Mission Week 2011

Learning is an act of imagination, and it is in stretching our imaginations that we extend ourselves toward God. Therefore, we invite you to explore your religious imagination and experience how music, art, poetry, scholarship and reflection contribute to the ways you imagine God and the world around you.

Mission Week

Each February, the Marquette community pauses to reflect on our university's Catholic, Jesuit mission. Mission Week is the time set aside to recall our larger purpose and the Ignatian heritage and spirituality that guide us throughout the year.

Sunday, February 6

Mission Week Mass
4 p.m. Church of the Gesu


Monday, February 7

Presentation on the Creation of the Saint John's Bible
featuring Rev. Eric Holas, O.S.B. and Dr. Susan Wood, SCL
11:30 a.m. AMU, Ballroom A and B.

Book Discussion on Tracy Kidder's book
Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World

Noon, Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality, Schroeder Complex, Room 111

Catholic Intellectual Tradition Lecture: Naming God: Event, Form, Fragment
featuring Dr. David Tracy, S.T.D., S.T.L.
Lecture will be accompanied by live visual note taking, which will be on display following the event.
7 p.m. AMU, Monaghan Ballroom

Windows to the Soul: Meditative Prayer with the Illuminated Bible
7 p.m. AMU, Chapel of the Holy Family


Tuesday, February 8

Finding Common Ground: Imagining Another Spiritual Path
featuring Margaret Coel, Jour '68
Noon Johnston Hall, Room 104.

Storytelling and Imagination: Performance and Narrative
featuring Thirza Defoe
2 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:30 p.m. Johnston Hall, Room 103

Collage Concert of Marquette Musical Groups
4 p.m. AMU, Monaghan Ballroom


Wednesday, February 9

Soup with Substance
One Church under God: Imagining Christian Unity Amidst National Division

featuring Dr. Braden P. Anderson
Noon AMU, Henke Lounge

President's State of the University Address
3 p.m. AMU, Monaghan Ballroom

Women's Prayer and Poetry Coffeehouse
4:15 p.m. AMU, Henke Lounge


Thursday, February 10

Connecting our Spirit, Celebrating our Song Drum Circle
11 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m.
AMU, Marquette Place

Drums, Dance and Song
Jahmés Tony Finlayson, an accomplished musician, performing artist, storyteller, composer and workshop facilitator, will be performing with dancers, musicians and singers from Marquette University and the Milwaukee community. See poster for more details
3:40 p.m.
Varsity Theatre

Keynote Address: Imagine a More Just World: Partnering with the Poor

Paul Farmer

featuring Dr. Paul Farmer
4 p.m. Varsity Theatre

Dr. Farmer will participate in a panel discussion immediately following his address joined by Dr. M. Therese Lysaught, associate professor and assistant chair of the Department of Theology, Dr. Margaret Callahan, dean of the College of Nursing and Dr. William Cullinan, dean of the College of Health Sciences.


Friday, February 11

Finding a Vocation in a Vocation
featuring Father Don Doll, S.J.
9 a.m., Johnston Hall, Room 104
Refreshments will be provided.

One Thing Led to Another
Faculty and graduate students will share their intriguing research journeys over a light lunch.
Noon, Beaumier Suites, Raynor Memorial Libraries


Ongoing events

The Saint John's Bible — AMU Rotunda, Second Floor
Marquette's four volumes of the Saint John's Bible Heritage Edition will be on display throughout the week. After Mission Week, they will be housed in the Raynor Memorial Libraries.

Imagining Random Acts of Art and Culture
Watch for suprise performances and events around campus throughout the week designed to spark your imagination and inspire you to look for ways to suprise others with your creative care.

Sacred and Spiritual Writings from the Rare Book Collection
Exhibit includes many pieces, including a 1483 gold-illumniated Bible by printer and goldsmith Anton Koberger. In celebration of Mission Week, the book collection will be on display on the second floor of Raynor Memorial Libraries, near the staircase, during all library hours.

Future events

The Laramie Project February 24-27, March 2-6, Helfaer Theatre
by Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project
For ticket information, visit theatretickets.marquette.edu.

Related links

The St. John's Bible

Dr. Paul Farmer

Additional information on Mission Week and the mission of Marquette University

Click Mission Week archives to see previous Mission Weeks.

Jesus stained glass

Marquette's Mission

Dedicated to serving God by serving our students, faculty, and staff, Marquette University contributes to the advancement of knowledge by searching for truth, discovering and sharing knowledge, fostering personal and professional excellence, promoting a life of faith, and developing service leadership in others.

At Marquette, we believe the pursuit of excellence is a lifelong endeavor and education needs to encompass the whole person, through formation of the mind and heart. We are committed to the unfettered pursuit of truth under the mutually illuminating powers of human intelligence and Christian faith. All members of the Marquette community, from every faith tradition, give concrete expression to these beliefs by giving of themselves in service to those in need.

Click here for the full Mission Statement