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Mission Week 2014-"The Art and Practice of Forgiveness." February 2-7

Each February, the Marquette community pauses to reflect on our university's Catholic, Jesuit mission. Mission week is the time set aside to recall our larger purpose and the Ignatian heritage and spirituality that guide us throughout the year.

Please join the Marquette University community for Mission Week 2014, as together we explore “The Art and Practice of Forgiveness.” Almost everyone knows what it means to seek forgiveness or forgive another person, and the capacity to forgive informs our spiritual, psychological and social development in profound ways. Mission Week 2014 will examine the theme of forgiveness in many forms, from the interpersonal to the international. What does it mean to be a forgiving person, family, university or nation? Please mark your calendar for this important week of discussion and reflection.

See the Mission Week Site for schedules and more.

Also see the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality.


Soup with Substance: “The Sikh and the (former) Skinhead: Love and Forgiveness Will Triumph” February 3, 12:00 p.m.

“The Sikh and the (former) Skinhead: Love and Forgiveness Will Triumph”Pardeep Kaleka and Arno Michaelis

Following the tragic death of Pardeep Kaleka’s father at the Sikh Temple of Milwaukee, he and former white supremacist Arno Michaelis joined forces to create a world that is absent of hate and bigotry.  Their personal work of forgiveness and reconciliation is resulting in new life for others.

To learn more about their forgiveness work visit Serve2Unite.


Rethinking Christian Forgiveness with Rev. James Voiss, S.J. February 3, 7:00 pm

“Rethinking Christian Forgiveness:  Theological, Philosophical, and Psychological  Explorations”

Sometimes what we think we know about forgiveness is just one part of the picture.  Fr. Voiss draws on multiple disciplines and perspectives to think creatively about forgiveness and how a changed perception might allow us to become more forgiving people.


Leading from the Spirit Luncheon: “ Women, Faith, and Forgiveness” February 5, 12:00 p.m.

Join three women of faith as they reflect on women’s spirituality and forgiveness in the Muslim, Christian and Native American traditions. Janan Najeeb, President of the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition; Kathleen Coffey-Guenther, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Mission and Ministry; Jacqueline Schram, Governmental and Community Affairs Associate, Office of Public Affairs.


“God of Our Fathers and Mothers: Forgiveness in an Interfaith World” – Rabbi Abie Ingber: February 5, 4:00 p.m.

The hope and wisdom of Rabbi Ingber emanate from his lifelong commitment to interfaith dialogue and celebration.  His ability to find creative ways for engaging dialogue in Jesuit higher education is unparalleled, and his life has been devoted to loving the “other” across religious boundaries.


Soup with Substance: “When Forgiveness Must Wait: The Need for Restorative Justice” Prof. Janine Geske: February 6, 12:00 p.m.

When is the right time to forgive and when must it be preceded by other forms of reconciliation?  Prof. Geske shares her decades of experience in restorative justice and the effect in can have in healing loss or conflict.


“Race and Reconciliation” Rev. Bryan Massingale: February 6, 4:00 p.m. Weasler Auditorium

Fr. Massingale addresses the profound ways in which issues of race and ethnicity can too often divide us, and the possibilities for reconciliation that are possible, personally, spiritually, and nationally.


Mission Week All-campus Book Discussion

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The Sunflower - Simon Wiesenthal


Keynote Speaker: February 4, 4:00 p.m.

Keynote address:   “Forgiving the Unforgivable” – Immaculée Ilibagiza

Immaculée Ilibagiza’s harrowing personal story of the Rwandan genocide reflects a depth of suffering beyond what most people will ever experience.  In the midst of losing nearly everyone dear to her and being threatened to the point of death, she now stands as a beacon of forgiveness for others.  Her story is internationally recognized as a testament to light amid darkness.

Reception and book signing to follow.

For more information on Immaculée Ilibagiza’s life and work visit her website.


Film: The Power of Forgiveness, February 5, 7:30 p.m. Cudahy Hall 001

The Power of Forgiveness explores recent research into the psychological and physical effects of forgiveness on individuals and within relationships, and examines the role forgiveness holds in various faiths traditions.  Looking candidly at the intensity of anger and grief that human beings experience, the film shows the role that forgiveness can play in alleviating suffering and the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits that come with it.  It includes feature stories on the Amish, the 9/11 tragedy and peace-building in Northern Ireland, along with interviews with renowned Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, best-selling authors Thomas Moore, Marianne Williamson and others.

For more information about the film visit Journey Films' Website.


Resources on Forgiveness

Menahem, S., & Love, M. (2013). Forgiveness in psychotherapy: the key to healing. Journal Of Clinical Psychology, 69(8), 829-835.

Snow, N. E. (1993). Self-forgiveness. The Journal of Value Inquiry, 27(1), 75.

Schmidt, K. W. (2005). "...As we forgive those who trespass against us...": theological reflections on sin and guilt in the hospital environment. Christian Bioethics, 11(2), 201-219.

Getcha, J. J. (2007). Confession and spiritual direction in the Orthodox Church: some modern questions to a very ancient practice. St Vladimir's Theological Quarterly, 51(2-3), 203-220.

Nelson, R. A. (2012). Exegeting forgiveness. American Theological Inquiry (Online), 5(2),

Hultgren, A. J. (1996). Forgive Us, As We Forgive (Matthew 6:12). Word & World, 16(3), 284-290.

Vladimirov, A. (2003). Forgive us, merciful Lord! a general confession for Great Lent. Road To Emmaus, 4(1), 37-47.

Glasscock, E. (2009). Forgiveness and cleansing according to 1 John 1:9. Bibliotheca Sacra, 166(662), 217-231.

Gassin, E. A., & Sawchak, T. A. (2008). Meaning, performance, and function of a Christian forgiveness ritual. Journal Of Ritual Studies, 22(1), 39-49

Crowley, E. D. (2013). Penitential services: an invitation to conversion, a celebration of resurrection, a call to action. Worship, 87(2), 113-129.

Tanner, B. (2007). Preaching the penitential psalms. Word & World, 27(1), 88-98.

Pope, S. J. (2003). The convergence of forgiveness and justice: lessons from El Salvador. Theological Studies, 64(4), 812-835.

Terry, J. (2013). The forgiveness of sins and the work of Christ: a case for substitutionary atonement. Anglican Theological Review, 95(1), 9-24.

Detisch, S. P. (2003). The sacrament of reconciliation: in need of a second naivetè. Worship, 77(3), 194-210.


Events Featuring The Saint John's Bible

The Saint John’s Bible is the modern equivalent of a 15th century, handwritten and illuminated Bible.The original volumes reside at the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library on the campus of Saint John's University. 

The Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible is a fine art reproduction of the original.  Its creation has engaged the finest printing experts and binders to ensure faithful representation of the original manuscript in its entirety.  The Raynor Memorial Libraries owns set number of facsimiles.

Click here to find a date time and location where you can view the St. John's Bible!

For related material, see the Seeing the Word Blog.


Featured Books on Forgiveness

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Reconciliation - Robert J. Schreiter (Editor)
Call Number: BT 736.15 .S34 1992

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Forgiving the Unforgivable - Beverly Flanigan
Call Number: BF637.F67 F53 1994

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The Lemon Tree - Sandy Tolan
Call Number: DS126.6.A2 T65 2007

Forgiveness Is a Choice - Robert D. Enright
Call Number: BF637.F67 E86 1998

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On Apology - Aaron Lazare
Call Number: BF575.A75 L39 2004

Atonement - Ian McEwan
Call Number: PR6063.C4 A96 2001

Sin and Forgiveness - Kay Carmichael
Call Number: BT715 .C29 2003

Confession - Jim Forest
Call Number: BV845 .F67 2002

Den of Lions - Terry A. Anderson
Call Number: DS87.2.A53 A3 1993

The Human Condition - Hannah Arendt
Call Number: HM211 .A7 1998

Culture of Peace - Elise Boulding
Call Number: JZ5538 .B68 2000

Mea Culpa - Nicholas Tavuchis
Call Number: BF575.A75 T38 1991

The Railway Man - Eric Lomax
Call Number: D805.T5 L66 1995b

Blue Water - A. Manette Ansay
Call Number: PS3551.N645 B58 2006

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