St大学. 弗朗西斯 proudly st和s in the Catholic tradition of liberal learning of thought, letters 和 art. It is in this culture that students are encouraged to incorporate these 弗朗西斯can 值 in their life 和 work

Characteristics of a 方济会的教育

As a member of the Association of 弗朗西斯can 大学 和 Universities USF holds certain characteristic of 弗朗西斯can higher education 和  give witness to the following common attributes…

1) The 弗朗西斯can Tradition holds a 神圣的 view of the world 和 of the human person as a reflection of God’s overflowing 善. Thus, a 弗朗西斯can education:

  • celebrates diversity as an expression of God’s generous love 的化身 first in Jesus Christ 和 the human family,
  • 强调对…的责任 创建 honoring the dignity of every creature as a particular gift of God with special care for those suffering/marginalized, 和
  • provides opportunities to contemplate 和 communicate the reality of God’s abundant . 

2) The 弗朗西斯can Tradition emphasizes 的关系 building communion from a stance of minoritas.  Thus, a 弗朗西斯can education: 

  • 的立场 少数民族/humility, accountability, transparency 和 贫困/简单,
  • 促进 调解, seeking to heal divisions through a sense of familial communion, 和
  • engages the world through a culture of social responsibility with attitude of 正义 去“修理上帝的殿”.”

3) The 弗朗西斯can Tradition, balancing both orthodoxy 和 orthopraxy, is grounded in 福音 值. Thus, a 弗朗西斯can education:

  • supports every person on their lifelong journey of 转换 (maturation/search for truth),
  • 贡献一个 知识的传统 that reflects an acknowledgement of faith 和 an ethical 和 moral response to God’s love, 和
  • encourages/models a response to the personal call to 服务领导 (Jesus’ witness in the gospels).

The 弗朗西斯can Tradition has a distinctive approach to reality.  As an educational institution these characteristics shape 和 define policies, 实践, 活动, 的相互作用, 项目, 演讲者, 庆祝活动, 祈祷的机会, 服务项目, 课程, 职业准备, 解决冲突, 方向, 以及其他相互作用.


USF is first 和 foremost a community, because community is fundamental to the Catholic 福音 tradition. In the language of our 弗朗西斯can Tradition, we call it fraternitas, united through the salvific action of our brother Jesus. We are all children connected by “our Father.” 

我们是一个社区 RESPECT
We hold reverence for all life 和 all humankind as children of God, we are brothers 和 sisters to all peoples—races 和 beliefs. We strive to show a reverence for all human life 和 life of all forms. Dignity 和 respect for all drive our efforts in working for the common good. In the spirit of charity, we support each other. We live daily with a reverence for all 创建.

我们是一个社区 同情
We have compassion for all people, always aware of the call to love our neighbors as ourselves, we strive to open our hearts to all others. We seek to form loving 的关系 thereby promoting empathy, forgiveness 和 peace in the global community. We work to build up God’s people everywhere, 带来和解, 和 to act as instruments of change for future generations.

我们是一个社区 服务
在圣. 弗朗西斯, we strive to serve all people, especially the poor 和 powerless. Knowing our own dependence on God 和 on others, we engage in active service to the poor 和 to those with special needs. In order to accomplish our mission, we seek also to exercise a wise stewardship of the university’s resources.

我们是一个社区 完整性
在我们的工作和互动中, we commit ourselves in honesty 和 excellence in our work, 和 seek to experience high ethical st和ards in our lives. We accept personal responsibility for our actions. We are well aware of concern for the challenges of Christian living in a modern world. The university attempts to assist students, faculty 和 business people to achieve greater underst和ing of ethical dimensions of professional life.

圣祷文. 弗朗西斯

This prayer is associated with St. 亚西西的弗朗西斯

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;

where there is hatred let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is darkness, light;
和 where there is sadness, joy.

grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to underst和;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
和 it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

-St. 亚西西的弗朗西斯