The mission of Madonna University, a Catholic institution of higher learning, is to instill in its students Christian humanistic values, intellectual inquiry, a respect for diversity, and a commitment to serving others through a liberal arts education, integrated with career preparation and based on the truths and principles recognized within a Felician Franciscan tradition.


  • Respect for the Dignity of Each Person
  • Peace and Justice
  • Reverence for Creation
  • Education for Truth and Service

Madonna University History

In 1937, Madonna University (then known as Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Junior College) was established by Mother Mary DeSales Tocka and her council in the 利沃尼亚的费利西亚中央修道院,第一年有18名修女入学.

Madonna University instituted master's-level programs in 1982 and became a university in 1991. 她是州、地区和国家各级护理教育的领导者, Madonna’s College of Nursing and Health launched the University’s first doctoral program – the Doctor of Nursing Practice – in 2009. Through this growth and development, the 该机构已成为全国最大的方济各大学之一 本科生和研究生共约3000名学生.

Madonna University Seal

Madonna University Official Seal

The Madonna University seal, used on official documents, consists of the shield placed 在一个圆圈内,上面写着圣母大学的名字和1937年的建校日期. The shield, designed by Sister Mary Angeline Filipiak, CSSF, consists of two ordinaries (geometric design elements). On the chief (the bar at the top of the shield) of red 一本翻开的书,象征着学习,象征着博雅教育 is the aim of Madonna University. Across the pages of this book are inscribed the words Sapientia Desursum (Wisdom from Above), symbolizing the Holy Spirit, the source of all knowledge. 盾的红色代表着上帝的爱 aim and crown of all learning. The pierced Heart of Mary with a host symbolizes the adoration of the Eucharist through her Immaculate Heart. It is also the emblem of the Felician Sisters who conduct the University. Embedded in the heart is the Franciscan crest consisting of a cross held up by the pierced hand of Christ and the stigmatized hand of St. 阿西西的方济各,他也是费利西亚社区的守护神.

The blue and gold are the University colors symbolic of its ideals: blue for loyalty to God through Mary, to country, and Alma Mater; gold for oneness of purpose and unified 大学社区在延续天主教人文主义方面的力量.

圣母大学的校徽描绘了该校的哲学和理想 the educational structure of the institution.

Felician Sisters, Founders

The foundation of Madonna University can be traced to 1855 in Warsaw, Poland where a young woman named Sophia Truszkowska, formed a religious order dedicated to caring for the poor, homeless, sick, and the elderly. Known as the Felician Sisters, this small group of women dedicated themselves to helping their community through the teachings of St. Francis of Assisi. The first Felician Sisters arrived in the United States 1874年,他在威斯康辛州的一个波兰社区定居,为美国黑人建立学校 community’s children. 到1880年,费利西亚姐妹已经将她们的努力扩展到 他管理着海湾城和底特律的学校. As the Felician community grew, so did the need for an institution of higher education to prepare Felician Sisters as teachers.

Catholic, Franciscan Tradition

Madonna University exemplifies the fine tradition of Catholic and Franciscan scholarship that has contributed significantly to the intellectual and professional development in our society. 除了南极洲,圣母大学的校友遍布各大洲 毕业生将他们的知识和技能应用到世界各地有意义的服务中 -改善他人的生活,同时在自己的专业领域表现出色.

2023 Mission & Heritage Theme:
"Reverencing the Other – Fostering Cultures of Encounter"

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