The Rev. Edward R. Udovic, CM, PhD, a church historian specializing in the history of the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentians), has been senior executive for university mission since he joined DePaul in 1995. In February 2001, he was elected university secretary and in 2006 was named vice president for Teaching and Learning Resources. He has served on the Members of the Corporation since 1994 and been its secretary since 1995.
As associate professor in DePaul's History Department, Father Udovic is a scholar of the history both of the early modern Roman Catholic Church
and the Vincentians. He has authored many books, articles, book chapters and translations. He has lectured widely on Vincentian topics.
His books include "Jean-Baptiste Etienne and the Vincentian Revival" (Vincentian Studies Institute, 2001) and the forthcoming "Henri de
Maupas du Tour. The Funeral Oration for Vincent de Paul: 23 November
1660. Introduction, Translation, and Annotation." (Vincentian Studies
Institute, 2014). In 2010 he served as Executive Producer and
principal writer for the award-winning documentary: "Vincent de Paul:
Charity's Saint." This documentary has been translated into French,
Spanish, Korean and Chinese for international audiences.
Fr. Udovic continues to play a leading role in establishing DePaul's
Vincentian Studies Institute as the premier international site for
research and scholarship in Vincentian history, spirituality and praxis.
Over the last several years he has led a large-scale digitization of
Vincentian resources built upon the university's various Vincentian
collections. He has also produced the Institute's first virtual
As secretary, Fr. Udovic supports all the activities of the university's
Board of Trustees and Members of the Corporation. He also supervises
the university's policies and procedures and records management areas.
As vice president for Teaching and Learning resources he supervises the
university libraries, archives, special collections, art museum, and
faculty online pedagogy support efforts. As senior executive for
University Mission he heads up the Office of Mission and Values which
plays a central role in coordinating the institution's ongoing efforts
to enhance its Catholic and Vincentian identity.
He received his bachelor's degree in history from DePaul in 1976. He
was ordained at DeAndreis Seminary in 1984 and earned a Master of
Divinity Degree at the DeAndreis Institute of Theology the same year.
He received a master's degree in modern European history at Saint Louis
University in 1989. Fr. Udovic was awarded his doctorate in church
history at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., in
1997. In 2013 he received the primary source teaching award from the
Center for Research Libraries.