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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 ninth year in 2020, 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!


Mission Officer Resource

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.


2020 Mission Officers Conference

"Embracing Our Why"

The ACCU Mission Officers Conference offers practical application of timely and relevant topics across the diverse landscape of Catholic higher education.  A time to meet and learn from one another, build a community of mission officers across Catholic higher education, and provide time within charisms, the Mission Officers Conference will explore how to incorporate mission into strategic and financial planning, best practices for educating the larger campus community, charism adaptability, and the vocational aspect of our institutions.


Although registration for this pre-conference is done through the 2020 ACCU Annual Meeting registration page, you do not need to attend the main conference in order to attend this one-day event.


Tentative Schedule

Saturday, February 1, 2020  
 8:00 – 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast and Gathering

 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Welcome, Prayer, and Day Review

 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Session #1:  Institutional Vocation


 10:00 – 10:30  a.m.

Small Group Discussions

 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.


 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Session #2:  Exemplar Practices – What We Can Learn from Catholic Health

 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch and Table Discussions

 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Implementation on Our Campuses  
 3:00 p.m. Closing Reflection and Prayer  
 5:00 p.m.          Opening Liturgy of the 2020 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