Office of Mission & Ministry
Calumet College of St. Joseph is a Catholic institution of higher learning dedicated to the academic, spiritual and ethical development of undergraduate and graduate students. Informed by the values of its founding religious community, the Missionaries of the Precious Blood (C.PP.S.), the College promotes the inherent dignity of all people, social justice, an ethic of service, student empowerment, opportunity, and lifelong learning.
Our students, whether traditional or non-traditional, undergraduate, graduate or professional, come to Calumet College of St. Joseph to share our commitment to learning as a lifelong endeavor. They come to join a community whose members — faculty, staff, students, trustees, alumni and friends alike — believe that education must encompass the whole person: spiritual and moral as well as intellectual, the heart as well as the mind. And they come seeking the educational, professional and cultural advantages of a college located in a busy metropolitan area within minutes from the City of Chicago. We, in turn, take seriously our responsibility to foster and support excellence in Catholic higher education, to keep a Calumet College of St. Joseph education accessible to a diverse population of students, and to offer personal attention and care to each member of the Calumet College of St. Joseph family.
As a Catholic college in the Precious Blood tradition, we are committed to the unfettered pursuit of truth under the mutually illuminating powers of human intelligence and Christian faith. Our Catholic identity is expressed in our choices of curricula, our sponsorship of programs and activities devoted to the cultivation of our religious character, our ecumenical outlook, and our support of Catholic beliefs and values. Precisely because Catholicism at its best seeks to be inclusive, we are open to all who share our mission and seek the truth about God and the world, and we are firmly committed to academic freedom as the necessary precondition for that search. We welcome and benefit enormously from the diversity of seekers within our institution, as we freely choose and celebrate our own Catholic identity.
As a Precious Blood college, Calumet College of St. Joseph embodies the intellectual and religious traditions of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. Through a comprehensive academic program and a values-centered curriculum, our students receive a firm grounding in the liberal arts, preparation for work in a world of increasing complexity and diversity, and formation for life as ethical and informed leaders in their religious, cultural, professional and civic communities. They work with and learn from faculty who are true teacher-scholars, whose research not only advances the calculus of human knowledge, but also informs their teaching, and whose commitment to students is fundamental to their intellectual and professional lives.
Through both our academic and co-curricular programs, Calumet College of St. Joseph strives to develop persons who will dedicate their lives to the service of others, actively entering into the struggle for a more just society. We expect all members of the Calumet College of St. Joseph family, whatever their faith traditions, to give concrete expression to their beliefs by giving of themselves in service to those in need.