Programs and Offerings

The Mission and Ministry team supports faculty and staff in fulfilling our Jesuit, Catholic, and humanistic mission. In addition to the programs and offerings listed below, team members also work with individuals and departments to provide customized support and consulting. Please reach out to the Office of Mission and Ministry if you are interested in exploring possible partnerships.

Programs and Offerings 

New and Newer Faculty Laudato Si’ Reading Groups 

Faculty in their first five-years at Gonzaga are invited to participate in readings groups that will discuss Pope Francis’ encyclical on environmental justice and the climate crisis with other faculty members who have studied and/or taught the encyclical in their classes. Each group will meet three times in preparation for a lecture by Daniel P. Horan, OFM, Ph.D., of Catholic Theological Union, in celebration of the 5th Anniversary of Laudato Si’ and the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. If you are interested in participating, please email Kevin Brown by Wednesday, January 29. 
Questions and registration: contact Kevin Brown 

Staff Laudato Si’ Reading Groups 

Staff are invited to participate in readings groups that will discuss Pope Francis’ encyclical on environmental justice and the climate crisis and how it might shape our work at Gonzaga. Each group will meet three times in March and/or early April in preparation for a lecture by Daniel P. Horan, OFM, Ph.D., of Catholic Theological Union, in celebration of the 5th Anniversary of Laudato Si’ and the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. If you are interested in participating, register by Friday, February 14. 

Questions: contact Kevin Brown 

Registration: contact Cindy Perry at 


Faculty, Staff and Students “Conversations on Conversations” Luncheon 

Monday, February 24, 2020, 11:45 a.m. (lunch available), 12:00 p.m. (discussion begins), 1:00 p.m. (discussion ends), Hemmingson 220   
Kevin Brown and Lauren Hackman-Brooks will moderate a discussion of the latest issue of Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education led by Wendy Thompson, Dr. Elaine Radmer, and Dr. Li Yang.  

Lunch will be provided.  Space is limited. 
RSVP: Cindy Perry at 


Flannery Lecture in Catholic Theology – Hosted by the Religious Studies Department 

Tuesday, February 25, 2019 5:30pm  Hemmingson Ballroom 

“Envisioning a Just Response to the Catholic Clergy Abuse Crisis” by Jennifer Beste, Ph.D. 

Questions: contact the Religious Studies Department at 509-313-6782. 


“The Value of Working in Catholic Higher Education” with Bishop Daly 

Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. The Hearth Room (College Hall 341)   

Most Rev. Thomas Daly, bishop of Spokane, will join us to offer his thoughts on the value of working in Catholic Higher Education. Wine, beer, and cheese will be served. 

RSVP: Cindy Perry at 


Church in the 21st Century Series  

Thursdays, 3-5pm, Jundt Lounge, Hemmingson 201  

**Please note the date change from February 13 to April 23 for Jodi O’Brien’s presentation. 

Join faculty, staff, and students for brief presentations and conversation as we continue to reflect on Gonzaga’s Catholic identity in light of the global nature of Catholicism in the twenty-first century. This series began with a presentation by the late-Fr. Pat Howell, S.J., on Pope Francis in November. There is no need to have attended the previous lecture(s) in order to participate. Light refreshments will be served. 

  • April 2, 2020:  Fr. Patrick Wanakuta Baraza, Ph.D., of Gonzaga University – African Churches and the Church of the 21st Century
  • April 23, 2020: Jodi O’Brien, Ph.D., of Seattle University – Radical Listening, Radican Kinship: A Way Forward for the Church in the 21st Century

Questions: contact Kevin Brown at 

RSVP: Cindy Perry at 


“Beyond Laudato Si’: Embracing the Challenge of Franciscan Eco-Spirituality in the Age of Pope Francis” 

by Daniel P. Horan, O.F.M., Ph.D. of Catholic Theological Union 

Thursday, April 16, 2020, 5:30 p.m., Wolff Auditorium (Jepson 101) 

Celebration of the 5th Anniversary of Laudato Si’ and 50th Anniversary of Earth Day 

From the beginning of his papal ministry, Pope Francis has sought to bring together two rich heritages: the Ignatian tradition of his Jesuit formation and identity with the Franciscan legacy of his papal namesake and inspiration. As we celebrate the fifth anniversary of his landmark encyclical letter Laudato Si', which inaugurated renewed commitment among Jesuit entities to “collaborate in care for our common home,” this lecture considers some of the ways that a Catholic Jesuit University might embrace the challenge of Franciscan eco-spirituality initially signaled in Laudato Si', but that have remained generally underdeveloped. In this way, we might not only appreciate the beauty, wisdom, and pastoral urgency in the papal document itself, but also build on it in the spirit of both the Ignatian and Franciscan traditions. Cosponsored by the Office of Mission and Ministry, The Environmental Studies Department, the Religious Studies Department, and the Catholic Studies Program. 

Questions: contact Kevin Brown at 


Companions in Mission 

Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m., the COG   
Join the Mission and Ministry team for breakfast and an end of the year Examen as we reflect on the work of carrying on the university’s Catholic, Jesuit, humanistic mission. 
RSVP: Cindy Perry at  


A Retreat Within Everyday Life: A Taste of the Spiritual Exercises 

Dates TBD 

Have you been curious to explore the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius in an experiential way that fits your busy schedule? Please join us for an opportunity to enter into the spirit of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius during the spring semester. A small group of ten Gonzaga faculty and staff will commit to daily prayer/reflection over 4 weeks and then will meet weekly. We will be using Michael Hansen, S.J.’s book, The First Spiritual Exercises as a guide, provided for you by Mission and Ministry. Lunch provided. Seekers and people of all faiths are welcome to this retreat experience, which is rooted in the Catholic Christian and Ignatian tradition. The retreat will be guided by Lauren Hackman-Brooks and Fr. Tim Clancy, S.J. Be sure to check Morning Mail for more information coming soon. 

Questions: contact Lauren Hackman-Brooks at 

Panel on Tradition and Transformation in Jesuit Higher Education 

Tentative Scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., Hemmingson Auditorium 
This panel will explore the how the sources of the tradition of Jesuit Higher Education inform its growing edges and it call to be an agent of social transformation. 

Questions: contact Kevin Brown at 

RSVP: contact Cindy Perry at 


Management Through Mission Core Part I: Leading in a Jesuit University 

  • Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., Humanities 153
  • Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., Humanities 153
  • Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, Humanities 153
  • Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, Humanities 153

As a supervisor, it is critical that your training remains current and is grounded in the Gonzaga foundations of a Catholic, Jesuit, humanistic institution. This Management Through Mission Core course is Part I of two Core courses required for all existing and new supervisors to review and engage in materials critical to carrying out the important and formative duties as a supervisor responsible for other employees. In this session, we will discuss how supervisors carry out their work connected to the foundation of our mission as a Catholic, Jesuit, humanistic institution. Topics of discussion include discernment, Magis, Cura Personalis and Apostolica, and presupposition. After completing this course, participants must take Management Through Mission Core Part II: Essentials of Supervision. 

Register through the GU Training Registration Portal, available through MyGU. 


Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life 2020-2021 

Academic Year 2020-2021 

St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, developed the Spiritual Exercises so that people could retreat for 30 days of prayer and silence to grow in their relationship with God and learn to listen for the voice of the Spirit in their lives. Eventually, he also adapted these Exercises for people who could not, for various reasons, go away for 30 days.  This adaptation, called the 19th Annotation, is the basis of the SEEL retreat.  It invites people to experience the Exercises with the guidance of a spiritual director over a period of nine months, while continuing to live their daily lives. If you are interested in SEEL, it may be a good time to begin to discern participating in the retreat in 2020-2021. 

Questions: contact  


Questions? Please contact the Mission and Ministry team at x6191. 

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