Education Department | Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • The Education Department at Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Vision Statement of “Christian Educators Learning, Serving, and Leading” concurs with Pope Paul VI’s Declaration on Christian Education, Gravissimum Educationis (1965), of how extremely important education is in the life of man and the need for an education in which truth and love are developed together. In the document, the Second Vatican Council stressed the following principles:

    1. The meaning of the universal right to an education,
    2. Christian education,
    3. The duties and rights of parents, (4) Moral and religious education, and (5) The importance of schools (Gravissimum Educationis, p. 1-36).

    Therefore, the Education Department at Franciscan University of Steubenville strives to develop future Christian educators who have a sound sense of learning, serving, and leading, in today’s world, thus ensuring that all with whom they come in contact learn and are treated with dignity and respect. Franciscan students are expected to be ethical and moral role models with a strong value system so they may, through learning, serving, and leading, contribute to make a better world (Education Department Mission, University catalog, 2007, p. 45).

    As the vision statement states, “Christian Educators Learning, Serving, and Leading,” therefore:

    • We are called to learn by developing intellectual habits and virtues that are integrated with the development of moral virtues.
    • We are called to serve by demonstrating our knowledge-based values and by understand- ing our Christian vocation of teaching through service.
    • We are called to lead because it is our obligation to embrace the role as the moral and intellectual leader in 21st century schools.
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