Marquette’s Mission Week 2020 will focus on gratitude

Jan. 31, 2020

mission week butterflyMILWAUKEE — As part of Marquette University’s annual Mission Week, Feb. 3-9, students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to join in a week of events that includes inspirational speakers, service opportunities, a concert, prayer, worship, reflection and more. The theme of this year’s Mission Week is being open to gratitude and feeling the presence of God.

A full schedule of Mission Week events and registration is available online. Registration is free for all events, which include:

Monday, Feb. 3 

All day (every day of Mission Week): People will gather in the second-floor lobby of the Alumni Memorial Union to write what they are most grateful for on Mission Week gratitude boards and decorate Mission Week rocks with favorite scriptures, messages or words of gratitude.

Tuesday, Feb. 4

All day (Tuesday through Friday of Mission Week): Community members are invited to walk a labyrinth — a curving path meant to help with prayer — in the Monaghan Ballroom in the AMU. Participants let their experience unfold or walk with a prayer guide provided by Campus Ministry.  

9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: As part an event called “One Thing Led to Another,” a variety of presenters will speak in the Monaghan Ballroom in the AMU about their intriguing research and academic vocation journeys, as well as what led them to Marquette and what inspired the research about which they are so passionate. Speakers include Dr. Ed Yaz, professor of electrical and computer engineering; Dr. Robert Smith, Harry G. John Professor of History and director of the Center for Urban Research Teaching and Outreach; and Edith Hudson, chief of Marquette University Police Department.

4 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Rev. Owen Chourappa will give an Ignatian Peacemaking Lecture in room 227 of the AMU. Chourappa, who serves as the Director of Legal Cell for Human Rights at Guwahati, Assam, will discuss his work in defending the rights of migrants as a human rights attorney and the importance of peacemaking. He will also talk about India's recent Citizenship Amendment and the impact it has on migrants.

Wednesday, Feb. 5

Noon: Educational Opportunity Program graduate Robin Carufel and Lawrence Tender, a current EOP student and McNair Scholar, will speak as part of "Soup with Substance" in room 157 in the AMU. They will share their inspirational journeys getting to, and through, college, as Indigenous youth being historically subjected to inequitable access to higher education.

6:45 p.m.: A panel discussion called “Pivotal Moment: Civil Unrest and the birth of EOP” will take place in the Monaghan Ballroom in the AMU. The panel, commemorating the 50thanniversary of EOP, will focus on the intersection of civil rights and the Jesuit mission, including the role of student activists, faculty, Jesuits and the men’s basketball team in EOP’s creation. It also will look at the program’s profound impact through the lens of its alumni. Panelists include Maureen Hoyler, the Hon. M. Joseph Donald, George Thompson and Rev. Ryan Duns, S.J. Vivian King will moderate.

Thursday, Feb. 6

7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.: Men from across campus will gather for a “Men of Faith Breakfast” in the Monaghan Ballrooms in the AMU. Attendees will share what has brought energy and meaning to their lives. EOP Executive Director Dr. Eric Williams will tell his inspiring story of personal faith.

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: 414 Fellows will hold a book-cleaning party in the Monaghan Ballroom in the AMU to support Next Door Foundation’s Books for Kids program. The program provides book to children in need. Volunteers will clean, repair and sort books to be donated to kids across the community.

5 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Those who identify as, or who are allies of those who identify as, Latino/a or Hispanic, Black or African American, Asian Pacific Islander, Native American, a woman in STEM, a veteran or military personnel, or a person with a disability are invited to take part in the third annual Inclusive Career Conversations on the second floor of The Commons residence hall. The small group discussions will focus on ways in which organizations can support employee identity and more.

Friday, Feb. 7

3 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Ahead of his Mission Week Gospel concert,Grammy-nominated artist Rudy Currencewill share his insight on musicianship and the music industry in room 157 of the AMU.

Saturday, Feb. 8

4:45 p.m.: Grammy-nominated gospel artists Rudy Currence and Koryn Hawthrone will perform in the Varsity Theatre for “A Soulful Evening of Gospel – A Celebration of Gratitude.” Doors open at 4 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 9

6 p.m.: Rev. Jim Voiss, S.J., Vice President for Mission and Ministry, will preach the Gospel at Church of Gesu for Pack the Mission Week Mass.

Media interested in attending any Mission Week events should contact Shelby Williamson in the Office of Marketing and Communication at or at (414) 288-6712.

About Shelby Williamson

Shelby Williamson

Shelby is a senior communication specialist in the Office of Marketing and Communication. Contact Shelby at (414) 288-6712 or