Week-long Series of Events Celebrate University's Mission

The Grotto of Saint Joseph will be dedicated and blessed on March 19

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Saint Joseph’s University’s third annual Mission Week, scheduled March 19-25, brings the University community together to celebrate the many ways its mission is alive on campus — and in the world beyond Hawk Hill. Events are scheduled every day of Mission Week, which begin with a Mass on the Feast of St. Joseph, the patron saint of the University, on Sunday, March 19 at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of St. Joseph-Michael J. Smith, S.J., Memorial. The dedication and blessing of the Grotto of Saint Joseph, a new installation that is located at the exterior of the chapel facing City Avenue, will follow immediately after the Mass.

Mission Week is planned and run by a dedicated committee of 38 Saint Joseph’s students, faculty and staff who seek to involve the entire campus community in the celebration. SJU’s mission statement, which was revised and released in February 2014, is the result of a yearlong writing and discernment process in the Ignatian tradition. The Mission Week Committee encourages students, faculty, staff and alumni to engage with the mission statement and its relevance in their lives in classes, staff meetings and student groups. A facilitator’s guide, featuring videos, podcasts and articles, is available for leaders across campus to access.

Kim Allen-Stuck, Ph.D., assistant vice president of student success and educational support and chair of the Mission Week committee notes that “Mission Week is an opportunity to celebrate this wonderful institution by offering multiple ways for students, faculty, staff and administrators to experience the core elements of Saint Joseph’s mission: seeking social justice, fostering a diverse and inclusive community and engaged citizenship, and finding God in all things.”

In addition to the dedication and blessing of the grotto, highlights of the week include:

  • Monday, March 20 at 5 p.m., screening of Martin Scorcese's film, "Silence," the story of 17th-century Jesuit missionaries in Japan, in the Forum Theatre. The screening is followed by a panel discussion featuring Daniel Joyce, S.J., executive director of Mission Programs, Kazuya Fukuoka, Ph.D., associate professor of political science and directof of the international relations program, and James Carter, Ph.D., chair and professor of history and director of the Asian studies program.
  • Tuesday, March 21 at 9 a.m., Faculty Learning Community,  a breakfast discussion of Dr. Tania Mitchell's article, "Traditional vs. Critical Service Learning," in the Wachterhauser Seminar Room.
  • Wednesday, March 22 at 11:45 a.m., Examen Wednesday, an opportunity for the University community to engage in Ignatian spirituality by participating in a guided Examen, locations to be announced.
  • Thursday, March 23 throughout the day, Mission Teach-In, held in the Cardinal John P. Foley Campus Center, is an opportunity to visit classes led by SJU faculty on topics including: Social Problems and Social Justice — A Service- learning Perspective (Raquel Kennedy Bergen, Ph.D., professor of sociology); Social Justice Game Design strategies (Steven Hammer, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication studies); Using Surveys to Identify the Most Impoverished Bolivian Students (Kathleen Campbell Garwood, Ph.D., assistant professor of business intelligence & analytics); Catholic Teaching on Race, Systems of Privilege and Solidarity (Daniel Joyce, S.J., executive director of mission programs); Deconstructing Employee Motivation – Do Incentives Really Work? (Michael Alleruzzo, visiting professor of management).
  • Friday, March 24, 9:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. & 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., service shifts at Cradles to Crayons. Busses to the site will leave and return yo campus from the Cardinal Avenue Lot.
  • Saturday, March 25, 12-4 p.m., SJU Summit: Leadership in Action, in Campion Student Center, is an event featuring alumni, faculty and experts in the field speaking on how people can integrate servant leadership into both their personal and professional lives. Students are also encouraged to attend. Registration requested.

More information about events and related activities, including a collection drive for Cradles to Crayons, is available on the Mission Week website.

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