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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 sixth annual Mission Week, from February 15 - 23, 2020, 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.

Pro-Motion Events for Mission Week:

Mission Week Socks and Underwear Drive - Collecting (new) underwear (sizes 0-12) for our service partner Cradles to Crayons; a non-profit providing clothing and supplies to local children in need.  Jeannine Shantz, Christine Falcone, Christine McLaughlin and Aimee Terosky assisted by the Bellarmine Guild parents organization.


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


February 14-15

Senior 2020 Retreat, Saint Raphaela Retreat House, Organized by Sr. Catherine Kirwin Avila ACJ

Retreat - Encountering Ignatian Spirituality, Saint Raphaela Retreat House, Organized by Sr. Jessica Kerber, ACJ and Fr. Dan Ruff, S.J.


February 16

11am - Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society Inductions, Chapel of Saint Joseph - 65 students and members of our campus community will be inducted into the only international honor society that bears the name "Jesuit".  New inductees include: Dr. Mary Elaine Perry, Dr. Cheryl McConnell, Ms. Jeannine Shantz, Dr. Elaine Terry, and Ms. Catherine Collins.

Mission Week Opening Masses - Reflection by Sr. Jessica Kerber ACJ, 7pm to 9pm, Chapel of Saint Joseph.


February 17

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


February 18

Building Bridges from Borders: Living the Mission from Philly to the Frontera
Date/Time: February 18th (Tuesday), 4:00-5:30pm
Location: President's Lounge

Description: Dr. Shaily Menon, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Dr. Richard Warren, Professor of History, and students will be sharing their personal border immersion stories. A reception will immediately follow the discussion. All are welcome.  

Sponsors: SJU Refugee & Immigrant Working Group, the College of Arts & Sciences, the Latin American & Latinx Studies Program, the International Relations Program, the Department of Political Science, the Faith-Justice Institute, and the Winter Immersion Program 


February 19

ALL DAY - Examen - in your office, hall or house - Every department and student organization is encouraged to form a group to engage the Ignatian examen using the video guide by Sr. Margaret Scott ACJ.  The link is https://www.sju.edu/examen

Mission Animation Guide for Institutional Strategies: Managing Through the Rapid Changes in Higher Education.  3pm - 5pm  Session for employees and faculty regarding the pace of transitions in the community culture and ways of proceeding on Hawk Hill.  Organized by Office of Mission Programs.


February 20

Luncheon Commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador - 11am in Campion Student Center, Doyle Banquet Hall South - Organized by the Faith Justice Institute.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Teach-In FROM 12:30 - 6:00PM  Organized by Office of the Provost and committee.


February 21

Cradles to Crayons Employee Service Immersion - Organized by Jeannine Shantz, Christine Falcone, Christine McLaughlin and Aimee Terosky. 

To volunteer at Cradles to Crayons, please register at this site:



February 22

9am to 2pm Student Ingatian Leadership Conference - Keynote Speaker Fr. Rudolfo Casals S.J., Students who are rising leaders on campus will gain insight and skills on how to grow as leaders at SJU.  Organized by Office of Mission Programs.


February 23

Mission Week Continues the Mission masses: Guest Preacher and presider Fr. Rudolfo Casals S.J.  7pm and 9pm.