Mission Officer Conference

ACCU Mission Officer Conference
Friday, January 27, 2012
Ritz-Carlton, Washington, DC
Questions? Please contact Lorraine Sloma-Williams

The Inaugural ACCU Mission Officer Conference was held on Friday, January 27, 2012, immediately prior to the ACCU Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. In attendance were 82 mission officers from 195 member institutions.

Dr. Barbara Wall from Villanova University opened the conference with a profound keynote address titled "Our Common Mission, Our Defining Elements." The day also included a Showcase of Ideas session which featured small group presentations based on innovative new mission initiatives, including: Founder’s Week Programming (Sr. Carol Ziegler, Notre Dame College); Integrating Spirituality into the Athletic Department (Dr. Ed Hastings, Neumann University); A Cornerstones Project (Rev. Jay Fostner, St. Norbert College); Sustainability and Catholic Higher Education (Dan DiLeo, Catholic Coalition on Climate Change); and The Africa Initiative (Rev. Jim McCloskey, Duquesne University).

The afternoon opened with a panel of Seasoned Mission Officers who described concrete ways to actualize mission (Sr. Diane Kennedy, Dominican University; Msgr. Stuart Swetland, Mount St. Mary’s University; and Dr. John Wilcox, Manhattan College). Barbara McCrabb from the USCCB updated the group on news from the Committee on Catholic Education.  Finally, the day concluded with an hour-long Praying Together service that included music, the Taize prayer, and reflections on Ex corde Ecclesiae using Lectio Divina.

Thursday, January 26


6:00 p.m.

Optional informal gathering for New Mission Officers at a local restaurant. (Note: dinner not included as part of registration fee.) Please RSVP

Friday, January 27


8:00 - 8:55 a.m.

Continental Breakfast and Registration


9:00 - 9:15 a.m.

Prayer, Welcome, Overview

Keynote: Our Common Mission

9:15 - 10:00 a.m.

Our Defining Elements: What Are Our Common Goals and Priorities?

Response to Keynote

10:00 - 10:40 a.m.

Questions and Discussion


10:40 - 11:00 a.m.


Showcase of Ideas

11:00a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Small Presentations based on Innovative New Mission Initiatives


12:15 - 1:30 p.m.

Table Discussions

Actualizing Mission

1:30 - 2:15 p.m.

A panel of seasoned mission officers offer ways to actualize mission in vibrant, lasting, and meaningful ways

Questions and Discussion 2:15- 3:00 p.m.  
Break 3:00 - 3:15 p.m.  
Updates from USCCB

3:15 - 3:45 p.m.


Professional Development and Evaluation 3:45 - 4:00 p.m. Opportunities related to Mission/Evaluations

Praying Together

4:05 - 4:55 p.m.

An example of an Integrative, Inclusive, and Vibrant Prayer Service

  • Mission Officer Conference fee (for those also attending the ACCU Annual Meeting): $75.00
  • Mission Officer Conference Only fee: $150.00

We are able to keep registration for this one-day conference at a low cost thanks to the generous sponsorship of The Saint John’s Bible.

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