To help new University employees continue to understand the importance of the Jesuit tradition and the legacy that others before them have established, Debra Mooney, associate director of Ignatian programs, recently created a new book: Do You Walk Ignatian?
The book is a complement to the previously published book by George Traub. S.J., Do You Speak Ignatian? A Glossary of Terms Used in Ignatian and Jesuit Circles, that new employees have received for the last several years. The books are designed to help them understand and articulate the Universitys emphasis on serving others and seeing God in all things, which was the philosophy of Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order.
The new publication is a compilation of Jesuit values expressed in the Universitys staff and administration. Centered on Ignatian themes, the publication offers personal narratives and inspirational quotes contributed by University employees who are not part of the mission and ministry organization, but are located throughout the University.
I wanted to do something that was unexpected, says Mooney, who was a psychologist in the McGrath Health and Counseling Center before taking over as head of the Ignatian programs at the start of the academic year. People find the themes honorable but dismiss a personal promotion of the themes. This book shows that everybody who works at Xavier is able to promote the themes and is already doing it.
The publication is handed out as part of the new employee Manresa sessions, a three-part orientation program designed to help new employees transition into life at Xavier and to introduce them to the Ignatian mission and values of the University.
After working on the book for more than a year, Mooney says it not only helped her and others see how they were already living an Ignatian lifestyle but to also see where they have the opportunity to do more.
It has helped to establish a connection, community and unity in the workplace, says Mooney. It has been personally relevant to so many people and rewarding with our theme to incorporate the Ignatian philosophy into the classroom through faculty and staff.