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Mission Lectures and Programs at JCU

John Carroll hosts a wide variety of mission-based lectures and workshops that are open to the JCU community and often times to friends and neighbors as well. If you are a sponsoring department, and you would like a program added to this list, please email mission@jcu.edu.

  • All Campus Ministry events and liturgies are listed on their website.
  • All Center for Service and Social Action special events and programs are listed on their website.

Tuohy Lecture Series 2017 – TBA

  • All lectures will be held in the Donahue Auditorium at 7:30pm

Institute of Catholic Studies 2017-2018 Lecture Series:

  • Each year the Institute of Catholic Studies at John Carroll University brings to its students, faculty and the broader community a group of experts on issues of comtrmporary relevance to the Catholic intellectural tradition and Jesuit higher education. Please click here for the 2017-2018 speakers brochure.

Mission Leave Opportunities

List of approved mission leave opportunities in which John Carroll staff are able to participate, providing they have the approval of their supervisor (see below) in accordance with the John Carroll University Mission Leave Policy. Please check your e-mail and Inside JCU as events approach for information on registration.

  • Ignatian Heritage Exhibit Scavenger Hunt

Time: Up to 2 hours – Varies by Team. All are invited to participate in an interactive “Scavenger Hunt” focused on our campus-wide Ignatian Heritage display. We encourage teams comprised of Student, Faculty, and Staff to compete for prizes and special recognition. Sponsored by Staff Council and Mission Office.
Link to register: Ignatian Heritage Exhibit Scavenger Hunt and details.

Approval of Mission Leave Usage from the Mission Leave Policy: “Employees must request approval for Mission Leave in writing to their supervisor with specific information on the activity/event and their role/participation in it, and the amount of time requested. The needs of the department as well as the opportunity for the employee will be considered in the approval process. Factors such as office coverage, minimum staffing levels, vacations, sick leave, unplanned absences, special projects, and peak workloads will be considered. Final decisions will be made by the Vice President of the respective division.”

Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta at JCU

Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta was canonized by Pope Francis on Sunday, September 4, 2016. To read more about this inspirational women who was the founder of the Order of the Missionary Sisters of Charity, winner of the the Pope John XXIII Peace Prize (1971) and the Nobel Peace Prize (1979), and champion and friend of the poor, click here or read a recent article from America Magazine. Students, faculty, and staff will remember her canonization at the 9 pm Mass on Sunday, September 4 in St. Francis Chapel.

Her Connecton to John Carroll University

As many long-time JCU people will remember, Saint Mother Teresa was a recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Humane Service from John Carroll University on Monday, April 24, 1978. In characteristic fashion, she accepted the honorary degree “in the name of the poor.” In her afternoon address to a capacity crowd in Kulas Auditorium she explained:

In the name of the poor, the hungry, and the naked, and the homeless and the unwanted, and unloved and uncared; in the name of all those who have forgotten human love, human touch, what it is to feel being wanted, having someone; in the name of all those who are sharing the beautiful work together with us, I accept this honor because in giving it to me, actually you are giving it to them. Your are recognizing right here in this university the presence of the poor and in their name I am grateful…The poor are very great people. They are very great and wonderful…

Read the rest of her address here.

  • Announcement to John Carroll University community by President, Father Henry F. Birkenhauer, S.J.
  • News release about Saint Mother Theresa’s visit to the university

Alpha Sigma Nu

Alpha Sigma Nu is the honor society for Jesuit institutions of higher education.

  • Purpose: to honor students of Jesuit institutions of higher education who distinguish themselves in scholarship, loyalty, and service; to encourage those so honored to understand, to appreciate, and to promote the ideals of Jesuit education.

For more information, please email Dr. Ed Peck.

Mission Reflections by JCU Community

October 2, 2017

Amita Frawley, Associate Director of Annual Giving in University Advancement, shares this reflection:

A fundamental component of Jesuit education is that it is accessible to all and does not exist to serve only the elite and privileged. As I reflect upon my role in University Advancement, I realize that while I am not teaching or working directly with students, I am ensuring that a John Carroll education is accessible for deserving students. My work, raising money from philanthropic alumni, helps support scholarships and in turn guarantees that more students will benefit from a Jesuit education. Our society needs more individuals who are equipped with the heart and knowledge to stand-up for the injustices in our world. I believe a Jesuit Catholic education at John Carroll seeks to do just that.

September 26, 2017

Kyle O’Dell, Senior Director, Office of Student Engagement, shares this reflection:

When I went through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, my biggest takeaway was how much emphasis Jesus put on the concept of hospitality. Every day when I arrive on campus, I view it as a chance to model this hospitality. This could be with the students who stop by our office, those students who sit in my classroom, and the faculty and staff who I have the opportunity to work with in various ways. Making people feel welcome and cared for sets the table for students and staff alike to do great things for and with each other.

September 18, 2017

Lisa Ramsey, Associate Director of Student Engagement, shares this reflection:

I have lots of scheduled advising meetings with students. At times, however, there are unexpected visits from students for one reason or another. I used to think of these unexpected visits as interruptions. I saw them as interruptions pulling me from my busy day of administrative tasks, my to-do list, and my daily work that demands my attention. However, upon reflection over the years I have come to view these “interruptions” as welcome opportunities. It is like God tapping me on the shoulder saying, “this person is on your to-do list today”, and reminds me to be present in the moment to someone who needs something from me right then – advice, a listening ear, a cheerleader or even a kick in the pants. Being open to these opportunities to shift my attention has brought me great joy over the years – even more than completing my to-do list!

September 8, 2017

JP Graulty, Assistant Director of Community Partnerships in the Center for Service and Social Action, shares this reflection:

One important goal of Jesuit education is forming contemplatives in action. In CSSA, we connect the campus to the community. Through our work, students, faculty, and staff have opportunities to share their knowledge, passion, and skills with the community. But the beauty of Jesuit education is that we know that acting for justice is not enough. In order to act in accordance with our deepest values, we must also be contemplatives. In CSSA, we contribute to this goal by helping students cultivate skills and habits for reflection through reflection booklets, programs, and workshops. I am grateful for the privilege of forming the next generation of contemplatives in action through my work here at JCU.

May 22, 2017

Nicholas Santilli, Ph.D., associate provost, Accreditation and Institutional Effectiveness, shares this reflection:

Our mission is my source of inspiration. I start each day reflecting on the work of the day. Where will I find consolation or desolation? Where will I find God in the details of the day-to-day? This moment of reflection centers me, pushes me to present my best self, to recognize we are all unfinished works in the act of becoming.

I try to keep in mind that every day is a shared journey. No one moves alone. My life is richer through accompaniment. I firmly believe our mission calls us to walk together. We need each other. At the end of the day I want to know that I made our common journey a moment of joy.

May 8, 2017

Barb Kingsbury, administrative assistant in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, shares this reflection:

“I try to live the JCU mission through supporting our students and fellow co-workers by taking the time to listen, to understand, to reflect, to pray together, and in sharing laughter which is food for the soul – part of an essential food group! There are always students in need of encouragement and guidance to take under my wings and new Blue Streaks to welcome to campus. The friendships and relationships established here at JCU with students and co-workers alike are part of the many blessings in my life for which I am truly thankful. It is not so much a mission as it is a joy because we are a community and we are family!

April 24, 2017

John Brautigan, Finance Manager & Student Accounts Receivable, shares this reflection: “When I reflect on my day-to-day dealings, one question I ask myself is how I influenced someone today. This could be as simple as saying good morning, acknowledging the individual, or helping a student resolve an issue here on campus. With my position, it is more than resolving a student account issue, my goal is to have a positive influence on that student and their family during their time here at JCU and beyond.”

April 17, 2017

Terri Lewandowski, chair of the Mission & Identity Committee of the John Carroll University Board of Directors, shares this reflection:
“I work to live the mission by giving of the time, talent, and treasure that God has given to me. My goal is to help others to have the ability and see the value, fun, and joy of giving of their ‘3T’s’. If everyone can give just a little bit more, together we can make a better world for all.”

Slavery Working Group

The John Carroll University Working Group on Slavery – Legacy and Reconciliation was convened by University President Robert Niehoff, S.J. in September 2016 in order to explore the implications of Archbishop John Carroll’s participation in slaveholding, in response to Georgetown University’s comprehensive report on the legacy of slavery at that institution.

As of August 2018, the working group has compiled a final report of its historical findings and recommendations, many of which are being considered as part of the Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence and related efforts. The final report is available here:

In his message announcing the charge of the Working Group, Fr. Niehoff states:

Our facing the legacy of John Carroll relative to what some have called America’s “original sin” is a response to an invitation to us as a University community to do the same: To consider the failures and graces in our history relative to racial justice, starting with our namesake’s participation in chattel slavery.
Facing the history of Archbishop Carroll and his Jesuit companions and our history will be challenging for some, but relying on the grace of God we will press on and grapple with the truth of the past to help us address the circumstances of the present. No one grows if they are unwilling to examine their history and name what they must do better; the same is true for institutions. In this regard, I expect that the Working Group will help us to know the history of our namesake and the University’s legacy regarding racial justice and to suggest what we can do now as a community to live more justly in light of their study and the conversations that they sponsor.

Slavery Working Group Archive:

09.06.2016 Message on the Implications of the Georgetown Report
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Dear Campus Community,

Last Thursday September 1, 2016, Georgetown University’s Working Group on Slavery, Memory and Reconciliation issued its public report. The early reports about Georgetown having sold slaves in 1838 to pay its debts have raised questions and caused concerns for many of us on our campus and for alumni and friends of Jesuit schools.

The Working Group, whose work started about a year ago, is very detailed in its documentation of Jesuit slave holdings in the early colonies. The report includes details that were known, but that have not been very publically acknowledged by the Society of Jesus.

As some of the U.S. Jesuit Provincials have done, I share this document with you,(Georgetown Report) as well as a letter to U.S. Jesuits about the Georgetown Report from the President of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the U.S., our alum, the Very Reverend Timothy Kesicki, S.J.’84 (letter). I encourage you to read it and engage this history. As we celebrate the great work that Jesuits have done in our nation, we must also acknowledge our Jesuit participation in slavery as a sin. The challenge of understanding our involvement in slavery is not just theoretical or historical. In recent weeks I have come to learn, and must share with you all now, the fact that Archbishop John Carroll (1735-1815) not only took part in the management of the Jesuit plantations and in slaveholding at some level, but that he also owned at least one slave who was given his freedom in Archbishop Carroll’s will (Georgetown Report, Appendix G). I know that this will come as a shock and a disappointment to many of you, as it is to me. You will find these references in the Georgetown Report, and I am very appreciative of the work that they have done to document this history and bring it to light.

It is now up to our campus community to engage this history and learn more about both Jesuit slaveholding and Archbishop Carroll’s role in it. I believe that we must create and charge our own campus community Working Group to engage the U.S. Jesuit slaveholding history and our own Archbishop John Carroll’s role in this sin, which is such a perversion of God’s creation. I envision that the Working Group will develop a participative campus process to help us learn about the historical record, taking advantage of the work that has been done on other campuses, and make recommendations about how we acknowledge this history and grow in our commitment to justice for all people. For example, the Oregon Province Provincial, the Very Reverend Scott Santarosa, S.J., states his hope that engaging our Jesuit history will lead to a “growing transparency around the Society’s historical participation in slave-owning [and] help us to come to a deeper awareness of our blind-spots around issues of race and power, which are poignant issues in our society today” (OR Provincial letter, 160902).

In the coming days, I will be consulting with our Board of Directors and campus leaders about the composition and specific charge of the Working Group. If you are interested in serving on the Working Group, please contact your dean or divisional vice president. I know the Working Group will update campus on a regular basis and look for opportunities to share our history, hear your thoughts, and help shape John Carroll University’s way forward. The group will also recommend programming which engages our history and informs the ways we respond to contemporary issues of race and privilege. I look forward to your participation in our next steps.

10.11.2016 Message Announcing the Creation of the Slavery Working Group

In my earlier email to the University community regarding Archbishop John Carroll and his owning at least one slave, I announced that I would convene a working group charged with developing a participative campus process to help us learn about the historical record and to make recommendations about how we acknowledge this history and grow in our commitment to justice for all people. My thanks to those who responded to my request and submitted suggestions and to all who offered to serve on the Working Group.

I write today to share with you the group’s membership:

  • Martin Connell, SJ (ED) co-chair
  • Sherri Crahen (SA) co-chair
  • John Ambrose ’15 (Administrative Assistant, PO)
  • Diane McTier (M&I)
  • Tina Facca-Miess (MML)
  • Jean Feerick (EN)
  • Theron Ford (ED)
  • Dr. Evelyn Jenkins-Gunn ‘72G
  • Dan Kilbride (HS)
  • Scott Labuda ’87
  • Terry Mills (P)
  • Ed Peck (M&I)
  • Donald Phillip, JD ’95
  • Alexa Van Maaren ’17, (History Major with Concentration in American Slavery)
  • Dwight Venson ’17, President of AAA (African American Alliance)

I am grateful to these individuals who have agreed to serve our community by helping to lead this important conversation. Vice President for Mission and Identity Dr. Ed Peck and his administrative assistant, Ms. Diane McTier, have generously agreed to provide organizational and administrative support to the co-chairs in order to support their leadership and to facilitate the efforts of the Working Group.

I ask the Working Group to use University resources to assist in its work — we are fortunate to have many people whose research and teaching can contribute to our learning and discussions. That said, I am committed to providing the resources to bring visitors to campus as needed to help the committee and the University in this important work that is so closely related to the University’s mission. I expect that the Working Group will include all of the University’s constituencies in the conversations that will serve as an important resource for their report and recommendations. In particular, I encourage the committee to include our alumni, many of whom have expressed their interest in participating in the conversations about this matter.

I think that the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm (IPP) can serve as an important resource in establishing the process of the work to be done. The IPP (which includes the following elements: context, experience, reflection, action, and evaluation) is a practical framework for addressing the issues before the Working Group and is consistent with and effective in communicating the Ignatian values and worldview.

In the First Week of his Spiritual Exercises Saint Ignatius invites the retreatant to admit before a loving and compassionate God their need for healing from fear and guilt. Our facing the legacy of John Carroll relative to what some have called America’s “original sin” is a response to an invitation to us as a University community to do the same: To consider the failures and graces in our history relative to racial justice, starting with our namesake’s participation in chattel slavery.

Facing the history of Archbishop Carroll and his Jesuit companions and our history will be challenging for some, but relying on the grace of God we will press on and grapple with the truth of the past to help us address the circumstances of the present. No one grows if they are unwilling to examine their history and name what they must do better; the same is true for institutions. In this regard, I expect that the Working Group will help us to know the history of our namesake and the University’s legacy regarding racial justice and to suggest what we can do now as a community to live more justly in light of their study and the conversations that they sponsor.

The Working Group will provide opportunities for our community to learn about this history and will update campus on their progress and plans each semester. I anticipate that the Working Group’s final report and recommendations will be shared with campus next fall. I look forward to the Working Group’s recommendations and the conversation and learning that are such an important part of the process.

Charge and Membership of the Slavery Working Group

From Fr. Niehoff’s charge to the John Carroll University’s Working Group: Slavery-Legacy and Reconciliation:

In its 2016 report, Georgetown University’s Working Group on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation, notes that Bishop John Carroll, our namesake, owned at least one slave:

John Carroll, S.J. (1735-1815), is regarded as the founder of Georgetown University and was the first bishop in the United States. While a bishop, he owned at least two slaves, – Alexis, his valet, whom he sold to a lay buyer because of A’s Alcoholism; – Charles, whom he bequeathed to his nephew with the provision for later manumission.

Unlike Georgetown, we are not directly implicated in the practice of chattel slavery; however, as a Jesuit university that bears the name of John Carroll we are associated

with the history of Bishop Carroll and the Maryland Jesuits.

In light of the facts presented in the report of Georgetown’s working group, I deemed it necessary and beneficial for John Carroll University (1) to acknowledge the legacy

outlined above and (2) to manifest its commitment to racial social justice in concrete ways.

With this in mind, the charge to the working group can be delineated as follows:

1. To assist the University community come to a better understanding of our history including our Jesuit heritage (graced and disgraceful);

2. To assist the University community to address the abiding, systemic racial social injustices in our nation in a more profound and efficacious way; and

3. To make recommendations to me that will assist the University better serve its mission relative to racial social justice.

Realizing that the process of the working group will be intricately connected to the product it delivers, I ask the working group to attend to the following:

4. Ensuring that the process is marked by dialogue that engages the entire University community;

5. Using the wealth of resources here at the University (expertise and experience of faculty, staff, students, and alumni) – and call on resources beyond our community as needed;

6. Bringing to bear the social teaching of the Church; and

7. Employing the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm as a way to carry out its work.

Membership:

  • Martin Connell, SJ (ED) co-chair
  • Sherri Crahen (SA) co-chair
  • John Ambrose ’15 (Administrative Assistant, PO)
  • Diane McTier (M&I)
  • Tina Facca-Miess (MML)
  • Jean Feerick (EN)
  • Theron Ford (ED)
  • Dr. Evelyn Jenkins-Gunn ‘72G
  • Dan Kilbride (HS)
  • Terry Mills (P)
  • Ed Peck (M&I)
  • Donald Phillip, JD ’95
  • Alexa Van Maaren ’17
  • Dwight Venson ’17
02.20.2017 Message Announcing Working Group Events
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Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,

Our JCU Working Group: Slavery-Legacy and Reconciliation and Black Students in Action will co-host two important events on campus this week and next, and I write to encourage your participation.

The first event is this Wednesday, February 22, at 5 p.m. in Donahue Auditorium of the Dolan Center for Science and Technology. “John Carroll University: Our History” will include a panel presentation and discussion regarding the history of slavery in the Catholic Church and slaveholding with the Carroll family and John Carroll. A reception will follow in the O’Connell Reading Room.

Next week, on Tuesday, February 28, at 5 p.m. in Donahue Auditorium, the Working Group and Black Students in Action will present “JCU: Our Story,” a panel discussion regarding the experiences of JCU African-American alumni. A reception will again follow in the O’Connell Reading Room.

My thanks to the Working Group and to Black Students in Action for their work in developing and arranging these important campus gatherings. Other events will take place in the coming weeks.

I encourage our campus community to engage in this process of learning and reflection. I invited the Antioch Baptist Church community to join us for these events as we collaborate more closely with their congregation, which is also a leader in service to our region. Together we can grow in our commitment to justice for all.

Blessings,

Robert L. Niehoff, S.J.
President

JCU Ignatian Colleagues

The Ignatian Colleagues Program is an 18-month formation program for administrators and faculty in Jesuit higher education. Participants join a national cohort of 40-50 people and participate in a variety of face-to-face meetings, online education, a weeklong retreat, and an international immersion trip. As part of their capstone experience, they complete a mission project that is related to their work. Click here to learn more about the program

The following people have completed or are currently participating in the program and serve as resources to our community to advance John Carroll’s mission within and beyond their divisions. Click on their name to learn more about their experience and specialized mission interests.

Sherri Crahen, Ph.D., Dean of Students
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Sherri A. Crahen, Ph.D. – Dean of Students – Associate Vice President Student Affairs

ICP Cohort 6: August, 2013 – January, 2015

Immersion Experience: Nicaragua, June, 2014

ICP Capstone Project: Profession Development Around Mission for Student Affairs Colleagues

Richard J. Day, AVP for Development
Richard Day

Richard A. Day – Assistant Vice President of Development

ICP Cohort 10: August, 2017 – January, 2019

Immersion Experience: Nicaragua, February, 2018

ICP Capstone Project:

Tina Facca-Miess, Ph.D., Associate Professor
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Tina M. Facca-Miess – Management, Marketing and Logistics – Associate Professor

ICP Cohort 7: August, 2014 – January, 2016

Immersion Experience:

ICP Capstone Project:

Sr. Katherine Feely, SND, Director, Center for Service and Social Action

Sr. Katherine Feely, SND
Director
kfeely@jcu.edu
216.397.1966

Maryellen Callanan
Associate Director
mcallanan@jcu.edu
216.397.2022

JP Graulty
Assistant Director, Community Partnerships
jgraulty@jcu.edu
216.397.1662

Heather Craigie
Assistant Director, Student Development & Logistics
hcraigie@jcu.edu
216.397.6233

Lisa Morde
Assistant Director, Student Engagement & Data Management
lmorde@jcu.edu
216.397.6227

Pam Zangara
Administrative Assistant
pzangara@jcu.edu
216.397.4698

Carolina Kane
Administrative Assistant for Marketing
ckane@jcu.edu
216.397.2083

Josefina Moreno ’18, ’21G
Graduate Assistant
jmoreno18@jcu.edu
216.397.4698

Peggy Finucane, Ph.D., Associate Professor
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Margaret (Peggy) O. Finucane, Ph.D. – The Tim Russert Department of Communication and Theatre Arts – Associate Professor

ICP Cohort 8: August, 2015 – January, 2017

Immersion Experience:

ICP Capstone Project:

Malia McAndrew, Ph.D., Associate Professor
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Jennifer Malia McAndrew, Ph.D. – History – Associate Professor

ICP Cohort 7: August, 2014 – January, 2016

Immersion Experience:

ICP Capstone Project:

Mark McCarthy, Ph.D., Vice President Student Affairs
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Mark D. McCarthy, Ph.D. – Student Affairs – Vice President Student Affairs

ICP Cohort 5: August, 2012 – January, 2014

Immersion Experience: Nicaragua, June, 2013

ICP Capstone Project:Living Our Mission: A Model of Staff Development in Student Affairs

Maryclaire Moroney, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Student Service and Academic Advising/Asst. Provost Academic Advising

Associate Professor

Degrees: Ph.D., Harvard University

Maryclaire Moroney received her Ph.D from Harvard University in 1991, and specializes in Renaissance poetry, with a particular focus on Spenser and Milton.

Ed Peck, Ph.D., Vice President for University Mission and Identity
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Edward J. Peck, Ph.D. – Mission and Identity – Vice President for University Mission and Identity

ICP Executive Director: August, 2008 – June, 2014

Immersion Experience: Nicaragua, El Salvador

ICP Capstone Project: Ignatian Colleagues Program

Nick Santilli, Ph.D., Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness
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Nicholas R. Santilli, Ph.D. – Provost and Academic Vice President’s Office – Interim Provost and Academic Vice President

ICP Cohort 2: August, 2009 – January, 2011

Immersion Experience: Nicaragua, 2010

ICP Capstone Project: Finding Harmony: Academic Excellence is the Mission

Karen Schuele, Professor
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Karen Schuele, Ph.D – Accountancy – Professor

ICP Cohort 2: August, 2009 – January, 2011

Immersion Experience: El Salvador, March, 2010

ICP Capstone Project: A Business School in a Jesuit Institution: Impact on How We Teach and What We Teach?

Mark Storz, Ph. D., Associate Professor
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Mark G. Storz, Ph.D. – Education and School of Psychology – Associate Professor

ICP Cohort 1: August, 2008 – January, 2010

Immersion Experience: El Salvador, June, 2009

ICP Capstone Project: A Primer on Ignatian Pedagogy for Graduate Teaching Assistants and Part-time Graduate Faculty

Steve Vitatoe, Assistant Vice President Undergrad Admission
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Steven P. Vitatoe – Admissions – Assistant Vice President Undergrad Admission

ICP Cohort 5: August, 2012 – January, 2014

Immersion Experience: Nicaragua, June, 2013

ICP Capstone Project: Integrated Marketing & Communications

Mark Waner, Ph.D., Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellows
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Mark J. Waner, Ph.D. – Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellows and Chemistry Associate Professor

ICP Cohort 4: August, 2011 – January, 2013

Immersion Experience: Nicaragua, June, 2012

ICP Capstone Project: Assessing the Integration and Impact of Ignatian Pedagogy on the Woodrow Wilson Ohio Teaching Fellowship Program

Companions in Mission

Overview:

The JCU Companions in Mission program is a semester long, cohort-based formation program for staff and faculty at John Carroll University. The program involves: study of the Jesuit Catholic tradition of higher education and contemporary issues, an introduction to Ignatian spirituality and a day of retreat/reflection, a local service experience, and a practical application to one’s work. The Office of University Mission and Identity will sponsor and staff the program with the help of campus partners and content experts. The Program is open to faculty and staff who are nominated by their area vice president or dean and consists of the following components:

Study of the Jesuit Catholic Tradition of Higher Education:

The cohort will have five two-hour workshop sessions during which they discuss brief assigned readings and videos on the following topics:

  1. Ignatian spirituality, rooted in the life of Ignatius, with a focus on Ignatian discernment
  2. How the Jesuits became involved in education and Jesuit education today
  3. John Carroll University’s identity as (1) a university (2) Catholic (3) Jesuit and (4) open to “people of all faiths and no faith”
  4. JCU’s identity (continued) and inclusive excellence
  5. Jesuit mission: promoting a faith that does justice

An Understanding and Experience of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius

Participants will learn about the “Examen” and the JCU Framework for Ignatian Reflection and partake in a day of reflection off campus in which there is conversation about the Autobiography of St. Ignatiusand short talks on the Spiritual Exercises to help guide their reading, reflection, and prayer.

Service Experience

Participants spend part of a day working with the poor and the marginalized in Cleveland with whom we have established relationships. The day will conclude with a reflection. Participants can choose between one of two or three options, including the Jesuit Day of Service and Labre.

Practical Application:

Participants will come to the final session prepared to share a one-page reflection about what they have learned and how it might inspire or inform the work they do and how they lead. They will identify their own areas of interest for further study and evaluate the program to improve it for the next cohort.

Program Outcomes–As a result of participating in this program, participants will:

  • Deepen their existing knowledge and understanding of Ignatian spirituality and Jesuit education
  • Articulate the distinctiveness of Jesuit education at John Carroll University
  • Understand themselves as “companions in mission” who share responsibility for advancing the Jesuit mission of John Carroll

Time Commitment:

  • Five mornings (fall cohorts) or afternoons (spring cohort) for approximately two hours.
  • One day of reflection (off campus)
  • One service experience with those who are poor and marginalized in Cleveland
  • One concluding meal after the last workshop

For more information, please contact Fr. Tom Pipp, S.J., Director of Ignatian Formation at tpipp@jcu.edu or 216-397-1594.

Ignatian Heritage and Jesuit Mission Display

Thank you for visiting the homepage of John Carroll University’s campus-wide display of our Ignatian Heritage and Jesuit mission, consisting of 31 pieces displayed throughout 8 buildings across campus. These panels depict various moments of our Ignatian heritage and aspects of Jesuit mission related to University life. Our hope is that students, staff, faculty, and visitors will enjoy their beauty while learning more about the great heritage we share and to which we contribute.

On the left hand side, there are two webpages, which separates the display by both location and topic. Click on the title of the panels in order to view the image. This allows viewers to take a virtual tour as well as to discover where these exhibits are on campus. Enjoy this enriching tour of Ignatian Heritage and let it spark a curiosity of further knowledge as you strive to live out the mission.

If you would like to view the entire display, click on the pdf below. It contains all of the panels and a glossary in order for you to easily maneuver around the document.

Ignatian Heritage and Mission Display Panel.pdf

The artwork and written texts have been compiled by Jesuit artist, Fr. Don Doll, S.J of Creighton University, who generously made the display available to John Carroll for the cost of reproduction.

The display was made possible financially by a generous gift of Mary ’64G and Tom Lewis ’60 ’62G, who are alumni of the University. Tom was a member of the Board of Directors from 2011-2017, and as a member of the Mission and Identity Committee was very committed to enshrining the heritage within our buildings.