Mission Week Archives

  • Mission Week 2017 - Racial Justice: Black, White and the Call of the Church
    Feb. 5 - 10, 2017
    We warmly invite Marquette students, faculty, staff and members of the Milwaukee community to join us for a week of study, listening, dialogue and prayer as we seek to become better informed and transformed human beings related to the complicated history and reality of racial justice in contemporary times. Our theme for Mission Week 2017 is necessary and timely as we see pain, confusion, anger and peace-seeking in our own neighborhoods and across the country. We will engage with speakers and conversation, film and study impacting our consciousness around our theme, Racial Justice: Black, White and the Call of the Church. Each day we confront news about uprisings, shootings, deteriorating communities, poverty and segregation in our own city and communities across this country. Pope Francis states, “Racism today is the ultimate evil in our world.” Mission Week 2017 calls each of us to enter more deeply into courageous presence, compassionate listening and honest seeking for the power to bring love and redemption individually and corporately to these great injustices in our communities. Please join us for this important week as we explore racial disparity and injustice through the lens of the Catholic Church, which challenges us to live the Gospel through love, atonement and redemption as we seek to treat each human being with dignity, respect and deep care.
  • Mission Week 2016 - earthjustice: commiting to our sacred world
    Jan. 31 - Feb. 5, 2016
    Mission Week 2016 invited the Marquette and greater Milwaukee community to explore the invitations provided through Pope Francis’Encylical, Laudato Si, to connect more deeply in relationship with God’s people and God’s many gifts of creation. Throughout the week, the campus community was challenged to connect to the critical ecological issues of our time, while also exploring the innovative research studies, projects, policies and spiritual practices that are working to sustain the resources needed to protect the sacred life and beauty on our planet.
  • Mission Week 2015 - Who Cares? Charity, Justice, and the Quest for the Common Good
    The Mission Week 2015 theme, Who Cares? Charity, Justice and the Quest for the Common Good, will guide us as we reflect on how we can be compassionate in responding to the needs of our sisters and brothers locally and internationally.
  • Mission Week 2014 - The Art and Practice of Forgiveness
    Mission Week 2014 will examine the theme of forgiveness in many forms, from the interpersonal to the international. What does it mean to be a forgiving person, family, university or nation?
  • Mission Week 2013 - The World Is Our Home
    During this one-of-a kind Mission Week celebration, each of the undergraduate colleges will host one or more Opus Prize winners as “visiting chairs,” so that students, faculty, staff, and alumni/ae will have the opportunity to engage in face-to-face conversations with leaders who are exemplars of ingenuity, tenacity, and commitment to the alleviation of human suffering.
  • Mission Week 2012 - Who is my Neighbor?
    Who are our neighbors — locally, nationally and internationally? Throughout the week, we will reflect on this and examine how we can create international networks to address issues of faith, justice and ecology.
  • Mission Week 2011 - Imagine God
    Learning is an act of imagination, and it is in stretching our imaginations that we extend ourselves toward God. Therefore, we invite you to explore your religious imagination and experience how music, art, poetry, scholarship and reflection contribute to the ways you imagine God and the world around you.
  • Mission Week 2010 - Centennial Celebration of Women at Marquette
    The 2010 Mission Week was dedicated to the Centennial Celebration of Women at Marquette.
  • Mission Week 2009 - iAct:Consequences of Faith
    Keynote Speaker: Dr. Shirin Ebadi speaking on, "Human Rights and the Consequences of Faith."
  • Mission Week 2008 - Faith Doing Justice
    Keynote Speaker: Soledad O'Brien of CNN moderates the conversation of four distinguished panelists as they discuss how faith affects our decissions about dealing with conflict and injustice.
  • Mission Week 2007 - Challenged to Choose: The Courage to Act
    Keynote Speaker: Lynn Brewer speaking on, "Challenged to Choose: the Courage to Act, Confessions of the Enron Executive."
  • Mission Week 2006 - Human Dignity, Human Rights: A Call to Service
    Keynote Speaker: Paul Rusesabagina, subject of the film Hotel Rwanda
  • Mission Week 2005 - Constructing Peace
    Keynote Speaker: Arun Gandhi, grandson or Muhatma Gandhi
  • Mission Week 2004 - Hope and Freedom: A Faith Journey of Struggle and Solidarity
    Keynote Speaker: Lech Walesa, founder of the Solidarity labor movement, campaigner for human rights, former president of Poland and Nobel laureate
  • Mission Week 2003 - Emerging Leaders
    Keynote Speaker: The Most Rev. Desmond Mpilo Tutu, Anglican archbishop emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa and a 1984 Nobel Peace Prize winner
  • Mission Week 2002 - Loaves and Fishes
    Keynote Speaker: Martin Luther King III, the eldest son of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Correta Scott King
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Dedicated to serving God by serving our students, faculty, and staff, Marquette University contributes to the advancement of knowledge by searching for truth, discovering and sharing knowledge, fostering personal and professional excellence, promoting a life of faith, and developing service leadership in others.

At Marquette, we believe the pursuit of excellence is a lifelong endeavor and education needs to encompass the whole person, through formation of the mind and heart. We are committed to the unfettered pursuit of truth under the mutually illuminating powers of human intelligence and Christian faith. All members of the Marquette community, from every faith tradition, give concrete expression to these beliefs by giving of themselves in service to those in need.

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