The Center for Mission and Identity’s JesuitResource.org site has doubled traffic in two years, from 47,519 hits in 2009 to 105,794 in 2011 as measured in page views. This increase is likely the result of a redesigned website, the addition of social networking and new resources, a growing e-newsletter subscriber base (19,434 subscribers) and continually updated content. Frequently visited pages, in addition to the home page and navigation pages, include a multi-faith calendar, How I Live the Mission videos, Jesuit identity information for prospective faculty and staff, a quote archive, and Teaching to the Mission. The newest addition is a collection of 60+ brief biographies of famous and not-so-famous Jesuits.
Holly Schapker’s Ignatian-themed art collection, ADSUM: Contemporary Paintings on Ignatian Spirituality is on permanent display in the Center for Mission and Identity and the Fenwick Conference Room. The Cincinnati artist is a 1992 graduate of Xavier.
Drs. Margo Heydt (Social Work) and Sarah Melcher (Theology) have a chapter, “Mary, the hidden catalyst: Reflections from an Ignatian Pilgrimage to Spain and Rome” in the newly-published book, Jesuit & Feminist Education: Intersections in Teaching and Learning for the Twenty-first Century.
Jean Lim (Theology) authored the cover story “Mending a Global Church: A New Home for Chinese Catholics” in the Nov. 28, 2011 issue of America Magazine: The National Catholic Weekly.
A blessing of the Center for Mission & Identity’s Conway Library will be offered by Fr. Bill Verbryke, S.J. during the Jesuit Identity Committee on Feb 17. Members of the Conway Foundation and alumna/artist Holly Schapker also will be present.
Xavier University’s Center for Mission and Identity allows for learning more about Xavier's mission and rich history. As Jesuit schools have educated society's leaders for over 450 years, Xavier's Jesuit, Catholic tradition of academic excellence inspires students to think and communicate effectively, to foster a love of lifelong learning, to serve others, and to find God in all things. It helps faculty incorporate the principles of Ignatian pedagogy and values into their work both inside and outside the classroom through a variety of programs offered on campus and throughout the AJCU consortium. The Ruth J. and Robert A. Conway Institute for Jesuit Education at Xavier University is a center of distinction, assisting educators in transforming students intellectually, morally, and spiritually in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition, while appropriating Ignatian pedagogy and spirituality in today's world. The Institute reaches beyond the Xavier campus with pedagogical innovations communicated locally, nationally, and internationally. http://www.xavier.edu/mission-identity/conway-institute/