Welcome to Mission Week 2013!
Each year, Marquette University devotes a week to the exploration of its Catholic and Jesuit mission. Inspired by the words of Rev. Jerome Nadal, S.J., a close companion of St. Ignatius Loyola, the theme of Mission Week 2013 — The World is our Home — reflects the Catholic conviction that the spirit of God permeates every corner of creation, if only we have eyes and ears to recognize the gift. Father Nadal's sentiment distills into one succinct phrase the beauty and suffering that inhabit our world and calls us to live in deep solidarity with others. Truly, the world is our home — and it is this sense of mission and loving familiarity with the world that Marquette claims and celebrates during Mission Week.
Reflecting this commitment, the university is privileged to honor the 10 recipients of the Opus Prize in faith-based social entrepreneurship. With an innovative spirit and abiding faith, these women and men have fought seemingly intractable global issues such as poverty, illiteracy, hunger, disease and violations of human rights. Their lives evidence in powerful ways that God is most profoundly present in the human person and that the world is indeed our home!
Mission Week 2013 keynote guests:
recipients of the Opus Prize
Marquette is privileged to welcome recipients of the prestigious Opus Prize as its 2013 Mission Week keynote guests.
The million-dollar annual prize recognizes faith-based social entrepreneurship and will celebrate its 10th anniversary of supporting humanitarian work around the globe in 2013.
Several Opus Prize recipients — including the 2012 honoree, Rev. Richard Frechette, C.P. — will visit campus during Mission Week to inform and inspire by sharing their stories.
Each of the undergraduate colleges will host one or more Opus Prize recipients as “visiting chairs” so students, faculty, staff and alumni 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.
Opus Prize recipients are involved in education, health care, microfinance, refugee policy and a host of other efforts. Their life-changing integration of faith and service as individuals has much to say to the world and our campus community. Together, they represent a force for good that has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in need.
By inviting Opus Prize recipients to campus, the university honors their selfless contributions to human welfare in the context of faith — and convenes a large-scale conversation on the responsibility of Jesuit universities and their graduates to engage the complexities of culture and human experience, particularly of the poor.
50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council
This year, Mission Week intersects with the Church’s yearlong, international commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. Marquette will sponsor a number of events to highlight the ongoing legacy of Vatican II and will frame its efforts using four of the key documents that emanated from the council.
The period concurrent with Mission Week will focus on the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, Gaudium et Spes. This document, which has made a lasting impact on Catholicism, brings to light the Church’s relationship with culture and the need for it to engage “the joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties” of all people — most particularly the poor — to be an authentic Christian witness in the world.