Our Catholic Heritage

With the publication of Ex Corde Ecclesiae in 1990 St. John Paul II encouraged those in Catholic Higher Education to continue sharing our common characteristics. At Alvernia, we express our heritage by sharing a Christian vision and goals, reflecting on the world as seen through the light of faith, and commitment to service for the common good. Our students experience intellectual and spiritual growth that shapes who they are for the remainder of their lives. It is our goal to provide opportunities for our students to wrestle with the challenges of coming into adulthood knowing that there can be harmonious unity between faith and reason.

For stories that share what some Catholic college graduates have to say about their experience of Catholic Higher Education, please go to http://www.accunet.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3790

Campus Ministry offers a rich liturgical life for all our students, who are encouraged to participate in Mass on Sunday and during the week. They are also encouraged to worship at one of the chapels available on campus and at the Bernardine Franciscan Motherhouse.

What are some of the elements of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition?

  • Inspiration of individuals and the university community
  • Continuing reflection on the light of faith and the growing treasury of human knowledge
  • Fidelity to the Christian message
  • Institutional commitment to service of the people of God and human community
  • Intellectual understanding of core catholic beliefs
  • Worship
  • Social action
  • Promotion of justice, peace, economic opportunity, human dignity

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