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Jesuit Colleges and Universities Discuss Mission and Identity at Creighton

Jesuit Colleges and Universities Discuss Mission and Identity at Creighton

The 20th annual Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) Mission and Identity Conference was held at Creighton University Nov. 6-8. More than 52 representatives from 27 of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities across the nation gathered to reflect on supporting their faculty, staff and administrators in understanding and contributing to Jesuit and Catholic mission and identity. Participants included vice presidents and administrators entrusted with promoting the mission and identity of their schools.

“This year’s event was marked by a renewed energy and commitment. Especially stimulating was the opening session, led by Creighton’s associate director of the Collaborative Ministry Office, Maureen McCann Waldron, on taking care of sustaining spiritual vitality as ministers in this work. It was the first time the group took time to explicitly reflect upon the importance of taking time for prayer, benefiting from spiritual direction, and continually learning from the graces of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius,” said the Rev. Andy Alexander, S.J. vice president for University Ministry.

The conference was founded 20 years ago by Creighton’s Rev. Jack Zuercher, S.J., and Joan Lanahan, chaplain, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions. Both worked in the Collaborative Ministry Office and felt the sharing of ideas would make all Jesuit higher education institutions stronger. Lanahan and the Rev George Traub, S.J., Xavier University, an original member of the first conference, shared their insights and historical perspective at this year’s opening dinner.

The Rev. John Schlegel, S.J., president of Creighton University, presided at the conference’s closing liturgy. He thanked the participants, personally and on behalf of the other 27 presidents of the Jesuit schools, for the role they play in helping keep the Jesuit character of Jesuit schools alive.

Waldron served as this year’s coordinator. For more information on this national event click on

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