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, offers a variety of activities and resources to help the University community understand, own, and integrate the Catholic and Franciscan mission.

Mission Statement

The Neumann Institute for Franciscan Studies exists to strengthen the vision and charism of Francis and Clare of Assisi within a context of contemporary experiences in higher education. The Institute serves the scholarly and spiritual needs of the Neumann University community through seminars, lecture series, and other educational activities.

The Institute provides ongoing dialog about the Franciscan charism and values as they apply to the intellectual, affective, and ethical development of the Neumann University community.

The Neumann Institute for Franciscan Studies promotes the integration of the Catholic Franciscan tradition into the curriculum. The Institute supports course development by providing resources and research assistance.