Mission The Office for Mission has as its purpose the preservation, enhancement, and deepening of the understanding of the university’s mission for all its stakeholders and constituencies. The Office for Mission was created to design, coordinate, oversee, and implement ways for all members of the university community to come to a deeper knowledge and ownership of the mission. While the mission of the university is to awaken, nurture, and empower learners to ethical lives of service and leadership, the “how” and the “why” of the mission is shaped, inspired, and guided by the university’s Catholic Lasallian heritage. The Office for Mission is located on the Winona campus of the university in room 113 Vlazny Hall. The office is staffed during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) throughout the year. Office for Mission Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota 700 Terrace Heights #52 Winona, MN 55987-1399 (507) 457-1597 (800) 635-5987, Ext. 1597 Fax: (507) 457-1566 Signum Fidei Award The Signum Fidei Award commemorates “Servant of God” Brother James Miller, FSC, an alumnus of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota who was shot and killed in 1982 for his defense of the indigenous youngsters he served in Guatemala. He is fondly remembered for his heroic contribution to humanity as a Christian educator, apostle to the poor and underprivileged, and advocate for justice and solidarity. With Saint Mary's Signum Fidei Award, the university recognizes an individual, group, or organization for extraordinary service to the vulnerable and marginalized members of society. It also recognizes and honors work that promotes human solidarity. The award's name, Signum Fidei or sign of faith, is taken from the great seal of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools; and it is to this international educational network that Saint Mary's University of Minnesota belongs.