THE DIGNITY OF EVERY PERSON

YOU ARE VALUABLE. WE RECOGNIZE THE VALUE OF YOUR PRESENCE.

This Marianist vision of community living is based on the conviction that every person has innate dignity because all people are made in the image and likeness of God.

All women and men are endowed with a rational soul and are created in God’s image; they have the same nature and origin and, being redeemed by Christ, they enjoy the same divine calling and destiny; there is here a basic equality between all and it must be accorded ever greater recognition.5

This awareness calls us not only to respect ourselves and others, but to love ourselves and all people because of the human dignity each of us receives from God. Respect and love for self include making personal, social and academic decisions that preserve and improve one’s own dignity and well-being.

Loving others includes the particular challenge to love and to respect those who are different from us. The presence of a wide range of perspectives, opinions, beliefs — and the diverse people who represent them — enhance the depth of our community and your ability to integrate the academic, religious, cultural and social elements of your life. The University Statement on Dignity states clearly:

A primary assertion of both our religious and civil traditions is the inviolable dignity of each person. Recognition of and respect for the person are central to our life as a Christian and educational community and are what allow us to pursue our common mission while being many diverse persons.6