Marquette’s Mission Week asks campus community to ‘Act with Faith’

Diane Foley to speak Thursday following screening of ‘Jim: The James Foley Story’

Feb. 1, 2024

Mission Week BannerMILWAUKEE — As part of Marquette University’s annual Mission Week, Feb. 4-9, students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to join in a week of events that include Mass, inspirational speakers, unique opportunities to reflect and more.

The theme of this year’s Mission Week is “Act with Faith.”

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

Sunday, Feb. 4

6 p.m. | All-university Mass: Mission Week celebrations will open with an all-university Mass led by Bishop Joseph Perry in the Church of the Gesu.

Monday, Feb. 5

11:30 a.m. | “The Caregiver’s Guide to Self-Care”: Author, nurse and Marquette alumna Jane Meier Hamilton will share a Monserrat Moment and her journey as a registered nurse and professional caregiver since 1973. In her book, “The Caregiver’s Guide to Self-Care,” she shares her model “the 7 C’s for self-care” with the hope that readers find compassion and comfort in knowing that they are not alone and there are partners on their path. The conversation will be facilitated by Dr. Jill Guttormson, dean of the College of Nursing.

The first Marquette Ignatian Educator of Distinction award will also be presented at this lunch to Dr. Marija Bjegovich-Weidman, clinical instructor of nursing.

3:30 p.m. | Ignatian Peacemaking Lecture: Archbishop Emeritus Thomas Menamparampil, S.D.B., will deliver an Ignatian Peacemaking Lecture. The former archbishop of Guwahati, India, Archbishop Menamparampi was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for his work for peace among various ethnic groups in northeast India. In 2019, he was the recipient of the Ambassador for Peace Award by the International Human Rights Council. In 2020, he was awarded the Journalism Award by the Catholic Press Association of India for his thought-provoking writings over the years. His book “Values Must Come Alive!” guides readers through the labyrinth of worrying questions that have arisen in modern times related to the issues of moral principles, ethical norms, social codes, and value systems amid bewildering cultural differences and infinitely varied contexts.

Tuesday, Feb. 6

Noon | Reflection on Native Boarding School archives : Alex Gambacorta, a Marquette alumna and former Jesuit volunteer at St. Charles Mission School on the Apsáalooke Reservation in Pryor, Montana, will share her experience exploring the school’s archives, which are maintained at Raynor Library. She will talk about her volunteer experience at St. Charles and how she rekindled that relationship after returning to Marquette to earn her master’s degree in English.

Wednesday, Feb. 7

Noon | Soup with Substance: Refugee Resettlement: A panel of faculty, students and community leaders will form a featured panel for Soup with Substance: Refugee Resettlement. These guests are each engaged in refugee resettlement research and services. The panelists include

  • Dr. Lee Za Ong, assistant professor of counselor education; Kayla Lewis, doctoral student in counseling psychology; and Claire Reuning and Hasnah Hussin of Catholic Charities Milwaukee, on their project serving Rohingya refugees in Milwaukee
  • Anna Tsvetkova, graduate student in school counseling, on her Frankel Fellowship placement with the International Institute of Wisconsin
  • Dr. Louise Cainkar, professor of social and cultural sciences, on her project serving Afghan refugees in Milwaukee

3 p.m. | Implicit bias training for healthcare majors: Students from nursing, physical therapy, laboratory science, athletic training and pre-dental will participate in an activity that allows them to become more aware of and address implicit biases. Students will listen to stories from community members that have often been subjected to prejudice, stigmatization and discrimination. In the act of listening, students grow in awareness and develop a tender heart during everyday interactions.

Thursday, Feb. 8

3:30 p.m. | “Jim: The James Foley Story,” with Diane Foley: Diane Foley, president and founder of the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation, will be on-hand for a screening of “Jim: The James Foley Story,” a 2016 documentary on the life of her son James Foley. A 1996 Marquette graduate, Jim Foley was a war correspondent before his murder in 2014. Following the screening, Diane Foley will be part of a keynote conversation.

Media interested in attending any of these events, or for more information, should contact Kevin Conway, associate director of university communication, at or by calling (414) 288-4745.

About Marquette University

Marquette University is a Catholic, Jesuit university located near the heart of downtown Milwaukee that offers a comprehensive range of majors in 11 nationally and internationally recognized colleges and schools. Through the formation of hearts and minds, Marquette prepares our 11,100 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and professional students to lead, excel and serve as agents of positive change. And, we deliver results. Ranked in the top 20% of national universities, Marquette is recognized for its undergraduate teaching, innovation and career preparation as the sixth-best university in the country for job placement. Our focus on student success and immersive, personalized learning experiences encourages students to think critically and engage with the world around them. When students graduate with a Marquette degree, they are truly prepared and called to Be The Difference.

About Kevin Conway

Kevin Conway

Kevin is the associate director for university communication in the Office of University Relations. Contact Kevin at (414) 288-4745 or