Marquette's Manresa Project Receives |
$500,000 From Lilly Endowment
Sept. 28, 2005
Marquette University will receive $500,000 to continue a
current $2 million five-year project aimed at helping students
to make faith-based decisions about their lives and to consider
a call to serve others.
The Lilly Endowment this week awarded $17.8 million to 37
church-related colleges and universities nationwide as a continuation
of its Programs for the Theological Exploration of Vocation.
Marquette received the maximum award granted, which was $500,000.
Schools in the third round of the initiative have been invited
to apply for the three-year continuation grant as well.
"These schools have integrated programs and projects
that are advancing the initiative's aims: to encourage young
people to explore Christian ministry as their possible life's
work, to help all students draw on their faith traditions
in making vocational choices, and to enhance the capacity
of each school's faculty and staff to teach and mentor students,”
reported Craig Dykstra, the Lilly Endowment's senior vice
president for religion.
The Manresa Project at Marquette focuses on the role of faculty
members and other employees in mentoring and guiding students
to make moral decisions consistent with the university's Jesuit
"We are called, both by our humanity and our Christian
roots, to serve others,” Susan Mountin, director of the Manresa
Project, said. “We want to help students recognize how they
can use their gifts and talents in their chosen professions,
in Christian ministry, in their family lives and in their
The Manresa Project sponsors retreats, programs and workshops
at Marquette on vocation discernment, faculty workshops on
how to incorporate self-reflection, readings and assignments
in classes, and national academic conferences that encourage
inter-religious dialogue and scholarship, and discussion of
vocation as it relates to faith and justice.
Most recently, the Manresa Project hosted Justice and
Mercy Will Kiss: A Conference on the Vocation of Peacemaking
in a World of Many Faiths. The three-day conference drew
both national and international speakers, including: James
Orbinski, M.D., from the University of Toronto, past international
president of Doctors Without Borders; Rev. Cedric Prakash,
S.J., Director of “Prashant,” a center for human rights, justice
and peace in India; and Nancy Martin, an expert in Asian religious
studies from Chapman University in Orange, CA.
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