Mission and Identity Conference

East Coast Rep:
E. Springs Steele, Saint Joseph's University
(610) 660-1027
esteele@sju.edu
Midwest Rep:
Kathy Coffey-Guenther, Marquette University
(414) 288-6672
kathleen.coffey-guenther@marquette.edu
West Coast Rep:
Joe Orlando, Seattle University
(206) 296-5917
jorlando@seattleu.edu

Boston College will host the next AJCU Mission and Identity Conference from November 4-6, 2015. Click here for information on the Fall 2014 conference at Seattle University from October 29-31.



The AJCU Mission and Identity Conference is composed of those responsible for advancing the Jesuit mission and identity of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. There is no standard university structure for Mission and Identity and some of the participants are Vice Presidents, some special assistants to the President, and some directors of divisions. The conference has three regional leaders selected for rotating three year terms. The regional leaders plan the annual conference. The conference maintains a listserv, which is used by members to gather information on mission practices in the schools.
 
The conference meeting generally features a keynote address by a local expert on a mission area: vocation, formation of colleagues, board development, faith and justice, being Jesuit in new ways,and spirituality. Each meeting includes sessions which encourage the participants to share their best practices. During the conference meeting, the regional groups generally meet to plan Western conversations, the Heartland conferences and other regional gatherings. For more information on the members and activity of the AJCU Mission & Identity conference, please click here.



Quote of the week

"One of the key phrases capturing the charism of Ignatian spirituality is “to love and serve in all things.” Here lies the key to Jesuit higher education in the 21st century. For a Jesuit university should ask more of its students by challenging them to make Ignatius’ charge—his notion of service—their own."
Rev. Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., President, University of Scranton


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