The purpose of the Office of Mission Integration is to promote and strengthen the values of our mission while celebrating our Catholic identity as a university sponsored by the Sisters of Charity.

The office will work hand in hand with Campus Ministry and the Mission Committee while developing new mission initiatives campus wide and serving as a resource for mission awareness within departments.

Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry is an integral component to Mission Integration through its role in ministering to the students.  More information about Campus Ministry

Office of Mission Integration Staff

Sister Karen Elliott, C.PP.S., D.Min, Director of Mission Integration / (513) 244-4844
Michelle Arnold, Assistant Director of Mission Integration / (513) 244-4866

Mission Statement

Mount St. Joseph University is a Catholic academic community grounded in the spiritual values and vision of its founders, the Sisters of Charity. The University educates its students through interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curricula emphasizing values, integrity and social responsibility.

Members of the Mount community embrace:

  • excellence in academic endeavors;
  • the integration of life and learning;
  • respect and concern for all persons;
  • diversity of cultures and beliefs;
  • service to others.

Statement of Catholic Identity

Mount St. Joseph University is a Catholic university founded by the Sisters of Charity.  Its administration, faculty, staff, and students embrace the following principles which uphold the values of the Sisters of Charity, as well as the Catholic Intellectual Tradition of free and open inquiry in the pursuit of truth:

Important values of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati: 

  • Doing justice
  • Sharing resources for the liberation of the oppressed
  • Commitment to the healing of our global home
  • Embracing cultural expansion
  • Learning from and being in solidarity with the poor
  • Being prophetic in church and society
  • Risking a caring response to needs
- from Sisters of Charity Mission, Vision and Charism statements

Six principles of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition:
  • Complementarity of faith and reason
  • Value in the study of all disciplines as a way of knowing God
  • Respect for the cumulative wisdom of those who have come before us
  • Integration of knowledge and education of the whole person
  • Attention to the community of all humanity
  • Cultivation of inclusiveness and diversity

- from Presentation by Dr. William Cahoy, Fall Forum of the College of St. Benedict/ St. John’s University 2003

Eligible Mission Leave Activities

The Mission Leave Policy is designed to cover University sponsored service experiences that occur during regularly scheduled work hours and allows employees to participate voluntarily.

The full policy can be found in the Faculty and Staff Benefits section of the Employee Handbook on myMount.

In addition to the experiences covered annually under the Mission Leave Policy, the Mount provides opportunities throughout the year to celebrate our mission and Catholic identity through the celebration of feast days and employee involvement in retreat activities.

For more information on any of the above events, call Sister Karen Elliott, C.PP.S at 244-4844 or email:

Elizabeth Seton Mission Award

The Elizabeth Seton Mission Award is an anual award for staff members at Mount St. Joseph University. Nomination forms and past recipients can be found on the Elizabeth Seton Mission Award page.