Neumann Institute for Franciscan Studies
Neumann University identifies itself as a Catholic University in the Franciscan tradition and takes seriously a commitment to what it calls “the Franciscan point of difference.” In August 1998, the college established the Neumann Institute for Franciscan Studies (NIFS) to advance the Catholic and Franciscan intellectual tradition. The Institute, in collaboration with the Vice President for Mission, serves the scholarly and spiritual needs of the entire University community, with a special focus on faculty support. In 2000, the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia endowed the Institute to ensure continuous quality staffing and programming. Since its founding, the Institute has undertaken many activities to help the University community understand, own, and integrate the Catholic and Franciscan mission.
Each year, the University emphasizes one of the RISES values (Reverence, Integrity, Service, Excellence, and Stewardship). During the 2017-2018 year, the focus is on the value of Excellence. In addition to promoting an exploration of the value of Excellence, the Neumann Institute will sponsor programs to increase understanding of the Characteristics of Franciscan Education.