Marquette’s Mission Week 2019 will focus on divinity and finding purpose in life

February 4, 2019

MILWAUKEE – As part of Marquette University’s annual Mission Week, Feb. 4 – 10, students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to join in a week of events that includes inspirational speakers, service opportunities, prayer, worship and reflection. The theme of this year’s Mission Week, co-sponsored by Marquette’s Office of Mission and Ministry and the Church Mutual Insurance Company, is “Open to your life’s purpose.”

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

Monday, Feb. 4

10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Go Move Sacred Spaces Walking Pilgrimage and Lunch. Join Marquette Laura Abing, senior communication specialist in University Advancement, and Dr. Kathy Coffey-Guenther, senior mission and Ignatian leadership specialist in University Advancement, as they explore and share the history behind Marquette’s sacred spaces. Meet at the Father Marquette statue in front of St. Joan of Arc Chapel.

7 p.m.: Consoloee Nishimwe, author, speaker and survivor of the 1994 genocide against the Tustsi in Rwanda, will speak in the Alumni Memorial Union, Monaghan Ballrooms. This event is sponsored by Step Up! American Association of Rwandan Women.

Tuesday, Feb. 5

Noon: Ladies’ Lunch and Reflection with Amy Lovell. Women from the Marquette and greater Milwaukee communities are invited to enjoy lunch and a presentation from Amy Lovell, who will share her faith story. AMU Monaghan Ballrooms.

4 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Aim High: Exploring the Intersection of Spirituality and Social Change. Chaplain Rabia Terri Harris, founder of the Muslim Peace Fellowship, co-founder of the multi-religious Community of Living Traditions and the 2019 Peacemaker in Residence at the Marquette Center for Peacemaking, presents a talk on peace and spirituality. AMU 227.

4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Unlearning Racism for Students. Dr. Martha Barry, racial justice director of the YWCA of Southeast Wisconsin, kicks off a five-part series for students with the goal of gaining knowledge around racism, its historical implications and how to foster a personal commitment to address racism. AMU 252.

Wednesday, Feb. 6

Noon: Soup with Substance: Inclusiveness and Human Rights: The Way to Peace. Rev. Cedric Prakash, S.J., founder of Prashant, the Jesuit Center for Human Rights, Justice and Peace, and the 2019 Ignatian Peacemaking Lecturer, will lead this noon lunch session. AMU 227.

4 p.m.: Marquette Forum Event: David Archambault: Standing with Tribes – Past, Present and Future. David Archambault shares his experiences with the “Standing with Standing Rock” movement and discusses how to stand together against injustice. AMU Ballrooms.

Thursday, Feb. 7

8 a.m. to 9 a.m.: Catching Fire: Men of Faith Breakfast. Men from across campus and the greater Milwaukee community are invited to share breakfast and hear Marquette President Dr. Michael Lovell’s inspiring faith story. AMU Ballrooms.

6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: Dialogue Dinner: Inner and Outer Peace. A dinnertime conversation and panel discussion including a number of 2019 Mission Week speakers. AMU 227.

Friday, Feb. 8

8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Enhancing the Student Experience: Art and Environment as a Pedagogical Tool. Learn how to use art as a tool for teaching in any discipline. The day includes faculty presentations, an artist-created 3D animation and presentations of art. Haggerty Museum of Art and Engineering Hall.

Sunday, Feb. 10

6 p.m.: Pack the Mission Week Mass. Rev. Fred Zagone, S.J., acting vice president for mission and ministry, will preach the Gospel. Church of the Gesu.

Members of the media who would like to attend any of our Mission Week events can contact Jesse Lee in the Office of Marketing and Communication at (414) 288-4984 or

About Jesse Lee

Jesse Lee

Jesse is a senior communication specialist for the College of Health Sciences in the Office of Marketing and Communication. Contact Jesse at (414) 288-4984 or