News from Xavier University"s Center for Mission and Identity

January 31, 2011

Ignatian Retreat News
Debora Del Valle, director of public relations, and Dana Tindall, associate director for learning environments, completed Xavier’s 2nd cohort of the national Ignatian Colleagues Program, a mission-focused leadership program. As part of the 18-month Program, participants engage in on-line learning and discussion, Ignatian spirituality, cultural immersion and a capstone project. At the closing retreat, in Palm Beach FL from January 4-7, they presented their capstone projects. See their capstone projects:
Del Valle – Sometimes We Say Funny Words
Tindall - Connecting Campus Students with the Immersion Experience
Other Xavier faculty and administrators involved the ICP include Elaine Crable and Mark Meyers of cohort I and Dan Schloemer and Annette Marksberry in cohort III.
Debra Mooney, Assistant to the President for Mission and Identity, served as a retreat facilitator along with other CMO’s and Presidents within the AJCU.

Chief Mission Officers Debra Mooney (Xavier) and Tom Reynolds (Regis) presented on “Ignatian Communal Discernment” at a retreat of the Ignatian Colleagues Program in Palm Beach, FL on January 6. The presentation highlighted the workings of Xavier’s three Discernment Groups -the only active and intentional use of the communal mode of decision-making among faculty and staff in the AJCU.

Discernment News
Members of Xavier’s Discernment Group II, comprised of associate vice presidents and associate deans’, began a group experience of the Spiritual Exercises facilitated by the new Superior of the Xavier Jesuit Community, Bill Verbryke SJ. This experience, along with in-depth education on Jesuit identity, an immersion experience, and retreats will inform the administrators as they advance Xavier president Michael J. Graham’s Vision 2010-2015.

Loyola Program for Support Staff
Nineteen staff members are participating in Mission and Identity’s 2011 Loyola Program which is focusing on “Understanding our Heritage/Living the Mission”. Weekly topics, outlined in the e-seminar and addressed in group format, include The Life of Ignatius Loyola, Ignatian Spirituality, Jesuit Core Values, Jesuit Education, The Jesuit Tradition in Today's World, and The History of Xavier University. This e-seminar was spotlighted in November in a national e-newsletter of the Society of Jesus in the United States (the Jesuit Conference).