Ignatian Heritage Month

The Office of Mission and Ministry will host a month of events in September for Ignatian Heritage Month, its fifth celebration of Rockhurst University’s Jesuit roots honoring the founder of the Society of Jesus, St. Ignatius of Loyola.

Six-Word Story Contest

Take up the Challenge

Do you know Ignatius? Tell his story in six words.

Inspired by Hemingway’s famous six-word story:
“Baby shoes for sale. Never worn.”

A six-word story tells a complete story in a moment’s reading.
Send your entry to Mary Cary by September 28.
Your wise contemplation and reflection on the life of Saint Ignatius will be rewarded with gratitude in a generous gift for your cura personalis.

Entrants grant permission for reprint of entries in Rockhurst communications.


Daily Examen

Every Monday through Thursday throughout September - 3:30pm
Saint Ignatius Statue in front of the Greenlease Library
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 10:45am
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church

As is tradition at all Jesuit educational institutions, the Rockhurst University community will mark the start of the school year with a Mass of the Holy Spirit, an important opportunity for us to pray for God’s blessings and the Spirit’s guidance.  A picnic lunch will be served on the Kinerk Commons following Mass.

Monday, September 17, 2018 - 7:30pm
Arrupe Hall Auditorium

The Rev. Barton Geger, S.J., to Discuss Care for the Whole Person

The Rev. Barton T. Geger, S.J, commemorates Rockhurst University’s Ignatian Heritage Month in his talk, “Cura Personalis: How to Live the Jesuit Mission with Courage and Consolation.” Fr. Geger’s lecture, sponsored by the Visiting Scholar Lecture Series and the university’s Office of Mission and Ministry, begins at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, in Arrupe Hall Auditorium.

Each academic year, Rockhurst explores one of its six core values. This year’s core value is Cura Personalis—Care for the Whole Person. Rockhurst is committed to caring for others in and out of the classroom and strives to help people understand their inherent human dignity, to reach their greatest human potential, to share their experiences and knowledge with others, and to act in a way that reflects this growth.  

In his talk, Fr. Geger will discuss how Cura Personalis provides practical guidance to those who wish to dedicate themselves to “the greater glory of God,” which is the heart of the Jesuit mission.

A native of St. Louis, Fr. Geger entered the Society of Jesus in 1990 and was ordained in 2001. He earned masters’ degrees in philosophy (Saint Louis University) and systematic theology (Heythrop College, London), a Licenciate in sacred theology (Weston School of Theology, Cambridge, Mass.), and a doctorate of sacred theology (Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid). Now at Boston College, Fr. Geger is a research scholar at the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies, an assistant professor in the School of Theology and Ministry and general editor of Studies in the Spirituality of Jesuits.

To register your attendance to this free lecture, call 816-501-4828 or email cynthia.cartwright@rockhurst.edu

Parking is available in the north parking garage (52nd St. and Troost Ave.) and in lots accessed through the campus entrance (54th and Troost Ave., Rockhurst.edu/map).

Monday, September 17, 2018 - 7:30pm
Arrupe Auditorium

St. Ignatius Loyola and the early Jesuits did not use the term cura personalis (“care of the person”), but the meanings that Jesuits and friends commonly give to it today resonate deeply with the saint’s characteristic values. Fr. Geger will show how cura personalis  provides practical guidance to those who wish to dedicate themselves to “the greater glory of God,” the heart of the Jesuit mission.

Fr. Barton T. Geger, SJ
Fr. Bart Geger, a native of St. Louis, entered the Society of Jesus in 1990 and was ordained a priest in 2001. He has a MA in philosophy from Saint Louis University, a MTh in systematic theology from Heythrop College in London, a STL from Weston Jesuit School of Theology, and a doctorate from Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid. Now at Boston College, he is a research scholar at the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies, and assistant professor of the practice at the School of Theology and Ministry. He is general editor of Studies in the Spirituality of Jesuits.

Register your attendance to the lecture by calling 816.501.4828 or by emailing cynthia.cartwright@rockhurst.edu.

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Massman 250

The top priority for Jesuits in the world at this time is to work for reconciliation – reconciliation with God, with others, and with the earth. At this brown bag luncheon for faculty and staff, Fr. Brian Frain, SJ, Dr. Julia Vargas, Mr. Bill Kriege and Ms. Cindy Schmersal will facilitate dialogue on General Congregation 36’s document titled, “Companions in a Mission of Reconciliation and Justice,” inviting reflection on how each of us may more fully exercise reconciliation in our individual lives and our collective work. The Office of Mission and Ministry will solicit RSVPs near the date.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Massman 248

The top priority for Jesuits in the world at this time is to work for reconciliation – reconciliation with God, with others, and with the earth. At this brown bag luncheon for faculty and staff, Fr. Brian Frain, SJ, Dr. Julia Vargas, Mr. Bill Kriege and Ms. Cindy Schmersal will facilitate dialogue on General Congregation 36’s document titled, “Companions in a Mission of Reconciliation and Justice,” inviting reflection on how each of us may more fully exercise reconciliation in our individual lives and our collective work. The Office of Mission and Ministry will solicit RSVPs near the date.