‘Ignatian Fridays’ Get People Talking About Jesuit Identity

Friday, September 23, 2011

The Office of Mission and Identity has launched a new University-wide forum for the Saint Joseph’s community to gather together for conversations about SJU’s Catholic and Jesuit identity. “Ignatian Fridays” will begin in the Merion Hall Atrium (second floor) on Friday, Sept. 30, from 4-6 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

“We have envisioned Ignatian Fridays as a monthly forum that we hope will engage our community in lively discussions about what it means to live out our Jesuit mission,” says E. Springs Steele, Ph.D., vice president for Mission and Identity. “I hope the Ignatian Fridays’ hallmark will be their relaxed and collegial atmosphere, where we get to know each other better, learn more about the University’s mission-related programs, and come to a greater understanding of the rich tradition we inherited from St. Ignatius and the early companions.”

Steele adds that each forum will have a theme, with a brief presentation followed by discussion. This month’s topic is an open dialogue titled Service Learning and Ignatian Pedagogy, which will be presented by Ann Marie Jursca-Keffer, M.S.W., assistant director of the Faith-Justice Institute, Elizabeth Linehan, R.S.M., associate professor of philosophy, and George Sillup, Ph.D., chair and associate professor of pharmaceutical marketing.

For more information, contact Marge Ryan-Atkinson in the Office of Mission and Identity at mryantak@sju.edu or 610-660-3290.

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