St. Vincent de Paul, a 17th century Catholic priest, inspired and organized his contemporaries to serve the poor and oppressed. In this spirit, we strive to develop leaders who will make a difference in their local communities and the larger world. We teach students about the challenges and causes of poverty, and we support service learning activities where our students reach out with compassion to serve people's basic needs. The larger university community is encouraged to study St. Vincent and continue his important work. The Vincentian mission provides purpose to our institution, and calls on us to strive for both excellence and humility.