‘Mission Week 2023: Act With Kindness’ schedule of events

Mission Week’s four-year “Open to…” series has made way for a new series, “Act with…,” which asks the Marquette community to shift its focus during Mission Week from reflection to outward behaviors.

Mission Week 2023 will be celebrated on campus from Feb. 5 through 11, following the theme of “Act with Kindness.” The theme reminds us that, “In every waking moment and with every interaction, we have the opportunity to act with kindness.”

For more information, visit the Mission Week website.

Schedule of events

Sunday, Feb. 5

6 p.m. — Mission Week Mass at the Church of the Gesu: Open a week of kindness with Rev. Jim Voiss, S.J., vice president for mission and ministry, and Marquette University students during a celebration Mass.

  • After Mass, join for a social and reception along with a guided discussion on intentional acts of kindness with Rev. James Pribek, S.J., assistant vice president for mission and ministry.

Monday, Feb. 6

Noon — Annual Women’s Luncheon with guest Sara Dahmen

Sara Dahmen, Comm ’05 is a coppersmith, award-winning author and novelist, and entrepreneur. Her expertise is vintage and modern cookware; she manufactures pure metal kitchenware in her Wisconsin garage for her company, House Copper & Cookware. All of her current designs are based on American traditions and wares and are sourced in the U.S. When unable to re-create traditional elements, she uses only small family owned and operated makers or armed forces veterans to help with the production of her cookware pieces. Her work includes refurbishing and restoring old and damaged copper using vintage tools.

Sara has published more than 100 articles as a contributing editor for various trade magazines, has written for Edible and Root + Bone, among others, and spoke at TEDx Rapid City. Her historical fiction series is in print as the Flats Junction Series (Promontory Press Inc.) and is in development for TV, with Tinsmith 1865 and Widow 1881 as the first two books available.

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Noon — Mass at St. Joan of Arc Chapel

7 p.m — Ignatian Peacemaking Lecture with Molly Burhans, AMU

Molly Burhans is the founder of GoodLands, an organization that aims to mobilize the Catholic Church to use its land for environmental and social justice purposes. Molly was the chief cartographer for the first unified digital global map of the Catholic Church in history, which was premiered in the Vatican in 2016. She was awarded the Young Champion of the Earth by the United Nations in 2019 and is one of Encyclopedia Britannica’s 2022 20 Under 40 Young Shapers of the Future. In 2021, Molly was listed by National Geographic as an Emerging Explorer.

Register here for the Ignatian Peacemaking Lecture

Tuesday, Feb. 7

Noon — Global Jesuit Luncheon Takeout, FREE LUNCH from Get Them While They’re Hot Tamales, Alumni Memorial Union 2nd Floor Lobby.

While St. Ignatius of Loyola was a son of Spain, the Society of Jesus is a religious order with ministries around the world.  Each weekday of Mission Week will feature a different country with a FREE take-out lunch to the first 150 participants. 

2 p.m. — Mission Week Book Group featuring “The Whole Language:  The Power of Extravagant  Tenderness” by Greg Boyle,  Raynor Memorial Libraries Beaumier Suites.

The newest book from Rev. Greg Boyle, S.J., “The Whole Language: The Power of Extravagant Tenderness,” is a great book that reflects on the power of the importance of intentional kindness.

The first 35 individuals to register for discussion will receive a FREE copy of the book.

Father Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang-intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world. Father Boyle received an honorary doctorate from Marquette University during Mission Week in 2021.

The Office of Mission and Ministry is partnering with the Raynor Memorial Libraries and the Center for Teaching and Learning for this discussion.

Register here for the book discussion.

10 p.m. — Mass at St. Joan of Arc Chapel

Wednesday, Feb. 8

9 a.m. — One Thing Led to Another, Lunda Room, AMU 227

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and the Faber Center invite you to hear the intriguing research and academic vocation journeys of our faculty and staff. 

The event will feature three guest panelists:

  • Dr. Alexandra Kriofske-Mainella, assistant professor, Counselor Education, College of Education
  • Dr. Grant Silva, associate professor, Philosophy
  • Dr. Nathan Hammons, clinical associate professor and director of the Law and Entrepreneurship Clinic

Noon — Soup with Substance with guest Molly Burhans, Lunda Room, AMU 227, FREE LUNCH

Noon — Mass at St. Joan of Arc Chapel

3:30 p.m. — Human Libraries, AMU Ballrooms.

7:30 p.m. — Ignite, Lunda Room, AMU 227

Thursday, Feb. 9

Mission Week Spirit Wear Day
Celebrate Mission Week by wearing your favorite Marquette swag and/or blue and gold! As we celebrate our mission, consider making a donation to support students during their time at Marquette through the Bridge to the Future Fund. 

8 a.m. — Catching Fire Breakfast with Marquette University Board of Trustees Chair Todd Adams, Lunda Room, AMU 227

This event is an opportunity to gather and hear another’s story. Join members of the Marquette community as Todd Adams, chair of Marquette University’s Board of Trustees, shares various experiences and aspects of his life and journey. As we listen, we’re invited to reflect on the deeper levels of our own journey and pause to consider more wholehearted living.

Breakfast will be served for those attending in person. A link will be emailed to those joining virtually.

Register here for the Catching Fire Breakfast

Noon — Global Jesuit Luncheon Takeout, AMU 2nd Floor Lobby, FREE LUNCH

7 p.m. — Honorary Degree presentation to Karen Lincoln Michel

Karen Michel is CEO of IndiJ Public Media, a nonprofit news organization that covers the Indigenous world through a digital news site and a weekday newscast. Based in Wisconsin, Karen leads the business operations of the company, which owns ICT (formerly Indian Country Today), located in Phoenix, Arizona. Previously she served as publisher and editor of Madison Magazine and is a past board president of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. She is a former executive editor of The Daily Advertiser in Lafayette, Louisiana, and a former assistant managing editor of the Green Bay Press-Gazette.  Karen started in newspapers at the La Crosse Tribune in Wisconsin and later became a staff writer for The Dallas Morning News. She has written extensively about Native American issues as a freelancer and was a columnist for The New York Times Syndicate. She is a past president of the Native American Journalists Association, the president of the IndiJ Public Media Board of Directors and a member of the Friends Board of PBS Wisconsin.

Register here to attend the Honorary Degree Conferral

Friday, Feb. 10

Noon — Global Jesuit Luncheon Takeout, FREE LUNCH, AMU 2nd Floor Lobby

Noon — Mass at St. Joan of Arc Chapel

2:30 to 4 p.m. —Pizza and prayer, Raynor Memorial Libraries Beaumier Suites

As we close a week full of kindness, let’s take some time to come together as a prayer community and reflect with joy and gratitude. All are welcome. Pizza will be served!

The office of Mission and Ministry is happy to partner with the Raynor Memorial Libraries and the Center for Teaching and Learning for this gathering.