The primary mission of Xavier University is to educate each student intellectually, morally, and spiritually in an inclusive environment of open and free inquiry. In addition, the University provides a context in which all our members—students, faculty, staff—are challenged and supported in cultivating lives of reflection, compassion, and informed action.
The Edward B. Brueggeman Center for Dialogue promotes that overarching University mission by engaging in authentic dialogue with others to collaboratively create opportunities and programs that educate the whole person, promote the common good, and serve others. Today, the mission of the Center is concentrated in the promotion of the Four "Universal Apostolic Preferences" of the Jesuits (Society of Jesus), who established the University:
- Showing the Way to God—through the Spiritual Exercises and interfaith exploration.
- Walking with the Excluded—walking with the poor and the marginalized in a mission of reconciliation and justice.
- Journeying with Youth—in the creation of a hope-filled future.
- Caring for our Common Home—collaborating for the protection and renewal of God’s creation.The Center continues, as it has in the past, to seek partners—regionally, nationally, and globally—to collaborate in the essential work of deepening interfaith understanding and promoting systemic change on issues of social and environmental justice.