Mission Week 2019 is sponsored by the Office of Mission and Ministry and CM Cares, the ChurchMutual Insurance Company Foundation.

As. St. Ignatius sat quietly by the river, he experienced an opening of his heart, his mind and his soul. He saw everything in a new way.  With this new perspective, he understood his life’s purpose: to live God’s will. We invite you to celebrate Mission Week 2019 with us. Open to your life’s purpose. 

During this week, February 4–10, open space in your day for one of the many Mission Week offerings. There are amazing opportunities to listen to inspirational speakers, participate in service, pray, worship, reflect and to take time for silence each day. There will be challenges each day to open yourself up in a new way. 

In the quiet clarity of being open, we come to understand the Divine in all things. And we begin to understand our place among them.

Donation Drive January 22 – February 4, 2019

Open your heart this January and help us reach our goal of donating 500 backpacks/purses to Milwaukee’s own Fresh Start Learning Inc. for their Purpose-Filled Purses project.  The bags that will be packed during Mission Week will be given out to those in need who have fallen victim to human trafficking, homelessness, hopelessness, drug addiction or domestic abuse. 

Donation Items Needed

Travel size is preferred, and full size is ok, but please no hotel items. Any item that is the size that you get at hotel can be triggering for women.

  • New or Gently Used Purses/BackpacksFresh Start Backpack
    Tampons and Pads
    Body Lotion
    Lip Balm
    Hand Sanitizer
    Fluffy Socks
    Pocket Tissues

    Drop-off Locations
    Residence Hall Lobbies; Office of Mission and Ministry, Zilber Hall, 423; Campus Ministry, AMU, 236; Faber Center, Schroeder Complex, 111, Law School; Department of Philosophy, Marquette Hall, 115 

  • Monetary donations are also accepted to help us purchase $5–10 restaurant gift cards. 
    Please send monetary donations to Mission and Ministry, Zilber Hall, 423.

All Week

Walk the Labyrinth
AMU, Ballroom
Presented by Employee Wellness and Campus Ministry

A labyrinth is a curving path that you walk to help you pray. Walking in, toward the center of the labyrinth can be seen as letting go of whatever keeps you from God. The center of the labyrinth is seen as being with God. As you stand, kneel or sit in the center, you listen and feel for God's presence in you. Walking out of the labyrinth is like being sent by God, and you become aware of what God wants you to do in the world.

175th Anniversary of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee
Raynor Memorial Libraries Atrium

Learn more about the history of the Catholic Church in Milwaukee.  The 8'x10' panels give a broad overview of the major events that have shaped the last 175 years of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

Monday, February 4, 2019

7:45 a.m., Pray the Rosary
Zilber Hall, Madonna Della Strada Chapel, Second Floor 

10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Go Move Sacred Spaces Walking Pilgrimage and Lunch
Meet at the Father Marquette Statue
Presented by: Employee Wellness and University Advancement
Meet at the Father Marquette Statue outside of the Joan of Arc Chapel
Presented by: Marquette Wellness and University Advancement

Please join Laura Abing and Kathy Coffey-Guenther, Ph.D., as they explore and share the beautiful Joan of Arc Chapelspaces on campus that invite awe, inspiration, and a time for prayer and reflection.  You will see how the Marquette Community is invited to live, study and pray our Catholic and Jesuit identity each day and in every season!

The pilgrimage will include indoor and outdoor spaces, so please dress for the weather.  This special Mission Week event will end at The Commons for a special complimentary lunch and conversation on the sacred sites visited, and other inspirational places on campus.  Please join us!

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Noon, Catholic Mass, Presider, Rev. Joseph Mueller, S.J. 
St. Joan of Arc Chapel

7 p.m., Speaker — Consoloee Nishimwe
AMU, Ballrooms
Presented by: Step Up! American Association of Rwandan Women

ConsoConsolee Nishimwelee Nishimwe is an author, motivational speaker and survivor of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. She went through the horrors of genocide at the age of 14 when she and her family were forced to leave their home in Rubengera, Kibuye, and go into hiding when the genocide started. Unfortunately, during the course of the three-month long genocide, her father and three young brothers were murdered along with many other close relatives.

Today, Consolee is a committed speaker about genocide and sexual violence and is an advocate for survivors like herself who suffered physical and emotional torture. She is a staunch defender of women’s rights.

Consolee's book, Tested to the Limit: A Genocide Survivor's Story of Pain, Resilience and Hope will be available for sale and signing at this event.

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10 p.m., Catholic Mass, Presider, Rev. Christopher Krall, S.J.
St. Joan of Arc Chapel

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

7:45 a.m., Pray the Rosary
Zilber Hall, Madonna Della Strada Chapel, Second Floor

Amy LovellNoon, Ladies’ Lunch and Reflection with Amy Lovell
AMU, Ballrooms
Presented by: Campus Ministry and Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality

All Marquette women: students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to enjoy a delicious lunch, a moment of meditation, and a thoughtful presentation by Amy Lovell who will be sharing her faith story.  Won't you take this hour to open yourself to a new experience? 

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Noon, Catholic Mass, Presider, Rev. Michael Maher, S.J.
St. Joan of Arc Chapel

4–5 p.m., Aim High: Exploring the Intersection of Spirituality and Social Change
AMU, 227
Presented by: Center for Peacemaking
Peace is a goal Rabia Terri Harristhat is never fully realized in this world, but making it your own goal anyway opens a beautiful door into the greatest of adventures. Anyone can go on this adventure, and everyone is invited. All kinds of people have traveled that way before you, and despite what the world tells you, you will not find yourself alone.

Chaplain Rabia Terri Harris, founder of the Muslim Peace Fellowship and co-founder of the multireligious Community of Living Traditions, has spent 40 years in the study of personal and social transformation. What might you discover at the intersection of spirituality and social change?

Chaplain Harris is the Center for Peacemaking's 2019 Peacemaker in Residence.

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4:30 - 6:30 p.m., Unlearning Racism for Students

Marquette University students are invited to join Dr. Martha Barry, Racial Justice Director of the YWCA of Southeast Wisconsin, in a powerful five-part series to develop individual capacity to discuss and address issues of racism. Two-hour sessions on campus will allow time for review of content in the form of video clips and exercises as well as listening pairs and small and large group discussions.

The goals of this program are to gain knowledge, build meaningful relationships, and foster personal commitment to address racism. Participants will gain an understanding of implicit bias, the historical implications of race, the role of economic disparity in housing segregation, and the meaning of whiteness and internalized racism, and will become equipped with tools to imagine and build richer relationships across racial differences.

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6-7:30 p.m., Community Night

Wehr Physics 366
Presented by Lutheran Campus Ministry
Join Pastor Jessica Short and Lutheran Campus Ministry students as they prepare for the upcoming Sprign Break Pilgrimage by asking Who is our Neighbor: What does history have to say?

6:45 - 7:30 a.m., Taizé Prayer
AMU, Chapel of the Holy Family
Presented by: Campus Ministry
This simple form of Christian prayer uses short, easily learned chants, repeated over and over. There are brief Scripture readings, psalms and silence.  Icons and candles help to focus the mind and create a holy space for prayer and meditation.   This popular form of prayer was developed by the Taizé monastic community to enable young seekers of all backgrounds, languages and faith traditions to pray with the community.  This form of prayer allows participants time to rest in God, and to let the words listened to and sung penetrate one’s being. A typical “Taizé breakfast” of hard rolls and chocolate bars will follow the service.  All are welcome. 

10 p.m., Catholic Mass, Presider, Rev. Cedric Prakash, S.J.
St. Joan of Arc Chapel

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

7:45 a.m., Pray the Rosary
Zilber Hall, Madonna Della Strada Chapel, Second Floor

Noon, Soup with Substance: Inclusiveness and Human Rights: The Way to Peace
AMU, 227
Presented by: Center for Peacemaking and Campus Ministry
Forced displacement is one of the most challenging issues the world faces today. This exodus —caused by war, persecution and climate change — has forced millions of people to leave their homes in search of refuge and safety. The way to peace invites us to mainstream the practice of inclusiveness and the respect for human rights.

Cedric Prakach, S.J.Rev. Cedric Prakash, S.J., founder of Prashant, the Jesuit Centre for Human Rights, Justice and Peace, is a human rights activist and peacemaker from India who recently completed a three-year stint with Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Middle East North Africa (MENA) in Beirut, Lebanon. JRS MENA supports refugees and displaced peoples in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and Iraq.

Father Prakash is the Center for Peacemaking's 2019 Ignatian Peacemaking Lecturer.

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Noon, Catholic Mass, Presider, Rev. Ronald Bieganowski, S.J.
St. Joan of Arc Chapel

2–3 p.m., Go Move: Walking Meditation with Tim Cigelske

Presented by: Marquette Wellness and Office of Marketing and Communication

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4 p.m., Forum Event: David Archambault: Standing With Tribes — Past, Present and Future
David ArchambaultAMU, Ballrooms
Presented by: The Marquette Forum and the Democracy Project
In his address “Standing with Tribes — Past, Present and Future,” Dave Archambault discusses how the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s stand against the oil industry and federal government to block construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline just upstream of their lands quickly came to represent the arduous struggle of indigenous people everywhere to protect their sovereignty and ancestral heritage. Archambault will reflect on his tribe's rich history and how honoring the past has powered efforts to preserve that heritage for future generations. He shares his experiences with the "Standing with Standing Rock" movement, the leadership decisions he's had to make in the moment, strategies he's learned for successfully carrying the fight forward, as well as steps for all of Indian Country to stand together against injustice.


7:30–9 p.m., Ignite - Kindling Other Fires
AMU, Chapel of the Holy Family
Presented by: Campus Ministry
Ignite invites Rev. Cedric Prakash, S.J. to reflect with Marquette students  on the inspiring experience of college community, Catholic faith and worship truly welcoming all at Marquette. If you’re looking to connect with new people, explore how the values of faith engage and enrich the world, try something new, or just be inspired … come to Ignite.

10 p.m., Catholic Mass, Presider, Rev. John Thiede, S.J.
St. Joan of Arc Chapel

Thursday, February 7, 2019

7:45 a.m., Pray the Rosary
Zilber Hall, Madonna Della Strada Chapel, Second Floor

8–9 a.m., Catching Fire: Men of Faith Breakfast
Michael LovellAMU, Ballrooms
Presented by: Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality and Campus Ministry
Join men from across the campus (students, faculty and staff) as they gather to listen and share what has ignited their energies and brought meaning to their lives. Dr. Michael Lovell will be presenting his inspiring faith story, which may put each of us in touch with the experiences and vision that guide our own lives.

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11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Purpose Filled Purses — Lunch and Service Project
AMU, Ballrooms
Presented by: Service Learning Program and Student Affairs Community Service

Nancy Yarbrough

Fresh Start founder, Nancy Yarbrough, shares her story of being trafficked as a teenager, and founders of SWIM, Michael and Amy Lovell, talk about their trauma initiative. Participants will then have an opportunity to write notes of encouragement to women receiving bags. We  take all of the items donated and fill purses/backpacks.

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Noon, Catholic Mass, Presider, Rev. James Bretzke, S.J.
St. Joan of Arc Chapel

6–7:30 p.m., Dialogue Dinner: Inner and Outer Peace
AMU, 227
Presented by: Center for Peacemaking
Join us for a dinnertime conversation on finding inner peace on a personal level and how to engage in outward peacemaking in the world. The event will include dinner, table conversations and a panel featuring Chaplain Rabia Terri Harris, founder of the Muslim Peace Fellowship, Fr. Cedric Prakash S.J, human rights activist and peacemaker from India and Pastor Jessica Short, Marquette Lutheran Campus Minister. All are welcome!

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7-9 p.m., Open to Vocation
AMU Henke Lounge
Presented by: The Marquette Jesuit Community and Student Affairs
Vocation, or who am I called to be and what am I called to do, are frequently on the minds of students as they journey during their time here at Marquette.  This session, led by Fr. Kent Beausoleil, SJ, guides interested Marquette students to begin to explore the spirit of their own unique vocation through a presentation, video, reflections, and a sharing of students' hopes, dreams, and possible concerns for their future post Marquette.  This session is geared for Juniors and Seniors, but is open to all students.  Vocational resources will be made available after the session is done.
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10 p.m., Catholic Mass, Rev. Ryan Duns, S.J.
St. Joan of Arc Chapel

Friday, February 8, 2019

7:45 a.m., Pray the Rosary
Zilber Hall, Madonna Della Strada Chapel, Second Floor

8:30 a.m.–2 p.m., Enhancing the Student Experience:
Art and Environment as a Pedagogical Tool
Haggerty Museum of Art and Engineering HallHaggerty Art
Presented by Haggerty Museum, Center for Teaching and Learning an the Office of Sustainability
Marquette faculty, you are invited to learn how to utilize art as a pedagogical tool for teaching in any discipline. Included in the day: faculty presentations about the unique ways they use Haggerty exhibitions and works from the museum’s collection in their classes;  a presentation from the artist of The Great Lakes Cycle (now on display at the Haggerty) specifically addressing the Great Lakes and their role in the environment; and experience an artist-created 3D animation that illustrates Marquette faculty Dr. Michael Schläppi’s process of growing cold-tolerant domesticated Asian rice.

Email Jennifer Maney to register.

Noon, Go Move — Ignatian Yoga with Carolyn Swabek
Zilber Hall, 025
Presented by Marquette Wellness and the Trinity Fellows Program

Reflect on God’s presence in your life, connecting mind, body, and spirit with a diverse array of old and new practices as we embody the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius through an all-levels yoga practice. Mats will be provided, but feel free to bring your own.

Led by Carolyn Swabek, Director of Trinity Fellows Program and RYT-200 yoga instructor

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Noon, Catholic Mass, Rev. Eddie Mathie, S.J.
St. Joan of Arc Chapel

Saturday, February 9, 2019

National Marquette Day!
For more than 25 years, this global celebration gathers the Marquette nation united together in pride, spirit and sport to honor the values we cherish throughout the year.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

6 p.m., Pack the Mission Week Mass
Church of the Gesu
Presented by Campus Ministry
Come celebrate with us! Rev. Fred Zagone, S.J., acting vice president for mission and ministry, will preach the Gospel. Music by the wonderful students in the liturgical choir. All are welcome!
Reception to follow.

6 p.m., Lutheran Campus Ministry Worship Service
Chapel of the Holy Family

Post Mission Week Events

Monday, February 11, 2019

4 p.m., Faber's Spring Speaker
Raynor Library, Beaumier Suites B/C
Presented by: Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality

Rev. Orobator Agbonkhianmeghe, S.J., renowned theologian and president of Jesuit Superiors of Africa and Madagascar (JESAM), will be our spring speaker. He will offer his thoughts on how St. Ignatius’ experience at the River Cardoner has influenced Jesuit education across the globe.

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