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. To learn more, click here. For a list of Xavier participants, click here.


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. To Read more about AFMIX, click here.

AFMIX is supported by a generous gift
from Phil '68 and Beth '74 Gasiewicz.


Deepening Our Mission and Identity at Xavier (Deep MIX) is 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 of the program is to provide a "next level" reflection on how we live out Xavier's six core values in our work.

Loyola Lunch Seminars

All faculty and staff are invited to attend these weekly seminars on various topics related to Xavier's mission, Jesuit education, and Ignatian spirituality. Bring your lunch and join us each Thursday from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the Center for Mission and Identity. For the current schedule, click here.

Manresa for Faculty and Staff

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 about Manresa, click here

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 for faculty. 


Conversations Hour

The Xavier community gathers once a semester to consider contemporary themes in Jesuit education from the current issue of Conversations, the national journal on Jesuit higher education. To see recent and current topics, click here.


Taking Time to Reflect

Offering veteran faculty the opportunity to think deeply on their professional activities and work-life experiences within an Ignatian context.

For program details, click here. For a list of Xavier participants from previous similar programs, click here.

Special Events

Spirit Celebration

Held in early fall for the entire campus community, this annual mass and lunch celebrates the beginning of the new academic year. For more information on the Fall 2018 celebration, click here.

Celebration of Excellence

An event held every April offering a Presidential recognition of participants in the Center's major educational programs. For more information click here.

Special Events/Masses

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.

Discernment Groups

Through communal discernment, education, immersion and spirituality, groups consider ways to deepen the Jesuit identity across the 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. For a list of participants, click here.

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. To see their Report to the President as well as a video about their immersion experience, click here.

Mission Animators

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.

Immigration and Refugees 2016-17 
Grant Application
Economic Justice 2017-18
Grant Application
Women, 2019
Grant Application 

Educating For Justice

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 more details, click here.

Understanding Our Heritage,
Living the Mission

This series 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.

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.

Supporting the President's Leadership Team

 See the topics for each of the gatherings of the President's senior leaders. 

Specialty Seminars and
Speaking Engagements

A variety of mission-related seminars are offered periodically, for instance, Xavier as a Community Engages University (2013), Sustainability and the Mission (2012), the Jesuit Commons (2011), and EntreLeadership Mastery and Moxie (2017).

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.

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.

Hot Topics in Women's Leadership: A Campus Conversation

National and Regional Mission Programs

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.
To see a list of Xavier Delegates, click here.

Ignatian Colleagues Program

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.

To see list of Xavier participants and their capstone projects, click here.

Lilly Fellow's Administrators' Workshop

In conjunction with the National Conference, the Workshop is for senior administrators from each member university or college of the Network of Christian universities.

Lilly Fellow's National Conference

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.

 AJCU/Heartland-Delta Faculty Conversations Conference

Each February, this gathering addresses themes relevant to faculty in Jesuit higher education.
To see a list of Xavier delegates, click here.
For information on conferences hosted at Xavier:
2014 Celebrating 200 Years of Restoration
2018 Enhancing Jesuit Education Through Multicultural, Feminist and Ignatian Pedagogies

Heartland-Delta Triennial Conference

Delegates from the 12 AJCU Heartland-Delta institutions assemble every 3-5 years to critically examine issues in Jesuit education. The most recent was held at Xavier University in May 2010, click here.

The next Conference is scheduled for May 28 2015; see details here.

Ignatian Pilgrimage

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 Ignatian Pilgrimage, click here.

To see participants from Xavier, click here.

National Magis Retreat

A week-long Ignatian retreat for faculty to reflect upon Ignatian spirituality within their personal and professional lives. To see the list of participants from Xavier, click here.

AJCU Justice in Jesuit Higher Education Conference 

The AJCU Justice in Jesuit Higher Education Conference is held every 4 years to coordinate, convene, communicate and connect persons and institutions devoted to justice in Jesuit Higher Education.

2017 – Aug 10-13, 2017; Seattle University  

‘Through the Eye of the Needle: Commitment to Justice in Higher Education’