Mission and Identity Programs at Xavier
The next Cohort of AFMIX begins Fall 2013.
Assuring the Future Mission and Identity of Xavier (AFMIX) is a two-year educational process offering a comprehensive understanding of the Ignatian vision and how it can permeate the classroom and other learning environments. Readings, lectures, and reflection are enhanced by weekly group discussions. Read more about AFMIX.
- March 2013: "Eloquentia Perfecta: Writing and Speaking Well"
- March 2012: "Work/Life Balance"
- October 2011: "Re-creating Jesuit Higher Education: Connecting with Students"
- February 2011: "Conversations on the Core"
- February 2010: "Reaching the Millennial Soul"
- October 2009: "Can Professional Education Be A Jesuit Education?"
- 2012: The Psalms: A Pathway to Prayer
- 2011: Ignatian Retreat:: A Walk with Mark
- 2010: Simple Prayer for Complex Living
- 2009: Ignatian Spirituality: It’s Not Just for Jesuits Anymore
- 2004: Tending Our Gardens
- 2004: Finding God in All Things
For a list of AFMIX participants, click here.
AFMIX is supported by a generous gift from Phil and Beth Gasiewicz.
The Xavier community gathers in this Hour to consider the theme of the current issue of Conversations, the national journal on Jesuit higher education.
In support of Fr. Graham's "Vision 2010-2015," the Center for Mission and Identity hosts a service day for faculty and staff volunteers.
As part of Xavier's partnership with the United Way, Xavier's Spring Service Day for faculty and staff was held on Thursday, May 20, 2010 at United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cincinnati. More than 45 Xavier volunteers met at 8:30 a.m. for an overview of the day and then traveled to the UCPGC to help their staff do some landscaping and throw a garden party. An opportunity for reflection and lunch were provided back on campus after the morning of service.
Through communal discernment, education, immersion and spirituality, groups consider ways to deepen the Jesuit identity across the campus.
Discernment Group II (currently meeting) was charged by President Graham in Spring 2010 and is a council of associate vice presidents and associate deans working to deepen the Jesuit identity within the campus culture.
Discernment Group I (2007-2009). Xavier's first Discernment Group, comprised of 14 faculty and administrators, were charged by President Michael Graham, S.J. to outline a plan for the future of the Division of Mission & Identity. Click here to see their Report to the President as well as a video about their immersion experience.
A day of retreat during the Fall Break.
The Loyola Program provides an opportunity for hourly staff to meet and discuss mission-driven and professional/personal development topics. For current and past topics, click here.
The term "Manresa" refers to the orientation programs specially designed to acquaint new personnel with Xavier's Jesuit heritage. It is offered in two formats each fall semester: Manresa Away at Milford, an overnight, and Manresa on Campus, a three-part luncheon series.
For more information of Manresa, please click here.
Celebration of Excellence
An event held every April offering a Presidential recognition of participants in the Center’s major educational programs.
Held in early fall for the entire campus community, this annual mass and lunch celebrates the beginning of the new academic year. Click here for information on the Fall 2012 celebration.
The Center assists the President’s Office and Special Events in coordinating various mission-oriented events, such as the Advent Blessing, Baccalaureate Mass, and Family Weekend.
A variety of mission-related seminars are offered periodically, for instance, the Jesuit Commons (2011), Lenten Bible Study (2011), Understanding World Religions (2007), an Administrators Discussion Group (2006).
Through a personal experience of Ignatian spirituality and group discussions, participants become prepared to utilize Ignatian mentoring and facilitation skills.
The Center offers an opportunity to experience "God in all things," through a systematic form of prayer and reflection based on the Spiritual Exercises. Contact Br. Darrell Burns, SJ (email@example.com) for details.
For past participants, click here.
This series provides a brief overview about Jesuit heritage and education. Each section includes a two-minute video, selected readings and reflection questions. We hope that you will find it useful for orienting faculty, staff, and students.
For Xavier faculty, staff, and students, click here.
For Xavier Board of Trustees members,click here.
In conjunction with both regional and national consortiums, the Center for Mission and Identity facilitates participation in the following programs for Xavier faculty, staff, and administrators.
AJCU Seminar on Leadership in Higher Education
With the support of the presidents of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities, the AJCU offers a program designed to address the many issues facing current academic and administrative leaders and the developing leaders who will guide Jesuit institutions deep into the 21st century.
For a list of past participants, click here.
Collegium is a joint effort by 65 Catholic colleges and universities to recruit and develop faculty who can articulate and enrich the spiritual and intellectual life of their institutions. Collegium sponsors annual, week-long summer colloquies for faculty from its member institutions from universities throughout the United States and Canada. The colloquies provide a collegial environment in which participants from diverse backgrounds, faiths, and disciplines can discuss the sources and implications of a Christian academic vocation.
See a list of Xavier Delegates.
Each February, this gathering addresses themes relevant to faculty in Jesuit higher education.
See a list of Xavier Delegates.
Delegates from the 12 AJCU Heartland-Delta institutions assemble every three or four years to critically examine issues in Jesuit education. The most recent was held at Xavier University in May 2010, see here.
The next Conference is scheduled for 2014.
The Heartland Delta Consortium's Ignatian Colleagues Program (ICP) is designed for academic administrators who are capable of and committed to assuming leadership within the Ignatian spiritual and educational heritage and who will sustain their school's Jesuit, Catholic character into the future. The Program consists of cohort gatherings, online learning opportunities, an Ignatian retreat, an international immersion experience, and a capstone project.
See list of Xavier participants and their capstone projects.
Find out more about the ICP from the participants.
Coordinated through Holy Cross University, this 10-day trip to Spain and Rome follows in the footsteps of Ignatius Loyola.
For more information on the Ignation Pilgrimage, click here.
See participants from Xavier here.
Representatives from the Network colleges and universities meet to consider a significant issue of faith and learning, exchange ideas and practices regarding their mission, and foster the whole range of Network programs and activities.
In conjunction with the National Conference, the Workshop is for senior administrators from each member university or college of the Network of Christian universities.
A week-long Ignatian retreat for faculty to reflect upon Ignatian spirituality within their personal and professional lives. See the list of participants from Xavier here.
The following programs are offered for faculty through the Conway Institute for Jesuit Education.
The Xavier Mission Academy is funded in part by a grant received from the Lilly Fellows Program by the Center for Mission and Identity/Conway Institute for Jesuit Education to support the integration of Xavier’s Jesuit Catholic Mission through a Xavier Mission Academy. For details, click here.
A gift from Dr. Robert McDonald, '55, supports faculty in integrating service and the promotion of social justice into the curriculum through direct student contact with the marginalized. For details see here.
The Ignatian Mentoring Program for Faculty
With a 2004 grant from the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts and subsequently endowed by the XU Jesuit Community, the Program fosters a profound understanding of Jesuit education and Ignatian pedagogy through guidance by senior faculty. The learning outcomes are clearly evident within the classroom setting and showcased, by discipline, in Teaching to the Mission.
For a list of Xavier participants, click here.
Supported by a 2009 grant from the Lilly Fellows Program in the Humanities and Arts, Taking Time to Think: Ignatian Principles at Work builds upon the success of the Ignatian Mentoring Program. Faculty in their 5th – 8th year are invited to reflect upon their teaching, scholarship, and personal lives, in both pairs and large group formats, as they move into the next phase of their vocation. For details, see here.
For a list of Xavier participants, click here.