Saint Francis

About Our Mission

Alvernia embodies the following Franciscan values:

  • Reverence for the dignity of each individual
  • Service to others in the local and global community
  • Hospitality as expressed in an openness to all
  • Formation of a caring community
  • Education of the whole person — mind, body, heart and spirit
  • Gospel-centered values.
  • Reverence for all creation
  • Care for the environment.
  • Belief in the basic goodness of life as demonstrated through the expression of joy and optimism.
  • Using the Franciscan intellectual tradition in education.
  • Commitment to social justice.
  • Sense of responsibility to others.
  • Development of moral integrity.


Mission Statement


Guided by Franciscan values and the ideal of “knowledge joined with love,” and rooted in the Catholic and liberal arts traditions, Alvernia is a rigorous, caring, and inclusive learning community committed to academic excellence and to being and fostering broadly educated, life-long learners; reflective professionals and engaged citizens; and ethical leaders with moral courage.


Vision Statement


To Be a Distinctive Franciscan University, Committed to Personal and Social Transformation, Through Integrated, Community-based, Inclusive, and Ethical Learning.

A Franciscan Tradition