Resources for Mission Officers
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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

Thank you for joining us at the 2022 Mission Officers Conference!

Models of Mission Ministry: As Stabilizer, Unifier, Narrator, and Meaning Maker

Mission officers hold a unique place on campus, often called to respond to critical needs of the time as they come along.  The previous year sparked new challenges and amplified existing ones for mission leaders who take on multiple roles including being the campus stabilizer, unifier, narrator and meaning maker.  Come together with your fellow mission leaders and engage in conversations on how you've enacted these roles, the challenges and opportunities you've come across, share stories that inspire and pick up valuable tips on how to best move forward. 

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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.

Many thanks to our 2022 Mission Officers Conference Planning Committee members for their assistance in planning this year's conference!

Victoria Batell, Senior Vice President, Chief Mission, Strategic Planning and Advancement Officer, Maria College
Rev. Kevin DePrinzio, Vice President for Mission and Ministry, Villanova University
Alexandria Egler, Executive Director, Mission, Ministry, and Interfaith Dialogue, St. Francis College
Rev. Kevin Nadolski, Vice President for Mission, De Sales University
Adam Setmeyer, Vice President of Mission and Ministry & Director of Campus Ministry, Marian University

Questions? Please contact ACCU.

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 eleventh year in 2022, the Mission Officers Conference gives both thoughtful and practical tools to these leaders. 
  • ACCU held an online conversation, "Care and Compassion during COVID-19: A Chat with Mission Officer Colleagues," in March 2020. Read the resource document that came from this session.
  • The association organized a virtual Summer Gathering for Rejuvenation for mission officers in June 2021, featuring Cecilia Gonzalez-Andrieu, professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University. A fall 2021 virtual gathering is now being planned.


Mission Officer Task Force

Paul Daponte, Executive Director for Mission Integration, Georgian Court University
Sister Karen Elliott, Director of Mission Integration, Mount Saint Joseph University
Shannon Green, Director, CSJ Institute, Mount Saint Mary's University
Sister Walter Maher, Vice President for Mission and Ministry, University of Incarnate Word
Rev. Kevin Nadolski, Vice President for Mission, De Sales University
Claire Noonan, Vice President for Mission, Dominican University
Catherine Punsalan-Manlimos, Assistant to the President for Mission Integration, University of Detroit Mercy
Kurt Schackmuth, Vice President for Mission and Associate Provost for Student Success, Lewis University, Task Force Chair
Adam Setmeyer, Vice President for Mission and Ministry & Director of Campus Ministry, Marian University
Rev. Bernard Tracey, Executive Vice President for Mission, St. John's University
Julianne Wallace, Director of Apostolic Mission and Charism, Congregation of Holy Cross


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