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SJU’s current mission statement was approved in February 2014. Since then, we have worked to enliven the mission in the classroom, in our departments, in the community, on the fields, and in the residence halls.

The fifth annual Mission Week, from February 16 - 24, 2019, is an opportunity to come together as a community, to hold up our hope and ideals for all to see, to champion this vision that we have created together. During this week a wide range of activities and discussions fuel our exploration of our mission. In the schedule for the week, you will find engaging conversation, community-building activities and opportunities for service and giving back to the community.

In the Reflections section, you will also hear from individuals around the campus who have been reflecting on different aspects of the mission and how they see it brought to life in 2015.  We encourage you to lead similar reflections and conversations in your own areas.  Please click here for the facilitator's guide.

SJU Mission Statement

As Philadelphia’s Jesuit Catholic University, Saint Joseph’s provides a rigorous, student-centered education rooted in the liberal arts. We prepare students for personal excellence, professional success, and engaged citizenship. Striving to be an inclusive and diverse community that educates and cares for the whole person, we encourage and model lifelong commitment to thinking critically, making ethical decisions, pursuing social justice, and finding God in all things

Everyday Events

Sock Drive

Feb. 8 through Feb. 20 Mission Week Socks and Underwear Drive will be collecting (new) wear (sizes 0-12) for our service partner Cradles to Crayons; a non-profit providing clothing and supplies to local children in need.

Image, Immersion and Bolivia

All week the 2nd floor of the Post Learning Commons will be showcasing photos from the SJU Immersion to Fe y Alegria Bolivia by Dr. David Parry, Communications.


February 17

11 am - Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society Inductions, Chapel of Saint Joseph

7 pm - Mission Week Opening Mass - “We send you out on a mission of love!”, Chapel of Saint Joseph

9 pm - Mission Week Mass for the City of Sisterly/Brotherly Love, Chapel of Saint Joseph


February 18

All Day - Hawk Chalk the Mission WalkSee messages on the mission throughout campus

11:30am - Mindful Mondays - Drop-in Mindful Meditation, Campion Student Center Sunroom 1.

7 pm - “The Perils of Polarized Public Discourse”, McShain Hall 5th Floor, Large Lapsley



February 19

All Day - Various faculty are teaching to the Mission Week theme on this day

11 am - "Communities Holding Each Other Accountable Through Educational, Restorative and Constructive Processes", Cardinal Foley Center

7 pm - "Love Thy Neighbor: Refugee & Immigrant Services in Philadelphia"
Cardinal Foley Center


February 20

ALL DAY - Examen-Nation in your office, hall or house, Let’s set the record for them most examens done in a day!

1pm - 4 pm - Covered with Care: Cura Personalis in the Perch, The Perch

6 pm - Black Student Union and Career Development Center, Doyle Banquet Hall

7pm - Mission Madness at The SJU vs. Duquesne Women’s Game, Hagan Arena

8:30 pm - Wednesday WorshipChapel of Saint Joseph

9:45 pm - Weekly Wednesday Examen moves to the Chapel, Chapel of Saint Joseph.


February 21

11 am - "The Other Side: How is polarization today different from the
past?", Campion Center, North Lounge

3:30 pm - 6 pm Global Women Sharing Culture at the Wonderland Tea Party
Mandeville 123 (faculty dining room)

6-8 pm - Taste of the World, The Perch, Tickets will be $3 in advance
(tabling in Campion) and $5 at the door.



February 22

All Day - Cradles to Crayons Employee Service ImmersionEmployees will depart campus and spend part of the day working with our community partner Cradles to Crayons in Conshohocken helping them send out love to children all over our city.

  • Cradles to Crayons morning Service Shift - 9:15AM - 12:30PM, Van leaving from Cardinal Avenue
  • Cradles to Crayons afternoon Service Shift - 12:30PM - 3:30PM, Van Leaving from Cardinal Ave.

Register here.



February 23

9 am to 1:30 pm - Student Ignatian Leadership Conference, Mandeveille Hall, Wolfington Teletorium