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Mission, Vision and Values

“The Church, therefore, exhorts her sons, that through dialogue and collaboration with the followers of other religions, carried out with prudence and love and in witness to the Christian faith and life, they recognize, preserve and promote the good things, spiritual and moral, as well as the socio-cultural values found among these men.” – Nostra Aetate


The Institute for Communication and Religion will enhance the University’s and the College’s sustained leadership in fostering open, clear dialogue and study between religious believers and the broader public in the communication disciplines at the theoretical, professional, and practical levels. The Institute is inspired by Nostra Aetate and is in the spirit of ecumenical and interreligious cooperation.


The Institute intends to:

  • Contribute to public dialogue and debate on religious issues
  • Promote scholarly inquiry on the interconnection of communication and religion
  • Support and explore the religious dimension of artistic expression and creativity
  • Engage University students throughout their academic programs
  • Encourage other academic disciplines within the University as integral partners


The Institute will hold true to the values of:

  • Servant leadership
  • Academic and scholarly excellence
  • Curricular innovation
  • Ecumenical and interreligious dialogue
  • Catholicity
  • Engagement of entirely new audiences in addressing the themes of prudence, charity, and social justice
  • Collaboration with churches, synagogues, mosques, and other places of worship