Mission Week

Mission Week

Mission Week: Expanding Our Circle of Compassion

Expanding Our Circle of Compassion | Sept. 1-8, 2021

As we focused on the first of four Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Jesuits and their partners at our first celebration of Mission Week in 2019, we welcomed the Rev. Greg Boyle, SJ, founder of Homeboy Industries and author of Tattoos on the Heart and Barking to the Choir, to help us understand the meaning of “magis.” In his keynote address, Fr. Boyle invited us to create a circle of compassion around us – a compassion bounded only by the horizon of God’s love.

This year, we are “Expanding Our Circle of Compassion” as we consider our mission as students and scholars to meet men and women at the margins of society to be for and with them as partners in building a whole creation marked by compassion.

Purpose of Mission Week

Mission Week began as part of the 150 Strategic Plan in 2019. This year, as the plan is further developed and focused toward celebrating Creighton’s 150th anniversary in 2028, we continue to enrich the appreciation of our Catholic and Jesuit mission of higher education by attending again to the four universal preferences of the Jesuits and their apostolic works, specifically the second preference: Walking with the Excluded. 

Mission Week occurs in the fall semester, and Creighton University community members across all campuses, along with community partners, are invited to come together to listen, learn, reflect and explore themes which emerge from our Jesuit, Catholic mission. It is a time set aside to reflect on our larger purpose and on the Ignatian heritage and spirituality that animate our University.

Mission related community events sponsored by Creighton

Schedule of Events

Mission Week 2021-2022 is officially Sept. 1-8. It begins with the Mass of the Holy Spirit on Creighton’s Omaha campus on Sept. 1 and concludes with the inaugural Mass of the Holy Spirit on the Creighton University Health Sciences Campus – Phoenix on Sept. 8. This calendar includes events related to Mission Week that occur soon before and after those dates.   

Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021

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3:30 p.m. (CDT)

Presidential Town Hall and Kingfisher Award Presentation 

Mike and Josie Harper Center, Hixson-Lied Auditorium; virtual attendance also available

Creighton President the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, PhD, will deliver his annual Town Hall address and present the Kingfisher Award, which recognizes an outstanding Creighton faculty or staff member who has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the enduring values, principles and practices of the humanities.

Creighton faculty and staff are invited to attend the event in person. A link to watch the ceremony virtually will also be provided. Watch Creighton Today for details.

Friday, Aug. 27, 2021

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5 p.m. (CDT)

Alumni Evening of Honors

Mike and Josie Harper Center

Outstanding Creighton University alumni will be recognized during the 2021 Evening of Honors for their distinguished service to their communities and their commitment to the Jesuit ideal of being “women and men for and with others.”

Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021

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3 p.m. (CDT)

Faculty and Staff Campaign Kickoff Event: The Late Afternoon Show

Lied Education Center for the Arts Mainstage Theatre; virtual attendance also available 

Celebrate the public launch of Creighton’s fundraising campaign with The Late Afternoon Show — a not-to-miss event for faculty and staff! The Late Afternoon Show will feature snacks, cocktails, comedy, live music and plenty of surprises along the way. 

We give our best to our students through the amazing people who make up our faculty and staff. You can help us continue and reinforce the great work you do every day. Support the mission we serve. And enjoy the show!

Registration closes on Monday, Aug. 23.

Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021

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3:30 p.m. (CDT)

Mass of the Holy Spirit

St. John’s Church

The Mass of the Holy Spirit is a centuries-old tradition among Jesuit institutions of higher learning whereby the community offers thanksgiving to God for the gifts of creation and asks for blessings upon the academic year.  All faiths are welcomed.

Submit a prayer intention to be included with those of the wider Creighton community at the Mass of the Holy Spirit. These prayers will be brought to the altar at the offertory procession during Mass. 


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4:30 p.m. (CDT)

Ice Cream Social and Reception

Fountain Outside St. John’s Church | Skutt Student Center, Mutual of Omaha Ballroom

Student Life will host an ice cream social around the fountain area outside St. John’s Church immediately following the Mass of the Holy Spirit. There also will be a reception inside the Skutt Student Center prior to the keynote address by the Rev. Kevin FitzGerald, SJ, PhD, PhD.


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5:30 p.m. (CDT)

Featured Keynote Address by the Rev. Kevin FitzGerald, SJ, PhD, PhD, John A. Creighton University Professor, associate professor of medicine, chair of the Department of Medical Humanities, interim dean of the Graduate School

Skutt Student Center, Mutual of Omaha Ballroom

Fr. FitzGerald holds PhDs in both molecular biology and bioethics from Georgetown University. His research efforts focus on the investigation of abnormal gene expression in cancer; ethical issues in biomedical research and medical genomics; and integration of the humanities into health professions education. His talk is titled “Walking with the Excluded: The significance of the Creighton approach to integrating the humanities with science and health care.” He will focus on the second of four Universal Apostolic Preferences animating the work of the Jesuits worldwide – Walking with the Excluded.

Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021

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3:30 p.m. (CDT)

Presentation of St. Ignatius Awards, Ignatian Formation Citations and Reception

Skutt Student Center, Mutual of Omaha Ballroom 

The Deglman Center for Ignatian Spirituality will present its annual St. Ignatius Award. The award recognizes Creighton faculty and staff who live the spirit of St. Ignatius and whose participation in the mission of Creighton and involvements beyond the University reflect the Ignatian ideals of magis, cura personalis and being “persons for and with others.”

In addition, each of Creighton’s nine schools and colleges will be awarding a citation for Ignatian formation, recognizing a program or initiative within their school or college that invites colleagues into a deeper understanding of and appreciation for Ignatian spirituality. 

Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and drinks after the ceremony.

Friday, Sept. 3, 2021

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12:15 to 1:15 p.m. (CDT)

Catholic Social Teaching: A Lunchtime Series for Faculty and Staff

Skutt Student Center, Room 104; virtual attendance also available

Why is Catholic social teaching (CST) vital to Creighton’s mission? How can faculty and staff further bring CST into their work? The Division of Mission and Ministry and the Justice and Peace Studies Program will host Catholic Social Teaching: A Lunchtime Series for Faculty and Staff Sept. 3 through April 15.

This eight-part series meets from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. (CDT) on eight Fridays during the 2021-2022 academic year: Sept. 3, Sept. 24, Oct. 22, Nov. 5, Jan. 28, Feb. 18, March 18 and April 15. Each session will convene over a free catered lunch, but participants may attend virtually.

Register for Catholic Social Teaching: A Lunchtime Series for Faculty and Staff.

Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021

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4–5 p.m. (MST)

St. Ignatius Chapel Dedication Mass and Reception (invitation only)

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Health Sciences Building, Second Floor

Reflective of Jesuit, Catholic traditions, the St. Ignatius Chapel provides an on-campus, sacred space into which people may step throughout the day for prayer and quiet contemplation. The chapel incorporates ample glass and light with Jerusalem stone as the backdrop for the altar. An elevated walkway offers a sense of quiet separation from the rest of the building and a reflective entrance to the chapel.

Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021

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3:30 p.m. (MST)

Mass of the Holy Spirit

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Health Sciences Building, Doris S. Norton Ballroom, First Floor

The Mass of the Holy Spirit is a centuries-old tradition among Jesuit institutions of higher learning whereby the community offers thanksgiving to God for the gifts of creation and asks for blessings upon the academic year. This will be the inaugural Mass of the Holy Spirit for the Creighton University Health Sciences Campus – Phoenix. All faiths are welcomed.

Submit a prayer intention to be included with those of the wider Creighton community at the Mass of the Holy Spirit. These prayers will be brought to the altar at the offertory procession during Mass. 


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4:30 p.m. (MST)

Reception After Mass

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Health Sciences Building, First-Floor Foyer

Students, faculty and staff are invited to enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and drinks between the Mass and the featured keynote address.


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5:30 p.m. (MST)

Featured Keynote Address by the Rev. Kevin FitzGerald, SJ, PhD, PhD, John A. Creighton University Professor, associate professor of medicine, chair of the Department of Medical Humanities, interim dean of the Graduate School

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Health Sciences Building, Doris S. Norton Ballroom, First Floor

Fr. FitzGerald holds PhDs in both molecular biology and bioethics from Georgetown University. His research efforts focus on the investigation of abnormal gene expression in cancer; ethical issues in biomedical research and medical genomics; and the integration of the humanities into health professions education. His talk is titled “Walking with the Excluded: The significance of the Creighton approach to integrating the humanities with science and health care.” He will focus on the second of four Universal Apostolic Preferences animating the work of the Jesuits worldwide – Walking with the Excluded.

Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021

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2-5:30 p.m. (CDT)

“Business, Faith, and the Common Good” Keynote Speaker, Panel Discussion and Reception

Mike and Josie Harper Center, Heider College of Business, Union Pacific Room (Room 2057/58)

This annual fall event brings academics and practitioners to Creighton’s campus to speak about how faith impacts their business, how business contributes to the common good, or how their vision of the common good is inspired by faith (or all three). It is open to the public and the entire Creighton community. Visit the symposium website.

This year’s schedule of events:

  • 2 p.m. – keynote speaker, Julie Kalkowski, executive director of the Financial Hope Collaborative
  • 3 p.m. – panel discussion on “Inclusion of the Disenfranchised and Marginalized through Intentional Business Practices,” led by Sarah Walker, PhD, interim vice president of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. Panelists will be Jo Giles, executive director of Omaha Women’s Fund; Bianca Harley, senior director of Diversity and Inclusion at the Omaha Chamber of Commerce; and Natalie Hadley, vice president at Outlook Nebraska.
  • 4 p.m. – reception next door

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5:30 p.m. (MST)

Creighton University Health Sciences Campus – Phoenix Campus Dedication and Opening (invitation only)

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Health Sciences Building, First-Floor Lobby

The official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Health Sciences Building on Creighton’s Phoenix campus will be held on the first floor with a private reception to follow. Students and faculty will provide invited guests with tours of the new facility.

Friday, Sept. 10, 2021

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4:30–7 (MST)

Creighton University Health Sciences Campus – Phoenix Grand Opening

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Health Sciences Building

Creighton welcomes alumni, family and friends to the open house of the new Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Health Sciences Building on Creighton’s Phoenix campus. Explore the new facility while enjoying food stations on the first and second floors.

Consider these opportunities to celebrate and learn more about Creighton’s mission throughout the 2021-2022 academic year.

Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education Series

The vice president of Mission and Ministry, the vice president for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, and the A.F. Jacobson Endowed Chair in Communication invite you to celebrate the Ignatian Year by focusing on the Universal Apostolic Preferences. Participants will watch select videos from the Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education conference, reflect and discuss with Creighton colleagues. Fall 2021 and spring 2022 sessions are planned. Learn more and register.

Catholic Social Teaching: A Lunchtime Series for Faculty and Staff

The Division of Mission and Ministry and the Justice and Peace Studies Program will host Catholic Social Teaching: A Lunchtime Series for Faculty and Staff Sept. 3 through April 15. This eight-part series meets from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. (CDT) on eight Fridays during the 2021-2022 academic year: Sept. 3, Sept. 24, Oct. 22, Nov. 5, Jan. 28, Feb. 18, March 18 and April 15. Each session will convene over a free catered lunch, but participants may attend virtually.


COVID-19 masking requirements will be in effect for all events, beginning Sept. 1.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the 2021 theme “Expanding Our Circle of Compassion” mean?

“Expanding Our Circle of Compassion” is an extension of our inaugural Mission Week in 2019, when keynote speaker the Rev. Greg Boyle, SJ, founder of Homeboy Industries and author of Tattoos on the Heart and Barking to the Choir, talked about expanding the circle of compassion around us.

While the 2019 Mission Week focused on the first of the four Jesuit Universal Apostolic Preferences, Showing the Way to God, this year we focus on the second preference: Walking with the Excluded. This preference asks us to find ways to walk with the poor, the outcasts of the world, those whose dignity has been violated, in a mission of reconciliation and justice. Mission Week 2021 is an intentional time for us to re-examine how we, in our professional and daily lives, and as an institution, can stand in solidarity with the poor and marginalized.   

What are the dates?

Sept. 1-8, 2021 (Although events occurring soon before and after these dates, with ties to our mission, are included.)

I’m not Catholic, how does this apply to me?

“Members of the Creighton community are challenged to reflect on transcendent values, including their relationship with God, in an atmosphere of freedom of inquiry, belief and religious worship.” Creighton’s mission statement reflects on our community’s strength through inclusion. Mission Week is a time to celebrate and intentionally reflect on the Creighton University mission and how each one of us plays a role living it out on a daily basis.

How do I submit an event to be included in the week’s calendar?

Fill out the form to submit an event to the committee for consideration.

Who should I contact with questions?

Co-chairs gkduda [at] creighton [dot] edu (Gintaras Duda, PhD), and CarolLomneth [at] creighton [dot] edu (Carol Lomneth, PhD)

 

Planning Team

Michele Bogard, PhD
Student Life

Eileen Burke-Sullivan, STD
Mission and Ministry

Rick Davis
University Communications and Marketing

Kevin Dilworth, SJ
School of Medicine

Gintaras Duda, PhD
Co-Chair, College of Arts and Sciences

Andrew Gustafson, PhD
Heider College of Business

Janique Hayes
Institutional Diversity and Inclusion/Mission and Ministry

Caitlin Knopik
University Communications and Marketing

Carol Lomneth, PhD
Co-Chair, School of Medicine

Daniella Sasek
College of Professional Studies, Undergraduate Student

Kelly Tadeo-Orbik
Schlegel Center for Service and Justice/Campus Ministry