University Mission Day

Mission Day for Faculty and Staff

Mission Day has been an annual university commitment since 1999, when SU launched the “First Annual Day of Reflection on Our Mission.”  It plays an essential role in the ongoing development and strengthening of our Jesuit Catholic mission, gathering an average of 700 faculty and staff colleagues for a half-day program, taking up such topics as the SU Youth Initiative, the relationship between faith and science, educating the whole person, global engagement, ecumenical and interfaith dialogue, and many other topics

Mission Day 2019 will be held on April 11, 2019. More information to follow.


Prior Mission Days


April 12, 2018

As part of Mission Day 2018, we invited all present to anonymously list their Consolations, Desolations and Hopes for moving forward as a Seattle University community.  

Our theme was Creating the Commons, Living the Tensions: Ignatian Tools for our Times, and assisting us with the dialogue was Jodi O’Brien, Catherine Punsalan-Manlimos, Mark Hearn, Tyrone Brown, Marilyn Nash, Pat Twohy, S.J., and students Haleema Bharoocha, Gabe Narvaez and Braden Wild. 

A special feature of this Mission Day was sharing part of the program with our students, who held their own Student Mission Day exploring the theme of “Common Ground” that same morning. At the close of their event, students joined us in Redhawk Center, shared some of the outcomes from their conversation, and then participated in a dialogue over lunch.

April 7, 2016

Honoring our Past to Inform our Future: Seattle University's Mission at 125

April 7, 2016

The Promise and Challenge of Racial Justice

April 16, 2015

Global Engagement and the Nicaragua Initiative

April 10, 2014

The Call to Environmental Justice and Sustainability at a Jesuit University

April 11, 2013

The Jesuit Mission at the Frontiers: Past and Present

April 26, 2012

The Faiths that Do Justice: Seattle University’s Mission and Interfaith Dialogue

April 14, 2011

A Fire that Ignites Other Fires: Igniting Wonder, Pursuing Justice

April 29, 2010

Seattle University and Our Neighborhood

November 19, 2008

Empowering Leaders for a Just and Humane World: A Dialogue

April 24, 2008

Integrated Jesuit Education/Strategic Directions: Implementing the Strategic Plan-Six Initiatives

April 26, 2007

Jesuit Education in a Broken World

April 27, 2006

The Arts and Jesuit Education

April 28, 2005

Educating the Whole Person - the Spiritual Dimension

May 1, 2003

The Developing World and Seattle University - What does our experience of the developing world as of Seattle University?

May 3, 2002

Award of Honorary degree to Corazon Aquino


Seattle University Gathering IV: Implementing Education for Justice


Seattle University Gathering III: Developing a community that Models and Educates for Justice


Seattle University Gathering III: Deepening our Commitment to Education for Justice


First Annual Mission Day of Reflection on Our Mission


Seattle University Gathering II: Exploring our Commitment to Justice Education


Seattle University Gathering I: Enhancing our University Mission for Service and Justice