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"It is most helpful to have the opportunity to learn how the position and responsibilities of mission officers are evolving on campuses."

—Past Mission Officer Conference attendee

Mission Officers

Mission officers are among the most active leaders on campus in developing the Catholic identity of their university. As such, ACCU offers a range of programs, events, and publications to meet their various needs:

  • The Mission Leadership Institute is an intensive 4-day summer program designed to help new, emerging, and future mission leaders integrate and sustain mission on their campus.
  • The Mission Officer Handbook, vols. 1 & 2, offer the collected wisdom of 80 contributors on the role of the mission officer and effective practices used to advance Catholic identity on campus.
  • Entering its eighth year in 2019, the Mission Officers Conference (see below) gives both thoughtful and practical tools to these leaders. 


ACCU hopes you will take advantage of these resources, designed especially for the Catholic campus mission officer!


New Publication

Ministering to All: Building a Spiritual Home for Hispanic/Latinx Students

This publication suggests a number of practical ways that your campus can integrate Hispanic/Latinx traditions in order to embrace all students and provide for their unique spiritual needs.


2019 Mission Officers Conference

"Our Catholic Identity: Discernment, Integration, and Innovation"


Available presentations are linked below.

Selected presentations are also available from the 2019 ACCU Annual Meeting.

Saturday, February 2, 2019  
 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast

 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Introduction and Prayer

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Integration Amidst Diversity: Mission and Identity as the Foundational Framework

Hispanic/Latinx Catholics already constitute more than half of all Catholics under 25 in the United States. How are Catholic colleges and universities responding to this demographic reality? Dr. Ospino shares challenges and possibilities that Hispanics bring to Catholic institutions of higher education while offering advice that leads to practices of integration through the lens of mission and identity.

Hosffman Ospino, Associate Professor, Hispanic Ministry and Religious Education, Boston College


10:30 – 11:00  a.m.


 11:00 a.m. – Noon

Discerning What We Need to Learn About Ourselves: Mission Integration & Innovation through Critical Institutional History

The values of our respective charisms and the motivations for our work in Catholic higher education are highlighted in the stories we tell about our institutions. However, these stories sometimes downplay the shadow side of our histories. We gain the integrity required to turn challenges into opportunities for growth and innovation when we face the issues of our past. Dr. O’Connell will explore the ways in which mission leaders and offices are particularly well-equipped for truth-telling and creating emotionally honest spaces that incarnate authentic encounters with difference. She will highlight examples of Catholic communities engaging in “critical family histories” and share insights and practices she has learned through this kind of truth-telling in her own family’s Catholic story. 

Maureen O’Connell, Associate Professor and Chair, Religion and Theology Department, LaSalle University

Noon – 12:50 p.m.


12:50 – 1:20 p.m.


Innovation: Exploring Next Steps

Facilitated discussion on content from the morning sessions.

1:20 – 1:50 p.m.

Chart Your Course: LCHE Overview

Lorraine Sloma-Williams, Director of Executive Educational Programs, ACCU
Kyle Ryan, Media Specialist, ACCU


1:50 – 2:50 p.m.

The Way Forward Is Together: Addressing the Sexual Abuse Crisis

This session will offer the opportunity to reflect on the role of the mission officer in responding to the sexual abuse crisis. Focus areas include partnering with church officials and laity, facilitating healing, and cultivating better models of leadership.

Francesco Cesareo, President, Assumption College

 2:50  3:00 p.m. Closing Reflection and Prayer  
5:00 p.m.          Opening Liturgy of the 2019 ACCU Annual Meeting  


More Resources for Mission Officers

Support for Catholic Mission and Identity
Read about the programs and events that ACCU offers to support Catholic campus identity
Strengthening Catholic Identity
This series of brochures — or single volume — can be used as a campus primer to discuss Catholic identity
Mission Leadership Institute
This summer event promotes networking and shared learning among campus mission officers