Mission Week 2023, following the theme of “Act with Kindness,” begins on Sunday, Feb. 5, and runs through Saturday, Feb. 11.
When St. Ignatius wrote letters of instruction, he often asked those that he wrote to to be considerate and kind. He and the first companions created the Society of Jesus to take God’s ministry out into the world. By empowering others to “go, set the world on fire,” he ignited a movement that, over 500 years later, has global reach and impact.
During this week, consider taking action by attending one of the many Mission Week offerings. Whether it be opportunities to listen to inspirational speakers, participate in service, pray, worship or reflect and take time for silence each day.
View the full schedule of events here.
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.
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.