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Mission Integration

Salve Regina's mission preserves the University's Catholic identity, and the traditions of the Sisters of Mercy and their belief in the value of education. The Office of Mission Integration ensures that the integration of the mission's basic principles into the academic curriculum, student-centered programs and institutional operations supports not only the core values of mercy, but also the shared vision of graduating men and women who positively impact the intellectual, spiritual and cultural lives of their respective communities.

University Mission

As a community that welcomes people of all beliefs, Salve Regina University, a Catholic institution founded by the Sisters of Mercy, seeks wisdom and promotes universal justice.

The University through teaching and research prepares men and women for responsible lives by imparting and expanding knowledge, developing skills and cultivating enduring values. Through liberal arts and professional programs, students develop their abilities for thinking clearly and creatively, enhance their capacity for sound judgment and prepare for the challenge of learning throughout their lives.

In keeping with the traditions of the Sisters of Mercy, and recognizing that all people are stewards of God's creation, the University encourages students to work for a world that is harmonious, just and merciful.

Mission Integration Grants

In 2014, the Office of Mission Integration called for papers on the topic of "Mercy and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition." This initiative followed previous mission grant opportunities to reflect on mercy and the Catholic intellectual tradition. Three faculty abstracts were selected and resulted in a presentation at a 2015 symposium. Each presenter received a $500 mission integration grant.

Dr. Arlene Nicholas’ paper explored the concept of "Mercy and Business: A Partnership for Catholic University Business Students." Dr. Joel Schmidt's paper focused on "The Mercy Vector: Contagious Transformation in Catholic Higher Education," while Dr. Sean O'Callaghan and Sinan Zeino '16 concentrated on "The Role Which Mercy in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition Can Have in Building Interreligious Dialogue with Islam."


The Heritage and the Promise

Published by the Office of Mission Integration, "The Heritage and the Promise" provides an introduction to the early days of Salve Regina, a brief history of Catherine McAuley and the Sisters of Mercy, and a look at the University's future goals.

"The Heritage and the Promise"

The Catholic Intellectual Tradition

A two-year project fostered by the Office of Mission Integration, "The Catholic Intellectual Tradition" explores the mutual correlation between faith and reason, a sacramental vision affirming the potential of an academic discipline to reveal the sacred, reverence for the dignity of each human being as one created in the image of God, and openness to the mystery inherent in an evolving, unfinished creation.

"The Catholic Intellectual Tradition"

Echoes of Mercy

Created by members of the Salve Regina community, this poetry collection highlights mercy as an ideal, experience or practice. Each poem's powerful word images portray thoughtful reflections and shine creative light on the concept of mercy.

"Echoes of Mercy" Poetry Anthology

Mercy Illuminates

The title of this volume of essays, "Mercy Illuminates," is taken from a symposium held in April 2008 in celebration of Salve Regina's 60th anniversary. While most of the essays were presented that day, the epilogue is a paper presented by Sister Leona Misto, vice president for mission integration, at the Conference of Mercy Higher Education in June 2008.

"Mercy Illuminates"

Mission Effectiveness Statements

Students, faculty, staff and the Board of Trustees have developed mission effectiveness statements that are widely used in employment interviews, orientation and evaluations. The mission committee invites members of the University community to complete mission surveys and mission effectiveness assessments on an annual basis.

Mission Effectiveness Statements

Themes of Catholic Social Teaching

Modern Catholic social teaching has been articulated through a tradition of papal, conciliar and episcopal documents. The depth and richness of this tradition can be understood best through a direct reading of these documents. In a series of brief reflections, several of the key themes that are at the heart of Catholic social tradition are highlighted.

"Themes of Catholic Social Teaching"


Salve Regina's labyrinth offers the opportunity for quiet reflection and spiritual renewal. Made possible by the Office of Mission Integration, the labyrinth is accessible 24/7.

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