One University’s Attempt to Name the Franciscan Charism in Higher Education

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Mary Evelyn Govert, O.S.F.

Abstract

This paper was originally written to help colleagues at the University of Saint Francis to understand the concept of the Franciscan charism, a goal integral to part of our Strategic Plan in 2002. Many staff and faculty questioned why the Strategic Planning Steering Committee chose such a word for the core of its vision for the institution. Through the revision process of that plan, we have come to a greater understanding of the richness of the Franciscan charism. This paper is offered as a model to help colleagues at other institutions understand this tradition.

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Mary Evelyn Govert, O.S.F., University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN

Sr. Mary Evelyn Govert is the Assistant to the President for Mission in the Office of Mission Effectiveness, University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, IN.