Mission Week 2023: Feb 5-11

When St. Ignatius wrote letters of instruction, he often asked those that he wrote to, to be considerate and kind. He and the first companions created the Society of Jesus to take God’s ministry out into the world. By empowering others to “go, set the world on fire,” he ignited a movement that, over 500 years later, has global reach and impact.

During this week, consider taking action by attending one of the many Mission Week offerings. Whether it be opportunities to listen to inspirational speakers, participate in service, pray, worship, or reflect and take time for silence each day.   

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  • Sunday, Feb. 5
  • Monday, Feb. 6
  • Tuesday, Feb. 7
  • Wednesday, Feb. 8
  • Thursday, Feb. 9
  • Friday, Feb. 10
  • Saturday, Feb. 11

Mass | 6 p.m. in Church of the Gesu

gesuOpen a week of kindness with Rev. Jim Voiss, S.J., vice president for mission and ministry, and Marquette University students during a celebration Mass.

Join us for pizza and conversation following Mass along with a guided discussion on intentional acts of kindness with Rev. James Pribek, S.J., assistant vice president for mission and ministry.




Mass | 12 p.m. in the St. Joan of Arc Chapel

Marquette Women’s Luncheon
| 12 p.m.
Alumni Memorial Ballroom

Sara DahmenWe invite you to join us for our annual Women's Luncheon. This year we welcome Sara Dahmen, Comm '05. Sara is a coppersmith, award-winning author and novelist, and entrepreneur. Her expertise is vintage and modern cookware; she manufactures pure metal kitchenware in her Wisconsin garage for her company, House Copper & Cookware. All of her current designs are based on American traditions and wares and are sourced in the U.S. When unable to re-create traditional elements, she uses only small family owned and operated makers or armed forces veterans to help with the production of her cookware pieces. Her work includes refurbishing and restoring old and damaged copper using vintage tools.

Sara has published more than 100 articles as a contributing editor for various trade magazines, has written for Edible and Root + Bone, among others, and spoke at TEDx Rapid City. Her historical fiction series is in print as the Flats Junction Series (Promontory Press Inc.) and is in development for TV, with Tinsmith 1865 and Widow 1881 as the first two books available.

Alumni and Community Registration
Faculty, Staff and Student Event Registration

Ignatian Peacemaking Lecture | 7 p.m.
Alumni Memorial Union Ballrooms
Molly BurhansMolly Burhans is the founder of GoodLands, an organization that aims to mobilize the Catholic Church to use its land for environmental and social justice purposes. Molly was the chief cartographer for the first unified digital global map of the Catholic Church in history, which was premiered in the Vatican in 2016. She was awarded the Young Champion of the Earth by the United Nations in 2019 and is one of Encyclopedia Britannica's 2022 20 Under 40 Young Shapers of the Future. In 2021, Molly was listed by National Geographic as an Emerging Explorer.  

Register here for the Ignatian Peacemaking Lecture

Global Jesuit Luncheon Take-out | 12 p.m.
Alumni Memorial Union, 2nd Floor Lobby
While St. Ignatius of Loyola was a son of Spain, the Society of Jesus is a religious order with ministries around the world.  Each weekday of Mission Week will feature a different country with a FREE take-out lunch to the first 150 participants. 

Featured Restaurant: Get Them While They're Hot Tamales
Menu: mild pork, spicy chicken, pinto beans and cheese served with pico de gallo and green salsa cups

Mission Week Book Group | 2-3:30 p.m. 
Raynor Memorial Libraries, Beaumier Suites
Greg Boyle BookThe newest book from Rev. Greg Boyle, S.J., The Whole Language: The Power of Extravagant Tenderness, is a great book that reflects on the power of the importance of intentional kindness.

The first 35 individuals to register for discussion will receive a FREE copy of the book.

Father Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang-intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world. Father Boyle received an honorary doctorate from Marquette University during Mission Week in 2021.

The Office of Mission and Ministry is happy to partner with the Raynor Memorial Libraries and the Center for Teaching and Learning for this discussion.

Register here for the book discussion.

Mass | 10 p.m. in the St. Joan of Arc Chapel

“One Thing Led to Another” | 9 to 10:15 a.m.
Alumni Memorial Union, Lunda Room and virtual

one thing led to anotherThe Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and the Faber Center invite you to hear the intriguing research and academic vocation journeys of our faculty and staff. 

We are excited to welcome our guest panelists:
Dr. Alexandra Kriofske-Mainella
Assistant Professor, Counselor Education, College of Education

Soup with Substance | 12 p.m.
Alumni Memorial Union, 227
Molly BurhansWe welcome Molly Burhans, a graduate of Canisius College and former student of Jim Pribek, S.J., and sharing her journey to map all church-owned land on the globe with the goal of creating conversations around ethical and sustainable use of this land.

Mass | 12 p.m. in the St. Joan of Arc Chapel

  • Human Library Reflection Session | 4 - 5:30 p.m. and 6 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Alumni Memorial Union, Ballrooms
    This event invites Marquette students from nusing, physical therapy, laboratory science, athletic training, and pre-dental to participate in an activity that allows them to become more aware of and address implicit biases.  Students will listen to stories from community members that have often been subjected to prejudice, stigmatization, and discrimination.  In the act of listening, students grow in awareness, and develop a tender heart during everyday interactions. 

    This is a private event.
  • Ignite Marquette – Bistro Night | 7:30 p.m.
    Alumni Memorial Union, Lunda Room
  • Barbara Graham“Welcoming the Stranger: Immigration, Kindness, & Human Dignity” featuring Barbara Graham, Program Director & Attorney with Catholic Charities Refugee & Immigration Services

    Barbara Graham is the program director at Catholic Charities Refugee & Immigration Services (RIS). She is a three-time graduate of Marquette University with a Bachelors’ in Foreign Language and Literature, a Master’s in Journalism, and a law degree. Attorney Graham also has a Grand Diplome from the Cordon Bleu in Paris. One of her favorite aspects of working at a non-profit law firm is that the quality and scope of the work is never limited by a client’s ability to pay. In addition to RIS’ program awards, Attorney Graham has won the State Bar’s Lawyer of the Year for Law Related Education, the American Lawyers Pro Bono Hero Award, the Legal Aid Society’s Thomas G. Cannon Medal of Freedom award, and was named a Leader in the Law by the Wisconsin Law Journal.

    Ignite is an inspiring experience of college community, Catholic faith, and prayer, welcoming all at Marquette. Ignite Bistro Dinners are free for students.  No RSVP is required. Ignite will have limited seating and catering.  Sponsored by Campus Ministry.  

  • For more information, contact Steve Blaha, Assistant Director of Campus Ministry, at stephen.blaha@marquette.edu.

  • Ignite



  • Mission Week Spirit Wear Day
    Celebrate Mission Week by wearing your favorite Marquette swag and/or blue and gold! As we celebrate our mission, consider making a donation to support students during their time at Marquette through the Bridge to the Future Fund. 

    Catching Fire Breakfast  
    | 7:45 to 9 a.m.
    Alumni Memorial Union and virtual
    Todd Adams
    This event is an opportunity to gather and hear another’s story. Join members of the Marquette community as Mr. Todd Adams, Vice Chair of Marquette University’s Board of Trustees shares various experiences and aspects of his life and journey. As we listen, we’re invited to reflect on the deeper levels of our own journey and pause to consider more wholehearted living.

  • Breakfast will be served for those attending in-person. A link will be emailed for those joining virtually.

    Register here for the Catching Fire Breakfast

  • Global Jesuit Exhibit and Luncheon Take-out | 12 p.m.
    Alumni Memorial Union, 2nd Floor Lobby
    While St. Ignatius of Loyola was a son of Spain, the Society of Jesus is a religious order with ministries around the world. 

    FREE take-out lunch to the first 150 participants. 

    How to be On Your Marq with Neurodivergent Students in Your Class |
    12 - 1:15 p.m.
    Marquette's On Your Marq program supports neurodivergent students of all kinds at Marquette in all aspects of their lives. Come to this session to learn more about neurodivergent students in your classes, how best to support their distinct strengths and skills in your class and at Marquette, and how to maximize inclusive belonging and kindness with them.

    This session will be led by Emily Raclaw, Director of On Your Marq; Ann E. Millard, Associate Chair of Occupational Therapy; and graduate student researchers and practitioners who specialize in working with neurodivergent population.

    Register here for On Your Marq

    Honorary Degree Conferral and Keynote Address of Karen Lincoln Michel | 7 p.m.
    Alumni Memorial Union, Ballrooms and Virtual

    Karen Lincoln MicheleKaren Lincoln Michel, Grad ’89, is CEO of IndiJ Public Media, a nonprofit news organization that covers the Indigenous world through a digital news site and a weekday newscast. Based in Wisconsin, Karen leads the business operations of the company, which owns ICT (formerly Indian Country Today), located in Phoenix, Arizona. Previously she served as publisher and editor of Madison Magazine and is a past board president of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. She is a former executive editor of The Daily Advertiser in Lafayette, Louisiana, and a former assistant managing editor of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.  Karen started in newspapers at the La Crosse Tribune in Wisconsin and later became a staff writer for The Dallas Morning News. She has written extensively about Native American issues as a freelancer and was a columnist for The New York Times Syndicate. She is a past president of the Native American Journalists Association, the president of the IndiJ Public Media Board of Directors and a member of the Friends Board of PBS Wisconsin.

    Register here to attend the Honorary Degree Conferral

    View live stream of the Honorary Degree Conferral
  • Mass | 10 p.m. in the St. Joan of Arc Chapel
  • Global Jesuit Exhibit and  Luncheon Take-out | 12 p.m.
    Alumni Memorial Union, 2nd Floor Lobby
    While St. Ignatius of Loyola was a son of Spain, the Society of Jesus is a religious order with ministries around the world.

    FREE take-out lunch to the first 150 participants. 

    | 12 p.m. in the St. Joan of Arc Chapel
  • 2:30 - 4 p.m.  Pizza and Prayer
    Raynor Memorial Libraries, Beaumier Suites

    As we close a week full of kindness, let's take some time to come together as a prayer community and reflect with joy and gratitude. All are welcome. Pizza will be served!

    The office of Mission and Ministry is happy to partner with the Raynor Memorial Libraries and the Center for Teaching and Learning for this gathering.

    Register here for Pizza and Prayer

Join us for Self-Care Saturday 
Peace Works Self-Care Exercises

Self-Care Challenge

Exercising regularly has many benefits, and there are many types of exercises.  St. Ignatius of Loyola understood the importance of exercise when he developed the Spiritual Exercises as a way of strengthening his prayer to grow his relationship with God. Another type of exercise is to practice self-care. The Center for Peacemaking Peace Works program won the President’s Challenge award and is developing virtual exercises for students. This Mission Week, we invite you to take the Self-Care Challenge and take some time to think about your self-care. 

Assess your self-care levels and develop strategies to improve these.

Read the following quote: “The best thing you can do for the people you love is to take care of yourself."

Journal and reflect:

  1. What does this quote mean to you?
  2. Is there someone in your life right now who you think does a good job of taking care of themself? If so, what do you see them do to practice self-care?