We warmly invite Marquette students, faculty, staff and members of the Milwaukee community to join us for a week of study, listening, dialogue and prayer as we seek to become better informed and transformed human beings related to the complicated history and reality of racial justice in contemporary times. Our theme for Mission Week 2017 is necessary and timely as we see pain, confusion, anger and peace-seeking in our own neighborhoods and across the country. We will engage with speakers and conversation, film and study impacting our consciousness around our theme, Racial Justice: Black, White and the Call of the Church. Each day we confront news about uprisings, shootings, deteriorating communities, poverty and segregation in our own city and communities across this country. Pope Francis states, “Racism today is the ultimate evil in our world.” Mission Week 2017 calls each of us to enter more deeply into courageous presence, compassionate listening and honest seeking for the power to bring love and redemption individually and corporately to these great injustices in our communities. Please join us for this important week as we explore racial disparity and injustice through the lens of the Catholic Church, which challenges us to live the Gospel through love, atonement and redemption as we seek to treat each human being with dignity, respect and deep care. 

All events are free and open to all. Mission Week is brought to you in partnership with the offices of Mission and Ministry, and Diversity and Inclusion. Special thanks to CM Cares, the Church Mutual Insurance Company foundation for their corporate sponsorship of Mission Week 2017.

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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Jesuit with students on campus

About Mission Week

It is our privilege to invite you once again to Marquette’s annual exploration of our university’s Catholic, Jesuit intellectual mission and how that mission might be stretched even further for the good of the human community. The events of Mission Week are accessible to everyone in the Marquette community: students, faculty, staff, alumni and community partners. We hope you will participate in our wide range of academic, spiritual, artistic and social events.