Guided by Franciscan values and the ideal of “knowledge joined with love,” and rooted in the Catholic and liberal arts traditions, Alvernia is a rigorous, caring, and inclusive learning community committed to academic excellence and to being and fostering broadly educated, life-long learners; reflective professionals and engaged citizens; and ethical leaders with moral courage.
To Be a Distinctive Franciscan University, Committed to Personal and Social Transformation, Through Integrated, Community-based, Inclusive, and Ethical Learning.
Year of Faith: Oct. 11, 2012 - Nov. 24, 2013
The Year of Faith is an opportunity for Catholics to experience a conversion – to turn back to Jesus and enter into a deeper relationship with him. The “door of faith” is opened at one’s baptism, but during this year Catholics are called to open it again, walk through it and rediscover and renew their relationship with Christ and his Church.
One element of our celebration of faith is to become more aware that we live in a global society made increasingly complex through ongoing revolutions in transportation options, communication technologies, economic exchanges, religious convictions, cultural diversity, and political developments. While globalization holds the threat of greater conflict, it also presents opportunities for the advancement of human dignity and the common good. (Vision statement of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities).
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
- Social action
- Promotion of justice, peace, economic opportunity, human dignity