Franciscan Heritage

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What does it mean for Quincy University to describe itself as a Catholic, Franciscan and liberal arts university?

As a university rooted in the liberal arts tradition, Quincy University provides its students:

  • with a broad world view in order to understand and appreciate the interdependence and interconnectedness of all of life; with skills to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
  • with the ability to think critically, as well as to analyze and critique knowledge and experience;
  • with the knowledge and vocabulary appropriate to an educated person and a competent professional;
  • with the means to free oneself from provincialism, narrow, insular, intolerant and/or restricted thinking;
  • with the skills to make sound ethical and moral decisions.

As a university rooted in the Catholic tradition, Quincy University:

  • follows in the footsteps of Jesus Christ;
  • lives by the values and imperatives of the Gospels;
  • observes the beliefs and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and uses them as a guide for living;
  • adheres to the moral teachings of the Roman Catholic Church;
  • seeks to become a Eucharistic community;
  • celebrates life – life’s events and transitions – in the traditions, customs, and rituals of the Catholic Church;
  • promotes and implements the social teachings of the Catholic Church;
  • actively works for justice in the world;
  • makes a commitment to life;
  • believes in the goodness and value of all persons;
  • promotes ecumenism and interfaith dialogue, especially an understanding for and appreciation of each other’s history, traditions, beliefs, values, and rituals;
  • works for unity and peace.

As a Franciscan university, Quincy University:

  • is inspired by the lives of Francis and Clare of Assisi;
  • views humankind as a family in which we are all sisters and brothers;
  • respects and values every person;
  • appreciates the integrity of creation, the interconnectedness and interdependence of all of life;
  • fosters an attitude of respect and care for the earth and everything on it;
  • becomes an instrument of peace by bringing about healing and reconciliation;
  • works for social justice; speaks for those who cannot speak for themselves;
  • generously shares knowledge, skills, talents, expertise, and time in volunteer service.