Marquette's Mission Week 2018 will focus on truth, reconciliation and peacemaking

February 2, 2018

MILWAUKEE — As part of Marquette University's annual Mission Week, students, faculty, staff and members of the Milwaukee community are invited to join in a week of study, listening, dialogue and prayer. This year's theme is "Truth to Reconciliation."

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

A full schedule of Mission Week events is available online. They include:

Monday, Feb. 5

11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.: Building a Bridge featuring a conversation with Rev. James Martin, S.J., (via Skype) based on his latest book exploring the relationship between the Catholic Church in dialogue with the LGBTQ community.AMU Ballrooms

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Dialogue Dinner, facilitated by the Zeidler Center for Public Discussion.Redeemer Lutheran Church, 631 N. 19th St.

Tuesday, Feb. 6

4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Opening Keynote featuring Gather at the Table with Sharon Morgan and Tom DeWolf as they discuss their healing journeys as a daughter of slavery and a son of the slave tradeAMU Ballrooms

Wednesday, Feb. 7

6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: Mission Week Mass of Atonement, featuring Bishop Jeffrey Haines of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Post-Communion reflection will be given by Venice Williams, Executive Director of Alice's Garden Urban Farm and Minister for the Table Worship Community.Church of the Gesu, 1145 West Wisconsin Ave.

Thursday, Feb. 8

11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.: Canada's Truth and Reconciliation — Perspectives on Pathways to Healing for Indigenous People featuring Theodore Fontaine, member and former chief of Sagkeeng First Nation, and author of the Canadian national bestseller Broken Circle: The Dark Legacy of Indian Residential Schools, a Memoir (2011).AMU Ballrooms

Tuesday, Feb. 13

6 p.m. to 7 p.m.: 21st Century Poverty and the Challenge of Healing our Nation — The Ignatian Peacemaking Lecture, featuring Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, executive director of NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobbying organization headquartered in Washington, D.C.Weasler Auditorium

Members of the media who would like to attend any of our other Mission Week events can contact Chris Jenkins in the Office of Marketing and Communication at (414) 288-4745 or