Mission Officer Conference

2014 Mission Officer Conference: Cultivating the Mission Together
Friday, January 31, 2014, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Washington, DC

The third annual Mission Officer Conference took place one day prior to the opening of the ACCU Annual Meeting.   This year's conference included a joint gathering of Mission Officers and Campus Ministry Directors from ACCU member campuses. Thank you to all who attended the conference, and all who helped make the conference a success!


It is most helpful to have the opportunity to learn about how the position and responsibilities of Mission Officers are evolving on campuses.

--2014 Mission Officer Conference attendee






Please contact Lexie Bradley, Mission Officer Conference Administrator, at abradley@accunet.org if you have any questions about the event.

Conference Schedule

Thursday, January 30
5:00 p.m. Fellowship dinner for Mission Officers; gathering of new Mission Officers (optional)
Friday, January 31
8:00-8:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Registration
8:45-9:00 a.m. Opening Prayer
  Welcome and Overview
  Kurt Schackmuth, Vice President for Mission and Academic Services, Lewis University
  Michael Galligan-Stierle, President, ACCU
9:00-9:15 a.m. Greeting from the Saint John’s Bible
  Jim Triggs, Executive Director, Heritage Program, The Saint John’s Bible
9:15-10:15 a.m. Past, Present, and Future of Mission Leaders: A National Study

Michael James, Lecturer, Department of Educational Leadership & Higher Education, Director, IACHE, Boston College;                   Daniel Justin, Doctoral Candidate, Boston College

10:15-10:30 a.m. Break
10:30-10:40 a.m. Morning Pause
10:40-11:45 a.m. Strategies for Engaging Faculty
  Sr. Marguerite O’Beirne, Vice President for Mission, Neumann University
  Alicia Cordoba Tait, Assistant to the President for Mission Integration, Benedictine University
  Kurt Schackmuth, Vice President for Mission and Academic Services, Lewis University
  Lisa Hastings, Interim Director of Faculty Outreach and Assessment, Boston College
  Moderator: Rev. Jim Lies, CSC, Vice President for Mission, Stonehill College
11:45 a.m.-Noon Break and Departure for Westin Georgetown Hotel
Joint Gathering of Mission Officers and Directors of Campus Ministry, Westin Georgetown Hotel
Afternoon Facilitator: Kim Smolik, Executive Director, Franciscan Mission Service
Noon–12:15 p.m. Introduction to Joint Gathering
  Michael Galligan-Stierle, President, ACCU
12:15–1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00–1:15 p.m. Afternoon Pause
  Laurie Svatek, Director of Campus Ministry, St. Catherine University
1:15–3:00 p.m. Mission Officer/Campus Minister Panel
  University of Dayton: Rev. Jim Fitz, SM, Vice President for Mission and Rector, and Crystal Sullivan, Director of Campus Ministry 
  St. Norbert College: Rev. Jay Fostner, O.Praem, Vice President for Mission and Student Affairs, and Julie Massey, Senior Director for Mission and Ministry
  King’s College; Rev. Thomas Looney, CSC, College Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministry
  Moderator: Sr. Catherine Nally, IHM, Executive Director, Office of Mission and Ministry, Immaculata University
3:00–3:15 p.m. Break
3:15–4:30 p.m. Catholic Intellectual Tradition
  Thomas Landy, Director, Rev. Michael C. McFarland S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture, Director, Collegium, College of the Holy Cross
4:30–5:00 p.m. Closing Prayer Service

Related links:
Support for Catholic Mission and IdentityStrengthening Catholic Identity brochure series |  2013 Conference Program | 2013 Prayer Service | 2012 Conference Program | 2012 Prayer Service

All photos © 2013, Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities.

For more information, contact abradley@accunet.org

ACCU thanks The Saint John’s Bible for its generous sponsorship, which helps keep the registration cost for the Mission Officers Conference low.


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