Leadership Development Model

Contemplatives in Action

Contemplatives in Action

About the Model

Guided by the mission of Marquette as a Catholic, Jesuit university, our goal is the formation of persons who will dedicate their lives to the service of others, actively entering into the struggle for a more just society.

We do this by helping students become “Contemplatives in Action” who engage in the Ignatian practice of reflection and discernment.

Marquette graduates will humbly encounter the world as Contemplatives in Action. These reflective leaders respond to the wisdom in their lived experiences. In spending time in discernment and prayer, they will choose action that contributes to the work of justice for the Greater Glory of God. An active life feeds a contemplative life.


Marquette leaders recognize their gifts and talents and see themselves as loved individuals. Through the recognition of the self as a loved person, one is able to be in community with others.


Members of our community have rich and diverse lived experiences, unique to each individual. A Contemplative in Action spends time in self-reflection and discernment to look within and make sense of their experiences. Leaders then take action for the greater good, informed by this reflection and the movements of the soul.

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Being a Contemplative in Action