Mission and Identity Programs
Manresa for New Faculty and Staff
The term "Manresa" refers to the orientation programs specially designed to acquaint new faculty and staff with Xavier's Jesuit heritage and educational tradition. It has been offered in three formats in the Fall semester:
- Manresa Overnight – at a local retreat center
- Manresa on Campus - a three-part luncheon series
Manresa Remote – a video conferencing series, sessions 1, 2, 3
Manresa III zoom meeting
For information on this year’s Manresa, see Manresa for New Faculty and Staff program information
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 learning environments inside and outside the classroom. Readings, lectures, and reflection are enhanced by weekly group discussions.
AFMIX is supported by a generous gift from Phil '68 and Beth '74 Gasiewicz.
Ignatian Mentoring Program
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.
The Center for Mission and Identity hosts a Bible Study during Advent and Lent for staff and faculty. Joe Shadle leads this brown bag lunch program for Bible study beginners and avid readers alike. Feel free to bring your Bible (or borrow one of ours).
Periodically the Center offers a day of retreat:
- 2019: The Principle and Foundation: The first consideration of the Spiritual Exercises by St. Ignatius
- 2018: Mission Living
- 2017: What Does it Mean to be a Mission Driven Institution?
- 2016: Our Way of Proceeding
- 2015: Ignatius Was Not Always a Jesuit
- 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
The Center for Mission and Identity actively supports the work of other people and offices in animating the Jesuit tradition. See a list of semester events open to the campus and regional community.
2020: Racial Healing
Take It On 2020
Annual Pope Francis Presentation
Elected the 266th Pope on March 13, 2013, Pope Francis is annually honored at Xavier with a community presentation on a theme relevant to his papacy.
Present and Previous Presentations
8th Whole Earth Living: Reconnecting Earth, History, Body and Mind, 2021 Dr Kathleen Smythe
7th How We Build the Culture of Encounter, 2020, Dr. Marcus Mescher
6th Womens' Leadership, 2019, Dr. Debra Mooney
5th Reflections on the Pope, 2018, Fr. Dan Hartnett SJ
4th An Ignatian Discussion on Immigration 2017, Dr. Christine Anderson
3rd The 'Culture of Encounter' at Xavier, 2016, Drs. Crable, Ariyachandra & Zascavage
2nd His Commitment to the Environment, 2015, Dan Misleh '82
1st The Jesuit and Franciscan Legacy, 2014, Drs. Gillian Algren & Chris Pramuk
In Fall 2017 we were pleased to offer a brief, engaging, in-depth program for faculty and staff who have completed a major professional development program in Xavier's Jesuit mission and identity: AFMIX, the Ignatian Colleagues Program, or the AJCU Summer Leadership Seminar. The goal is to provide a "next level" reflection on how we live out Xavier's six core values in our work.
Supporting the President's Leadership Team
Through communal discernment, education, immersion and spirituality, groups consider ways to deepen the Jesuit identity across the campus.
Discernment Group IV - as part of the strategic plan a group of 24 across the University have drafted ways to deepen the Universal Apostolic Preferences on campus.
Discernment Group III was charged by President Graham in Spring 2010 and serves as an advisory board to the Conway Institute for Jesuit Education.
Discernment Group II 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.
Women's Ignatian Leadership Salon
Strengthening capacities and confidence of women leaders through personal reflection, small group conversation, and peer support. Participant groups have included: Xavier faculty and staff and graduate students, local entrepreneurs, mission officers of the AJCU, and administrators of the Upper Midwest Province (read the Jesuit News Brief). See the companion Salon booklet, Mastery and Moxie in 31 Days: A Guide and Journal for Career Women .
The Spiritual Exercises / Direction
Opportunity is available to engage in Ignatius Loyola’s Spiritual Exercise and guidance.
Contact Brother Darrell Burns SJ for information.
Wisdom and Integration through the Spiritual Exercises (WISE), a year-long group experience of Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises, is offered periodically for faculty. For more information, click below:
At the beginning of each new academic year, the Xavier community gathers for this annual Mass and campus-wide celebration. For more information, Spirit Celebration program information.
Celebration of Excellence
An event held every April offering a Presidential recognition of participants in the Center's major educational programs. For more information
Specialty Seminars and Speaking Engagements
A variety of mission-related seminars are offered periodically, for instance,
1) EntreLeadership Mastery and Moxie (2017), Xavier as a Community Engages University (2013), Sustainability and the Mission (2012), and the Jesuit Commons (2011).
2) Understanding Our Heritage, Living the Mission provides a brief overview about Jesuit heritage and education. Each section includes a two-minute video, selected readings and reflection questions. It is useful for helping to orient Xavier staff and students, faculty, and Board of Trustees members.
3) Mission Mentoring Program for Senior Administration: Affirming excellence in teaching scholarship and mission consciousness.
4) 2020 UAP Mission Seminar for Campus Leaders
In addition, the Center's staff provide mission-related presentations as requested. Such presentations can help divisions, departments, or student groups better understand and reflect upon Xavier's mission.