We help guide our students, faculty, administrators, staff and trustees in understanding and integrating Hilbert’s Franciscan tradition and heritage into the college community and to carry that identity into the future.
Our Hilbert Core Values: Service · Respect · Compassion · Peace · Hope · Joy · Integrity · Vision
When the FSSJs founded the college, academic excellence and a commitment to the tradition of a rigorous liberal arts foundation was stressed. All efforts to create, sustain and enhance the academic atmosphere of the college and to support academic excellence in its students are still part of the Franciscan mission of the institution. In addition, Hilbert stays true to its Catholic Franciscan foundation by promoting core values of service, respect, compassion, peace, hope, joy, integrity, and vision.
The core values that provide a framework for the Hilbert community to accomplish the college mission are service, respect, compassion, peace, joy, hope, vision, and integrity. Defined in our Franciscan tradition, they are as follows:
While respecting academic freedom, the Catholic Franciscan values are reflected in our academic curriculum where and when appropriate. In addition, religious studies is one of the required General Education modules. Students must, therefore, take at least one religious studies course. Among those course offerings is a class in Franciscanism.
On the nonacademic side, there are numerous activities and events in keeping with our heritage. Students and parents are introduced at orientation to the story of Mother Colette Hilbert and St. Francis. This is expanded upon in the freshman Foundations Seminar classes. St. Francis Week activities include a Peace Walk, a Franciscan speaker, and blessing of the animals. A Live Nativity is an annual event in December. There is also much involvement in community service projects through Campus Ministry, the Hilbert Honors Program, and campus clubs. And service learning is a component in a variety of courses.
Moreover, there are visible symbols on campus that are reminders of our religious affiliation. Among these are banners imprinted with the Franciscan values that hang in the campus quad; the college’s St. Clare Chapel; Tau crosses in the classrooms; a large San Damiano crucifix that hangs in Franciscan Hall, the college’s administrative building; and a 50-foot long wrought iron outdoor sculpture depicting the life of St. Francis adorns the front of Franciscan Hall, to name just a few.
An impressive wrought iron sculpture in honor of the life of St. Francis adorns the front of the Hilbert campus.
Each of the sculpted panels, created by renowned local artists Mark Griffis and the late Larry Griffis, Jr., depicts a celebrated aspect of St. Francis’ life and his influence on Hilbert.
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