Mission & Ethos

St. Paul's College, established in 1926 by the Archbishop of Winnipeg, is a corporation established by a special act of the Legislature of the Province of Manitoba, whose Members include the Archbishop of Winnipeg and whose Board of Governors is entrusted with the responsibility of governing the College in collaboration with the faculty and students of the College. Since 1970, the corporation's relations with the University of Manitoba have been governed by a formal agreement whereby the funding and operation of the College has been closely integrated with that of a publicly funded provincial university. The canonical responsibility of St. Paul's College is vested in the Archbishop of Winnipeg who is the Chancellor of the College.

St. Paul's College, the Catholic college in the Ignatian tradition at the University of Manitoba, serves the Church and Society by promoting learning, both secular and spiritual, through excellence in research, teaching, and service.

At St. Paul's, we value each person, the community, social justice, the search for truth by faith and reason, and ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue.

1. To strengthen the Catholic Identity of the College.
2. To offer educational programs of the highest possible quality with a particular emphasis on programs and courses in Catholic thought.
3. To enhance student success by fostering an environment conducive to intellectual, personal, and spiritual growth.
4. To ensure the presence of qualified people in academic, governance and administrative positions who are committed to the development, communication and application of the Catholic intellectual tradition.
5. To enhance relations between the College and the Catholic community.
6. To secure the financial and physical resources necessary to support the programs and services of the College, particularly those that relate to its Catholic identity and mission. 

Submitted to the Board of Governors: June 5, 2000
Approved by the Board of Governors: June 5, 2000

St. Paul's College is committed to the social, intellectual, aesthetic, moral and spiritual growth of its community composed of students, staff, faculty, chaplains, board, and Jesuit Fathers, and to the development of justice and knowledge for all. St. Paul's seeks to synthesize knowledge gained from work in the humanities and the sciences, and encourages research in order to further our understanding of human individuals, human groups and human cultures. 

St. Paul's embodies the Catholic heritage, but imposes no creed. It asks only a commitment to the College Ethos, in conformity with its mission and aims, and to the continued pursuit of high academic achievement.

St. Paul's College is a liberal arts college, which expresses the Christian, Catholic, and Jesuit heritage.

Since St. Paul's is a Christian college, it encourages active involvement of individuals interested in the study of human reality from the perspective of the Christian heritage. This perspective holds that the individual is a self-transcending unity of body and spirit, which is open to the mystery of God, a mystery most fully communicated in Jesus Christ.

Since St. Paul's is a Catholic college, it encourages the active involvement of individuals interested in the study of human reality from the perspective of the Catholic heritage. This provides the perceptions of Christian realist philosophy, and of sacramental, mediational, and communal Catholic theology.

Since St. Paul's is grounded in the Jesuit educational tradition, it encourages the active involvement of individuals interested in the application of the Ignatian worldview to the study of human reality. This perspective views the temporal and spiritual as interwoven and fosters the study of secular and religious subjects conjointly in order that human excellence might be expressed in men and women of right principles, in touch with their times, and in tune with their culture. It is precisely this Ignatian worldview, which integrates and justifies the Ethos of St. Paul's College in conformity with its mission and aims.

Approved by the Board of Directors: March 5, 1986.
Revised by the Board of Directors: October 3, 1994.
Revised by the Board of Governors: June 7, 1999.