Dear Marquette community,
This week I was reminded of the old saying, “If you want to give God a good laugh, tell Him your plans.” Since we started the school year, there has been so much positive energy and excitement on campus. Being back together in community, it was my plan to go to as many campus events as physically possible and find ways to interact with each of you. To my surprise, these were not God’s plans for me right now.
As we commemorate the 500-year anniversary of St. Ignatius’ cannonball moment, I wanted to let you know that I have recently had my own life-changing experience. On Tuesday afternoon, I was diagnosed with sarcoma, which is a rare form of cancer. I have already begun working with a team of oncologists on a treatment plan and will start chemotherapy next week. You will still see me around campus as my doctors are confident that I will be able to continue in my role as president, exercise and undertake many of my normal activities through treatment.
As I embark on this journey, there are several things that give me hope and a positive outlook. First, I am a person of deep faith, and I know that God’s glory can manifest through suffering and difficult times. Second, other than the cancer, I am presently healthy, strong and ready to fearlessly take on this fight. Finally, I believe in the power of prayer and know that anything is possible with God.
I still plan to find ways to interact with each of you in the months and years ahead. Until our paths cross, please keep me and my family in your thoughts and prayers. Know how much I love Marquette and how grateful I am to have each of you as part of our community.
MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY STATEMENT
President Lovell has often said how our Marquette community is like a family. In challenging moments, families come together to support those we care about. In this moment, we put our faith in God and the care that President Lovell will receive from his medical team as he continues to lead Marquette forward with his characteristic optimism and innovative spirit.
“On behalf of the entire Marquette community, we send our prayers to Mike and Amy Lovell and their family. The Board of Trustees looks forward to continuing to support Mike and the Marquette leadership team on our journey to develop men and women for others,” added Bob Eck, chair of the Marquette Board of Trustees.