The theme of Mission Week 2008 was: "Faith Doing Justice."
2008 marked the 100th birthday of the late Rev. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., Superior General of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) from 1965 to 1983. Father Arrupe, like his long-ago predecessor, Ignatius of Loyola, was a man of vision and conviction. His intellect, compassion and leadership combined in both obvious and subtle ways to create a powerful example of placing the poor and marginalized at the center of our concern. Father Arrupe's famous speech asserting the absolute priority of Jesuit education to be the formation of "[women and] men for others" is now the standard to which we hold ourselves accountable.
In the spirit of Father Arrupe, the theme, Faith Doing Justice, relected our commitment to a Marquette education that integrates intellectual rigor, spiritual depth and concrete action for a more just and peaceful world. A wide selection of events has been designed to explore each of these important dimensions of Marquette.
The success of Mission Week ultimately can be judged by the way God's spirit of Faith Doing Justice becomes evident in our own lives and work.