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

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 held an online conversation, "Care and Compassion during COVID-19: A Chat with Mission Officer Colleagues," in March. Read the resource document that came from this session.


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.


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

Breakfast and Gathering

 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Welcome, Prayer, and Day Overview

 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Session 1: Institutional Vocation

This session will focus on a larger question than “Who is God calling us to be?” That is, “What is God calling us to be as an institution?” The speaker will unpack what institutional vocation is, explore strategies to cultivate institutional vocation on our campuses, and highlight the role of the mission officer in promoting a bold vision.

Edward Hahnenberg, Jack and Mary Jane Breen Chair in Catholic Systematic Theology and Professor, John Carroll University

Respondent: Sylvia McGeary, VP, Academic Affairs and Mission Integration, Felician University


 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

The Catholic Health Association (CHA) began the work of mission integration many years ago, prior to Catholic higher education. As a result, its efforts are more robust and more fully developed in practice. Additionally, many campus mission officers find their relationships with local Catholic healthcare mission officers mutually beneficial. This session will therefore examine the best practices of mission integration used by CHA and explore whether they can be adapted and applied to higher education.

Sr. Victoria Battell, RSM, Senior Vice President and Chief Mission and Strategic Planning Officer, Maria College

 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch and Table Discussions

 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Implementation on Our Campuses

Leaders will facilitate conversations on best practices for engaging faculty, staff, students, and board members in mission and identity. Mission officers will have the opportunity to network while integrating insights from earlier presentations with proven strategies.

 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