Mission Week 2014: The Art and Practice of Forgiveness

Welcome to Mission Week! Now in its 14th year, Marquette University's Mission Week offers all members of the Marquette community the opportunity to reflect deeply on the Catholic, Jesuit mission that animates our university. Mission Week is a time to reflect on the why of Marquette: why we teach, learn, explore, and serve the common good, why the integration of faith and justice is fundamental to our identity, and why a Jesuit university can make a lasting difference in the world.

This year’s Mission Week theme – The Art and Practice of Forgiveness – cuts to the core of our human experience. The ability to forgive ourselves and others after tragic events affects our spiritual, psychological, and social development in profound ways. Forgiveness is a constitutive part of Christian life and finds widespread expression in the teachings and rituals of the world's major faiths. Growing in our understanding of forgiveness ignites the compassion that underlies Marquette’s mission and helps us live that mission with credibility.

Mission Week 2014 will examine the theme of forgiveness in many forms. What does it mean to be a forgiving person, family, university, church or nation? What are the differences between forgiveness, reconciliation and restorative justice? When is the right moment to forgive? How might forgiveness also free the forgiver? How do we seek the forgiveness of others? Don’t miss the chance to take a deep dive into forgiveness through the lives of men and women who have chosen hope over despair.

The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits
of Forgiveness

In this landmark book, author Simon Wiesenthal recounts his experience as a medic at the end of World War II, caring for a member of the Nazi SS who was close to death. Sensing his fate, the soldier confessed to Wiesenthal his participation in horrific war crimes and asked for his forgiveness. One question haunted Wiesenthal for years: Should he forgive? This riveting book offers responses from 53 women and men from around the world who have, in one way or another, wrestled with the same dilemma. Some are notable global figures and others are anonymous victims of war and injustice. What would you do? Read The Sunflower and talk with other faculty, staff and students about the real-life meaning of forgiveness.

Speaker videos

*Immaculée Ilibagiza

*Rabbi Abie Ingber

*Rev. Bryan Massingale, Ph.D.

*Rev. James Voiss, S.J., Ph.D.

Twitter hashtag: #MissionWeek

Join the conversation on Twitter with the #MissionWeek hashtag.


Get your free tickets to this year's keynote speaker, Immaculée Ilibagiza, on Forgiving the Unforgivable. Keynote tickets are available to Marquette students, faculty and staff beginning Jan. 13 in the Brooks Lounge, Alumni Memorial Union, first floor. Available while supplies last. Limit two tickets per Marquette ID. Beginning Jan. 23, remaining tickets will be made available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis.

Brooks Lounge hours: Monday through Thursday: 10a.m.- 11:30p.m., Friday: 10 a.m. - 11 p.m., Saturday: 2 p.m. - 11 p.m., Sunday: 2 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Research Guide

The Raynor Libraries have created a helpful Research Guide for Mission Week 2014. The guide, which includes text and video resources, can be found at http://libguides.marquette.edu/mission.

Community Reflections

Read Mission Week Reflections on Forgiveness submitted by members of the Marquette Community. Reflections will be updated throughout the week.

New Portrait Added to Marquette's Architects of

See the Portrait of Immaculée Ilibagiza in the Architects of Peace Collection, in the hallway north of AMU 227.