Mission Week 2020: Feb. 3-9

While St. Ignatius struggled to leave behind his privileged life as a noble, he spent many nights in prayer looking in awe and wonder at the expansiveness of the sky. Stirred to profound gratitude, Ignatius came to see the beauty of God’s presence in all things. 

During this week, open space in your day for one of the many Mission Week offerings.There are amazing opportunities to listen to inspirational speakers, participate in service, pray, worship, reflect and to take time for silence each day. There will be challenges each day to open yourself up to gratitude and to give gratitude to those around you.

When we focus on the goodness all around us, we see what God has truly given us. Open to gratitude. And feel the presence of God.


Every day this week, stop by the AMU to walk the labyrinth and view gratitude boards, notes and rocks.

  • Monday, Feb. 3
  • Tuesday, Feb. 4
  • Wednesday, Feb. 5
  • Thursday, Feb. 6
  • Friday, Feb. 7
  • Saturday, Feb. 8
  • Sunday, Feb. 9 

Java with the Jesuits | 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the AMU Brew

Stop by for free coffee, butterfly cookies and conversation with Marquette Jesuits.

Marquette Women’s Luncheon and Book Signing with Jeannie Gaffigan | 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom
Jeannie Gaffigan
New York Times bestselling author Jeannie Gaffigan, author of “When Life Gives You Pears,” will be interviewed by Dr. Sarah Feldner, acting dean of the Diederich College of Communication.

Gaffigan will talk about her journey with a life-threatening “pear-sized” brain tumor and how gratitude, faith, family and humor helped her recover with a new outlook on life.

  • Catholic Mass | Noon at St. Joan of Arc Chapel

Catholic Mass | 10 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc Chapel

  • “One Thing Led to Another” | 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom
    Listen to the intriguing research and academic vocation journeys from speakers as they discuss what led them to Marquette and the research about which they are passionate.
  • Featured speakers include:
  • Ed Yaz, professor of electrical and computer engineering
  • Robert Smith, Harry G. John Professor of History and director of the Center for Urban Research, Teaching and Outreach
  • Edith Hudson, chief of police
  • Register online.
  • Catholic Mass | Noon at St. Joan of Arc Chapel
  • Ignatian Peacemaking Lecture | 4 p.m. in AMU 227
    Owen ChourappaOwen Chourappa, S.J., will share his work in defending the rights of migrants as a human rights attorney and discuss the importance of peacemaking. He will also discuss India's recent Citizenship Amendment and the impact it has on migrants. Register online. 
  • Taize Prayer | 6:45 p.m. in the AMU Chapel of the Holy Family
  • Catholic Mass | 10 p.m. at Joan of Arc Chapel
  • Ignatian Yoga | 9 a.m. at the Haggerty Museum of Art
  • Soup with Substance | Noon in AMU 157
    The Educational Opportunity Program eased the door open for two Wisconsin tribal members. In celebration of its 50th year at Marquette University, a former and current EOP member will share their respective inspirational journeys to and through college.
  • Register online.
  • Catholic Mass | Noon at Joan of Arc Chapel
  • Mission Week Book Club | 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.When Life Gives You Pears Book Cover
    Gather for coffee, tea, snacks and a discussion on Jeannie Gaffigan's New York Times bestselling novel, “When Life Gives You Pears.”
  • Small and large group discussion will be led by members of the Raynor Memorial Library staff. Gaffigan will not be present for this book discussion.
  • Register online.
  • “Pivotal Moment: Civil unrest and the birth of EOP” | 7 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom
    The Educational Opportunity Program’s 50th anniversary celebration continues with a panel discussion moderated by Vivian King. Panelists will share their stories and discuss how the program impacted their lives.
  • Panelists will frame what's important for Marquette to consider over the next 50 years, especially as it relates to the university’s commitment to first-generation college students. Register online.
  • Ignite Marquette bistro edition: “It All Starts with Gratitude” | 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the AMU Lunda Room
  • Ignite Enjoy a bistro edition of Ignite Marquette this Mission Week with a free dialogue dinner buffet (first 50 people).
  • The Riverwest Food Pantry Volunteer Community, a group of college and post-college age volunteers, will share how their lives have been shaped and transformed by gratitude through their experiences. 

Catholic Mass | 10 p.m. at St. Joan of Arc Chapel

  • Catching Fire: Men of Faith Breakfast | 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom
    Marquette men – students, faculty, staff and alumni – are invited to gather, listen and share what has ignited their energies and brought meaning to their lives.

    Eric Williams, executive director of the Education Opportunity Program, will present his inspiring faith story, which may put each of us in touch with the experiences and vision that guide our own lives. Register online.
  • Java with the Jesuits | 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the AMU Brew

Stop by for free coffee, butterfly cookies and conversation with Marquette Jesuits.

  • 414 Fellows Book Cleaning Party | 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom
    Join the Marquette University 414 Fellows in a book cleaning party to support the developing minds of local children. Next Door’s Books for Kids Program offers children a chance to build their home libraries and enjoy story time with their families.
  • Participants will clean, repair and sort book donations to be distributed to children across the community. To donate new or used books, contact kelly.walker@marquette.edu. Register online.
  • Catholic Mass | Noon at Joan of Arc Chapel
  • 3rd Annual Inclusive Career Conversations | 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Commons 
    Join fellow students and staff for a discussion about how organizations can best support people from all identities and backgrounds. Learn how to be an ally for colleagues with identities different than your own. Register via Handshake.
  • Catholic Mass | 10 p.m. at Joan of Arc Chapel
  • Faculty Round Table | Noon to 1:30 p.m. in the AMU, Monaghan Ballroom
    Faculty and instructors will join Dr. Jennifer Maney, interim director for the Center for Teaching and Learning, and Dr. Melissa Shew, visiting assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy, for a Mission Week event focused on gratitude and generosity. 
  • Recent research by two leaders in the field of gratitude and education, Dr. Robert Emmons and Dr. Jeffrey Froh, support the idea that gratitude improves the lives of students and adults. They have found several benefits for students and adults. Using elements of Ignatian reflection, this roundtable session will focus on the nuanced difference between gratitude and generosity.Register online.
  • Catholic Mass | Noon at Joan of Arc Chapel
  • Master class with Grammy-nominated artist Rudy Currence | 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in AMU 157
    currenceStudents, faculty and staff are invited to attend a master class with Grammy-nominated and Dove Award winner Rudy Currence. Ahead of his performance at the Mission Week Gospel Concert, Currence will share insight on musicianship and the music industry. Register online.
  • Mission Week Gospel Concert | 4:45 p.m. at the Varsity Theatre
    Attend “A Soulful Evening of Gospel,” a celebration of gratitude featuring performances by Grammy-nominated and Dove award-winning artists Rudy Currence and Koryn Hawthorne.
  • Doors will open at 4 p.m. and the concert will begin at 4:45 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Register online.
  • National Marquette Day
  • Pack the Mission Week Mass | 6 p.m. at the Church of the Gesu
    Jim Voiss, S.J., vice president for mission and ministry, will preach the gospel. Enjoy music by students in Liturgical Choir.

    All are welcome; reception to follow.

Continuing your gratitude journey after Mission Week...

Ignatian Book Study, Radical Gratitude
Facilitated by Michael Dante and Sr. Anne Arabome, SSS, the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality will host a free gratitude book study on Radical Gratitude by Mary Jo Leddy.

Books and a light breakfast will be provided. The group will meet on the following Wednesdays: March 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. in Zilber Hall, Room 200.  

RSVP to Julie Bach, administrative assistant, by Monday, March 25.