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. He also presently serves as a trustee of the Catholic Theological Union of Chicago, and St. John’s University in New York.
As a 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 also has an interest in the history of the city of Chicago. He has authored many books, articles, book chapters, book reviews and translations. He has lectured widely on Vincentian topics. His books include “Jean-Baptiste Etienne and the Vincentian Revival” (Vincentian Studies Institute, 2001) and “Henri de Maupas du Tour. The Funeral Oration for Vincent de Paul: 23 November 1660. Introduction, Translation, and Annotation.” (Vincentian Studies Institute, 2015). 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, Ukrainian, Slovak, Lithuanian, 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 exhibition.
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 from Saint Louis University in 1989. Fr. Udovic was awarded his PhD in church history from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., in 1997, where he received the Bishop Thomas Shahan prize for excellence in the study of Church History. In 2013 he received the primary source teaching award from the Center for Research Libraries