Mission Week 2012

Who is my Neighbor?

Marquette University's annual exploration of the richness of our Catholic and Jesuit tradition. Please join us as together we explore the question asked of Jesus in the Good Samaritan parable: "Who is my neighbor?" Because of this story, people all over the world speak of being a good samaritan or of attending to those in need. Who are our neighbors — locally, nationally and internationally? Throughout the week, we will reflect on this and examine how we can create international networks to address issues of faith, justice and ecology.

Mission Week

Each February, the Marquette community pauses to reflect on our university's Catholic, Jesuit mission. Mission Week is the time set aside to recall our larger purpose and the Ignatian heritage and spirituality that guide us throughout the year.

Sunday, February 19

Mission Week Mass
Join Rev. Douglas Leonhardt, S.J. associate vice president of Mission and Ministry, and celebrant at the Mission Week 2012 opening liturgy. Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., president of Marquette University will deliver the homily.
Sponsored by Campus Ministry and the Office of Mission and Ministry
4 p.m. Church of the Gesu

Mission Week opening celebration reception
Following the Mass, you are invited to gather with friends and colleagues to help kick off Mission Week 2012.
5:30 p.m. Church of the Gesu, Parish Center, Father Herian Hall


Monday, February 20

Jennifer Beste Faculty/Staff Luncheon 
"Confronting the Realities of Hookup Culture:
How can We as Faculty and Staff at Jesuit Universities foster college students’ holistic growth?"
Sponsored by the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality
Noon Alumni Memorial Union, Ballroom E.

Who’s your neighbor coffeehouse
Featuring the Repairers of the Breach Choir
Be inspired by the soulful music and testimonials shared by members of the Repairers Community, our neighbors to the north. Coffee and treats will be served. Sponsored by the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality and Midnight Run
4 p.m. AMU, Lunda Room

Student group discussion with Dr. Jennifer Beste
Does hooking up make college students happy? Exploring college students’ perspectives
and experiences of the hookup culture.
Students are invited to participate in an honest discussion with Beste
about today’s hookup culture on college campuses and how together we can broaden our definition of relationships and create a more sexually just landscape. Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs
7 p.m. AMU, Ballroom E


Tuesday, February 21

Engaging with the real: Service learning annual community and faculty roundtable breakfast
Learn more about Milwaukee’s nonprofit community, models of service learning practice, opportunities for research, and the impact these practices can have on our community, academic scholarship and students’ education.
8 a.m. AMU, Ballrooms A and B

Sponsored by the Service Learning Program, Institute for Urban Life and Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee.

Keynote: Engineering for the developing world: From crisis to development

Dr. Bernard Amadei
4 p.m. Tuesday, February 21
Alumni Memorial Union, Monaghan Ballroom

Dr. Bernard Amadei is founding president of Engineers Without Borders USA and co-founder
of Engineers Without Borders — International. He is a professor of civil engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder and director of the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities. Amadei dedicates his curriculum and research to educating globally responsible engineering students and professionals who can help create sustainable solutions to the endemic problems that developing communities worldwide face. Amadei's work has been featured on National Public Radio and PBS Newshour and in Time.

Amadei will discuss how population growth, especially in developing or underdeveloped countries, will create unprecedented demands on resources that will be critical for engineers to address. He will propose ways that we can contribute to the building of a more sustainable, stable and equitable world.

Please join us for a reception in the Lynch Lounge immediately
following Amadei’s presentation.


Wednesday, February 22

Ash Wednesday

Mass and distribution of ashes
6:15 a.m., 7 a.m. Church of the Gesu (lower)
11 a.m., 12:05 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 9 p.m. Church of the Gesu (upper)
Noon, Chapel of the Holy Family

Ecumenical Service
6 p.m. Chapel of the Holy Family

A portrait of Cuba
Jennifer Janviere, multimedia specialist and instructor in the Diederich College of Communication, will share details from her trip to Cuba and reflect on the importance of promoting a dialogue between the United States and its neighbors to the south. Sponsored by the Diederich College of Communication
4 p.m. Johnston Hall, jPad


Thursday, February 23

Breakfast session Next steps: How to become engaged in community research
Hear the examples and tips about how successful community engagement research projects can help improve our lives and the lives of those around us.
Dr. Phil Nyden
8:30 a.m. Schroeder Complex, Room 112

Call to service reflection luncheon
You're invited for lunch, conversation and reflection on our individual and campus response to the inaugural Call to Service issued by President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., who will provide opening remarks. Lunch will be provided.
Sponsored by the Inaugural Committee for the Call to Service and Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality.
Noon AMU, Ballroom E

A faculty and graduate student workshop on community research
Join Dr. Phil Nyden for an informal dialogue designed to provide feedback to those engaged in
or considering projects in the community. Sponsored by the Graduate School and College of Education
1:30 p.m. Raynor Memorial Library, Beaumier Suite A

Do we know it all? Combining university and community knowledge in research
Dr. Phil Nyden will present his ideas and research about the importance of incorporating community engagement in research projects. Sponsored by the Graduate School and College of Education
4 p.m. AMU, Ballrooms A and B

Please join us for a reception in the Lynch Lounge immediately following Nyden's presentation.

Documentary screening Old South
Marquette visiting professional in residence in digital media Danielle Beverly will screen and lead a discussion about her documentary Old South. The film follows a black Georgia neighborhood as it battles a confederate flag-flying college fraternity whose members stage an annual-antebellum style parade. Sponsored by the Diederich College of Communication
5 p.m. Johnston Hall, jPad


Friday, February 24

Telling the stories of undercovered Milwaukee neighborhoods
Sharon McGowan, editor of the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, will discuss the importance of sharing the daily triumphs and challenges of Milwaukee's central city neighborhoods. Please join us for a bus tour of the pilot neighborhoods, Lindsay Heights, Clark Square and Layton Boulevard West immediately following her presentation. Sponsored by the Diederich College of Communication
10 a.m. Johnston Hall, jPad

Soup with Substance Connecting neighbors for change: Practical community organizingJoin members from Milwaukee's Common Ground for a discussion about how, through training and support, they turn neighbors into collaborative leaders working together to help shape community decisions. Sponsored by Campus Ministry, the Center for Peacemaking and Common Ground
Noon Alumni Memorial Union, Room 227


Ongoing events

Service project

The university is sponsoring a donation drive for four local, national and international organizations in need of help.
Call or stop in at Campus Ministry to find out more.

Future Events

Gathering Points Lecture: Does the theology of the laity have a future?
Gaillardetz is the Joseph McCarthy Professor of Catholic Systematic Theology at Boston College. He received his doctorate in systematic theology from the University of Notre Dame and was elected vice-president of the Catholic Theological Society of America.
Tuesday, February 28, 7 p.m. Weasler Auditorium


Click Mission Week archives to see previous Mission Weeks.

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Marquette's Mission

Dedicated to serving God by serving our students, faculty, and staff, Marquette University contributes to the advancement of knowledge by searching for truth, discovering and sharing knowledge, fostering personal and professional excellence, promoting a life of faith, and developing service leadership in others.

At Marquette, we believe the pursuit of excellence is a lifelong endeavor and education needs to encompass the whole person, through formation of the mind and heart. We are committed to the unfettered pursuit of truth under the mutually illuminating powers of human intelligence and Christian faith. All members of the Marquette community, from every faith tradition, give concrete expression to these beliefs by giving of themselves in service to those in need.

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