I remember when I shadowed here as a sophomore. Within two minutes four random students said, "Hi". I was stunned. I was coming from a school where I had spent a year and a half without anyone speaking to me. I knew in that instant that DePaul Catholic was where I needed to be.

The following assertions about community from Stanford sum up our community well...

First and foremost, community is not a place, a building, or an organization; nor is it an exchange of information over the Internet. Community is both a feeling and a set of relationships among people. People form and maintain communities to meet common needs.

Members of a community have a sense of trust, belonging, safety, and caring for each other. They have an individual and a collective sense that they can, as part of that community, influence their environments and each other.

That treasured feeling of community comes from shared experiences and a sense of—not necessarily the actual experience of—shared history. As a result, people know who is and isn’t part of their community. This feeling is fundamental to human existence.