Mission and Identity Programs


Deepening Our Mission and Identity at Xavier

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. 

The program will be held at the Center for Mission and Identity on Thursdays, Oct. 12 thru Nov. 16 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.  We ask that participants commit to participating in all six sessions as best they can. 

Weekly Sessions:

Week 1: October 12 - Reflection: Re-Examining the Examen and My Work

Reflecting together on how we are living the 6 Xavier values and writing an examen for ourselves) 

Optional (but encouraged) Prep: Articles/Resources on the Daily Examen

Laura Ruwe, Internal Operations:

Matt Jones, Residence Life:

Rosemary Quaranta, Montessori:

Week 2: October 19 - More Deeply Discerning Discernment

What is at the heart of Ignatian discernment? How can we use it practically in our work?

Optional (but encouraged) prep: Leadership in the Ignatian Tradition: Personal and Communal Discernment

Joe Shadle, Mission and Identity:

Debra Mooney, Mission and Identity:

Connie Perme, Human Resources:

Week 3: October 26 - Magis: What is a 5th common characteristic of Ex Corde Ecclesiae?

What is the "more" of a Catholic university today?

Optional (but encouraged) prep: What Magis Really Means and Why it Matters 

Joe Shadle, Mission and Identity

Linda Schoenstedt, Sports Studies/Mission and Identity

Debra Mooney, Mission and Identity

Week 4: November 2 - Solidarity and Kinship

Seeking Integration and Wisdom  - Exploring the Culture of Encounter at Xavier

Optional (but encouraged) prep: Xavier's Seeking Integration and Wisdom document

  • Cassandra Jones, Disability Services
  • Stephen Yandell, English

Week 5: November 9 - Service Rooted in Justice and Love

What does "service" look like?

Optional (but encouraged) prep:

Week 6: November 16 - Reawakening Cura Personalis within Us  

Optional (but encouraged) prep: Cura Personalis: Some Ignatian Inspirations

  • Fr. Al Bischoff, SJ
  • Sr. Rose Ann Fleming, SNDdeN

Opening:  Begin with a brief Daily Examen / Reflection based on the value (5 minutes)
Brief Content: Brief review of the basics of the Ignatian value (ie: principles of discernment) (15 min)
Personal Story: Speaker offers personal story to spark others’ imagination about integrating the value (10 min)
Application: Exercise to help participants imagine new ways to integrate that value into their work/life (20 min)
Large Group Discussion and Wrap-up: Key insights from today's session?  Announcements & Wrap-up (10 min)