Catholic and Jesuit

The dream of Milwaukee’s first Archbishop, Rev. John Martin Henni, to establish a Catholic, Jesuit College in Milwaukee was fulfilled in 1881 when Marquette College opened its doors to students. Today Marquette University continues the tradition of Catholic, Jesuit education by inviting students to grow in mind, heart and spirit. Our goal is to graduate students who are transformed by their education and who will transform the world in which they live — who will, in a phrase, become women and men for and with others.  

Marquette’s focus on the four core university values of excellence, faith, leadership and service challenges students to integrate knowledge, faith and real-life choices in ways that will shape their lives.

Faith and spirituality affect the way teaching, learning, research and living take place on campus. Students, faculty and staff of every religious tradition are invited to engage in conversations about faith, God, social justice, the search for truth, the desire for peace, global issues, ethics and the dignity of humanity. A Catholic and Jesuit education at Marquette is marked by the active intersection of the Gospel with culture and the intellect, as well as a deep commitment to the well-being of the whole human family.  

Catholic and Jesuit at Marquette

Society of Jesus Resources

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Ignatian spirituality

Catholic and JesuitFaith and spirituality are an important part of life at Marquette. As a Catholic and Jesuit institution, we provide an environment that fosters spiritual growth in people of all faiths — through religious services, community service, and personal and group retreats. Students, faculty and staff find opportunities to develop spiritually through conversations about things that matter — faith, God, social justice, a search for truth, the desire for peace.

Ignatian Spiritual Resources



Office of Mission and Ministry

Marquette's mission and vision statements define who we are and what we do. The Office of Mission and Ministry promotes that awareness and helps realize our mission in every dimension of university life. Specifically, the Office of Mission and Ministry:

  • Introduces new members of the Marquette community to the culture, values and heritage of the university;
  • Supports faculty, staff, administrators, students, alumni/ae and trustees in their professional and personal exploration of Marquette's mission, faith and intellectual life, Jesuit higher education and Ignatian spirituality;
  • Offers individual and group opportunities for reflection and discussion on vocation and the integration of mission with daily work;
  • Provides mission-related written and human resources on teaching, research, administration, support service, and issues of faith and justice;
  • Promotes, with others, the creation of a learning community, rooted in Marquette's four values of excellence, faith, leadership and service.