According to Margaret Kelly, culture is “the way a group of individuals, a corporate body, or an institution values and behaves.” Universities must ask whether their actions follow Vincent de Paul’s example and must pass on their Vincentian culture to their faculty, staff, and students. Kelly summarizes the elements of this culture as the leaders of different Vincentian schools see them. She writes, “At the core of Vincentian culture are beliefs about God, the dignity of the human person, the humanizing effect of education, the advancement of the common good, the value of direct experience with poor people, the creation of Gospel communities, advocacy for the marginalized, and responsibility for the vulnerable and needy.” She identifies five themes that universities should implement across their curricula and among all departments: “transcendence and prayer, integral development, imagination, stewardship, and learning communities of service.” These are explained in detail.
Kelly, Margaret J. D.C.
"Toward a Vincentian Culture in Higher Education,"
Vincentian Heritage Journal: Vol. 28
, Article 6.
Available at: http://via.library.depaul.edu/vhj/vol28/iss2/6