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.

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.   /p>

AFMIX program information
AFMIX participants

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. 

Ignatian Mentoring Program program information
Ignatian Mentoring Program participants

Bible Study 

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).

Bible Study  program information

Ignatian Retreats

Periodically the Center offers a day of retreat:

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.






2020: Racial Healing
Grant Application

Take It On 2020
Grant Application

2019: Women
Grant Application 

2017-18: Economic Justice 

2016-17: Immigration and Refugees

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. 

DeepMIX program information
DeepMIX participants

Supporting the President's Leadership Team 

See the topics for each of the gatherings of President Hanycz senior leaders.
See the topics for each of the gatherings of President Graham senior leaders.

Discernment Groups

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 Fr. Jim McCann, S.J. 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:


WISE - past years

Special Events

Spirit Celebration

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 

Celebration of Excellence program information

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.

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.

National and Regional Mission Programs