities of faculty, staff, and students who are aware of the poor’s dignity, who are motivated to serve them, and who will use their talents to bring about broader social reform. Service is done in partnership with poor persons themselves and with those organizations in the community at large who are already working with them. Mousin places particular emphasis on the approaches of Frederic Ozanam and the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul to poverty because those grew out of a university setting.
Mousin, Reverend Craig B.
"The Most Important Question,"
Vincentian Heritage Journal: Vol. 28
, Article 3.
Available at: http://via.library.depaul.edu/vhj/vol28/iss2/3