Mission Week 2021: Feb 7-14

When St. Ignatius was called to serve God, he found a deep sense of meaning, fulfillment and a new hope. It gave his life direction and purpose. Even in times of darkness, he did not lose hope because he trusted God.

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. 


During this week, we invite you to register to view the film, Hungry to Learn.  Links to view the film will be sent to registered participants on February 5. There are limited views of the film available.  Once you have started watching the film, do not close the window until you are done.  If you need to stop watching the film but intend to return, please pause the film. 

  • Sunday, Feb. 7
  • Monday, Feb. 8
  • Tuesday, Feb. 9
  • Wednesday, Feb.10
  • Thursday, Feb. 11
  • Friday, Feb. 12
  • Saturday, Feb. 13
  • Sunday, Feb. 14
Mission Week Opening Mass | 11 a.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Family and Virtual

Open a week of Hope with Mass celebrated with Marquette University students.  Students please register onlilne for an in-person spot. All are welcome to watch and participate via the livestream.

Attend Mass Virtually

Everywhere If You Look | 9:30 a.m., Virtual Morning Show
Start your Monday with Steve Blaha and Megan Sheehan from Marquette University Campus Ministry for a fun morning show that explores how God is active in the lives of students, faculty, and staff at Marquette. This special Mission Week edition will feature Father Bryan Massingale, Marquette alumnus, Fordham University professor, and 2021 Mission Week Marquette Forum Speaker. Join “Everywhere if You Look” for an inspiring and hope-filled conversation focused on the incredible ways God is active in our lives and world.  And learn more about Father Massingale! View the recorded morning show here.

Marquette Women’s Luncheon and Reflection with Dr. Shital Vora, H Sci '04, PT '06, CEO of Global Brigades and Sr. Anne Arabome, Associate Director of Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality 
| 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m., Virtual

  • Dr. Shital Vora is co-founder and CEO of Global Brigades, overseeing Global Brigades’ talent programs in addition to administrative policies and university/donor relationships. Vora earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Marquette University in 2006. Global Brigades is the world’s largest global health and sustainable development organization that works with student volunteers to fund and execute programming. 

    For this special Mission Week virtual luncheon, listen to Vora's story and then take time for self-reflection and sharing with Sister Anne Arabome, SSS, Ph.D., associate director of the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality.

    Watch Dr. Vora's talk here!
  • Ignatian Peacemaking Lecture: "Bearers of Hope: Encounters of Love and Justice in a Broken World" with M.T. Dávila, associate professor of practice at Merrimack College  | 6:30 p.m., Virtual
  • "Encounter" has been at the center of Pope Francis' papacy. His latest encyclical, Fratelli Tutti presents the Good Samaritan as the story that most clearly demonstrates what it means to encounter others as full human beings. Who we are as people depends radically on our ability to bring hope and love to others as we work for a more just world. But how to do this in a seemingly broken world? The call to be bearers of hope to one another must be embodied in everyday practices of building communities across difference, attending to the suffering of others, and justicemaking. 

Mission Week All University Retreat | 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Virtual
Join Rev. Jim Voiss, S.J., vice president of mission and ministry on this interactive retreat open to the Marquette University community and friends. During this all day retreat, Fr. Voiss will share personal stories drawn from his life. Fr. Voiss will unfold for us the ways our passions shape our actions. He then invites us to consider how discerning our passions can free us for positive transformation.

This virtual retreat is complimentary and open to all Marquette alumni, faculty and staff, students, parents and friends. The first 200 people* who register by February 1, 2021 will be mailed a retreat package, so be sure to include your mailing address when registering.

Thank you to all those that attended! Stay tuned for our third retreat which will take place during the Lenten Season.

“Visualizing Your Values” | 4 p.m., Virtual
Marquette students, join the Office of Engagement and Inclusion leadership team as we explore values of leadership through past and present role models. We will discuss a variety of historical and current leaders and what values they represent the most. Students will be able to reflect on which inspiring leaders they identify with and have the option to make a word cloud throughout the program, showing their own personalized values. A few students will be picked to win mug, blanket, or water bottle made using their personal leadership value word cloud. This will be a reflective, informative and fun program for anyone who participates and wants to better understand themselves. 

Thank you for all those that attended!

Forum event with Rev. Bryan Massingale, Arts '79, Metcalfe Chair, Professor and James and Nancy Buckman Chair in Applied Christian Ethics | 7p.m., Virtual

Rev. Massingale is a leader in the field of theological ethics.  He is a past Convener of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium and a former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America.  He is a member of the board of directors of the Society of Christian Ethics and serves on the editorial board of Theological Studies, one of the premier Catholic journals of theology.  He is a current member and past coordinator of the North American Regional Committee of the Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church project.

Father Massingale is the recipient of four honorary doctorates, and has held the Bernard J. Hanley Chair at Santa Clara University. He is also the recipient of Marquette University’s highest award for teaching excellence (2009).

Watch Fr. Massingale's talk here!

“One Thing Led to Another” | 9 to 10:30 a.m., Virtual
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.

Thank you for all that attended!

  • Soup with Substance | Noon, Virtual
    As a singer, composer and activist, Sister Kathy Sherman, CSJ will share her original music and reflections on the challenge of being present to grief while at the same time holding on to hope within “the beloved community.” We invite you to bring a journal with you to write your own thoughts of reflection as we are present in this restorative space.

    Sr. Kathy's passion is writing music that fosters hope and healing. Her inspiration lies in the conviction that all of life is permeated with the sacred. She is deeply committed to working for non-violence, racial justice and advocating for the protection and healing of our planet. Sr. Kathy has published 24 CDs of music which are sung throughout the U.S. and other parts of the world. She holds a B.S. of Ed. from Western Illinois University and a Masters of Pastoral Studies from Loyola University. She is a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph and has her studio in LaGrange Park, IL.

    Sponsored by Marquette University Center for Peacemaking, Office of Mission & Ministry, Peace Studies Major and Campus Ministry.

    Watch Soup with Substance here!

  • Ignite Marquette and Honorary Degree Commissioning: Rev. Greg Boyle, S.J., founder of Homeboy Industries  | 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Chapel of the Holy Family and Virtual
  • Ignite Gregory Boyle, S.J., is the founder of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang-intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world.  Listen to Father Boyle reflect on stories from Homeboy Industries and thehope that keeps him looking to the future.
  • Watch Fr. Greg's degree conferral and talk here!

    In person student registration here!

  • Catching Fire Breakfast with guest Rev. Jim Voiss, S.J.,  | 8 to 8:45 a.m., Virtual

    Join other members of Marquette and greater community as Father Voiss shares different experiences and aspects of his spiritual journey.  This event is a place to explore the various dimensions of masculine spirituality.   As we hear another’s spiritual journey, it gives us pause to consider our own, and invites us to more wholehearted living.

    Register Here!
  • Forum: Hope for Our Future, Care for Our Students, Hungry to Learn Faculty and Staff Event Faculty Round Table | 11 a.m., Virtual 

    After viewing the film Hungry to Learnfaculty and staff are invited to join a conversation to examine how we can better assist students who may be food insecure or showing other signs of distress. 

    Guests will include Courtney Vosmaer, CARE team case managerand Dr. Walter Bialkowski, visiting assistant professor of computer science,  recipient of the President’s Challenge - COVID-19 Response Award. 

    Link to view the Hungry to Learn film will be available to registered participants from February 5 - 11. Learn more about the film here  

    Learn more about Dr. Walter Bialkowski’s work with local organizations to optimize food distribution here.

    Register Here!
  • Heart to Heart | 5 p.m., Virtual
  • Join the LGBTQ+ Resource Center for this special Heart to Heart during Mission Week. This is an opportunity for earnest conversation about hope and growth. These Heart to Hearts are designed to allow us to have face-to-face interactions safely and delve into deep and meaningful discussions.  Being LGBTQ+ on Marquette's campus is different for everyone, but we also face similar challenges.
  • Register Now!

  • Forum: Hungry to Learn Student Event | 7 p.m., Virtual
    After viewing the film Hungry to Learn, students are invited to join a conversation moderated by Dr. Chris Simenz, clinical professor of exercise science, to apply the themes of the film to the Marquette context and learn more about the resources available to students on Marquette’s campus to obtain food and move to action. 

    In addition to Simenz, guests will include student leaders operating the Backpack Program and Christine Little, coordinator of the Marquette University Neighborhood Kitchens (MUNK). 

    Link to view the Hungry to Learn film will be available to registered participants from February 5 - 11. Learn more about the film here.   

    Learn more about the Backpack Program here and MUNK here. 

    Register Here!
  • Our Roots Say that We're Sisters: An Image of Hope| 10 a.m., Virtual
    Join a conversation with Marquette mural artist Mauricio Ramiriez along with some of the women that inspired the mural.  "Our Roots Say that We're Sisters," is the mural installed on the north-facing façade of the Varsity Theatre/Holthusen Hall building in October.

    Register Here!

    Helping Students Make Sense of this Moment (disproportionate impact, global interconnectedness, coping with desolation)  
    | Noon to 1:30 p.m. Virtual

    Marquette University faculty, come to this session to discuss and learn practical tips about how to engage with students in Spring 2021 in the middle of our ongoing global pandemic. We will discuss how to build flexibility into your courses, help your students care for themselves, and how to advocate for students--all designed to help students find meaning and feel connected in this moment. Various elements of the Ignatian pedagogy will be discussed.

    Dr. Jen Maney, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning
    Dr. Melissa Shew, Visiting Assistant Professor, Philosophy
    Dr. Jennifer Henery, Visiting Assistant Professor, Theology
    Dr. Ann E. Millard, Clinical Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy

  • Register Here!

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 in order to grow his relationship with God.  Another type of exercising 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 think about your own self-care. 

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

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 themselves? If so, who is that person and what do you see them do to practice self-care?
Mission Week Closing Mass | 6pm p.m. in the Church of the Gesu