Our Mission

The St. Ambrose Center for Catholic Liberal Education and Culture exists to extend the University of Dallas’ core mission—that the pursuit of wisdom, of truth, and of virtue are the proper and primary ends of education—to the world at large. Through its various initiatives, the St. Ambrose Center aims to assist all we encounter, from K-12 students, parents, teachers, and administrators to alumni and friends of the University, in their pursuit of the moral and intellectual virtues, to enkindle and foster a desire to live out these virtues in their daily lives, and to encourage them to pursue their own good as well as the good of their families, communities, country, and church.

The initiatives of the St. Ambrose Center place special emphasis upon the classical liberal arts and the rich, time-honored tradition of Catholic liberal education. As the University of Dallas is dedicated to the recovery of the Christian intellectual tradition, and to the renewal of Catholic thought and practice in fidelity to the Church and in constructive dialogue with the modern world, the St. Ambrose Center plays a critical role by providing educational resources, experiences, and opportunities for those beyond the boundaries of the University’s Irving and Rome campuses to do the same. While pursuing these goals, the Center also seeks to stimulate and support communities of strong-minded, stout-hearted persons who are committed to the recovery and renewal of the Western heritage of the liberal arts and liberal education.