Loras College is a Catholic, diocesan college explicitly oriented to promote service of both church and world through encouraging all members of the community in development of their “diverse professional, social, and religious roles.”
Catholic Identity permeates and inspires the Loras College community in vivid and diverse ways. As one of a select number of diocesan Catholic colleges who are rooted in a particular region of the country cultivated by pastors and persons of faith, Loras’ heritage extends more than 180 years in its providential locale along the Upper Mississippi River Valley. French emigrant Bishop Mathias Loras initiated the educational mission that continues to integrate faith and reason into our study and scholarship, our professional and social interactions, and our service to communities of varying size and composition.
Our commitment to the Catholic intellectual tradition informs our inquiry and enfolds all the “dwelling places” of reasoned investigation, science, artistry, and reflection that touch on the universe and our part in it. The wide-ranging canopy of this living tradition, in which all things human become familiar to us, spans the complementary and sometimes competing points of view and voices that stir dialogue and spur us on our pilgrim way to understand truth on a comprehensive scale.
We highlight aspects of Loras’ Catholic identity by situating them against a panorama of unfolding moments in which our Catholic culture and commitment are manifested. Some moments are more transparently evident while others are more subtle; all are inextricably linked to our Catholic faith tradition.
Loras strives to be a community demonstrating the highest standards of the Catholic intellectual tradition and welcoming all people into a dialogue to promote core values of truth, respect, responsibility, excellence, and service. Recognizing that Christ summons us to “continual reformation” as we go our pilgrim way, we assert the following principles: