Office of Mission and Ministry Programming Update
None of us could have predicted the impact COVID-19 would have on our academic year. In many ways, our hearts are breaking along with yours. At the same time, we are filled with hope and conviction. This situation challenges us and invites us to embody our Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic mission in a new landscape, without the stability and proximity that has typically characterized our community. Together, we must discern ways of proceeding that prioritize the health of the most vulnerable, maintain connection and relationship while allowing for social distance, and ultimately serve the common good of all.
Discernment often calls for saying no to one opportunity so that another may emerge and be leavened for good. Given the risk and exposure of the recent outbreak, and in keeping with other university-wide decisions, all scheduled Mission and Ministry in-person student gatherings are cancelled for the remainder of the semester. If you have registered and paid for an upcoming program, you will be automatically refunded.
Rest assured that we, like the first Jesuit companions, maintain a firm commitment to ongoing prayer, conversation, and utilizing the best information and data at our disposal. In the spiritual life, “No” is never the final answer. The Jesuit First Principle and Foundation reminds us that “everything has the potential of calling forth in us a deeper response to our life in God.” Cancellations and other disruptions invite us to stop, pause, and reflect on the ways God is at work in the world. After all, it was the unforeseen cannonball that led Saint Ignatius on his remarkable spiritual journey.
The difficulty of our circumstance in no way deters us from stopping and seeing the great guide, the Holy Spirit, leading us toward hope during this time of turmoil. We are seeking new, creative ways to connect in this shifting landscape, and we hope you will join us in this journey. Please reach out with any ideas or needs in this time. Keep an eye out for further communication from the coordinators of specific programs. We are praying for you and hope you will pray for us.
Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, patron saint of young people, students, and plague victims, pray for us.
The Mission and Ministry team supports the Gonzaga community in fulfilling our Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic mission. This is a mission of education that prepares our students to be intellectually competent, imaginative, committed to justice, and agents of faith, hope and love in their communities.
We believe that mission can never be separated from ministry. Therefore, our team is missioned to serve the Gonzaga community by providing support, animation, and leadership in three main categories:
- Education about Gonzaga University's mission identity and purpose
- Spiritual and Pastoral Care
- Formation for Discernment and Leadership
配资不允许买涨停的股票Some of our programming includes retreats, individual spiritual direction, liturgical celebrations, faith-sharing small groups, faith and justice work, women's and men's ministry, pastoral needs for the Gonzaga community, and so much more.