Mission & Idenity Jesuit Identity Team

The Jesuit Identity Team (JIT) was called together by the Office of the President in 2008 to promote Wheeling Jesuit University's Catholic Jesuit mission. The team, facilitated by the Director of Campus Ministry, Mission and Identity, is comprised of representatives from across campus, including the Jesuit Community, all employee classifications, and students. Members come from diverse religious backgrounds.

What programs does the JIT offer?

The JIT plans and facilitates opportunities for employees to engage Wheeling Jesuit University's Catholic Jesuit mission through reflection, discussion, prayer and service. These include:

Luncheons: a facilitated discussion on a single topic over lunch offered several times a semester; topics usually drawn from "Conversations in Jesuit Higher Education" and "America," the Jesuit national weekly magazine.

Book Reading Groups: a semester or year-long discussion group reading a book highlighting aspects of our Catholic Jesuit mission and identity. Selections have included The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything by James Martin, S.J., and Jesuit Saturdays by William Byron, S.J.

Prayer Groups: 6-week, semester- or year-long. Employees gather in a small group to share experiences of prayer. Using prayer resources based on Scripture, the liturgical season, and the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola.

Liturgy and Worship: the JIT collaborates with Campus Ministry to promote university liturgies and to offer periodically prayer services for employee concerns.

Other training and instruction through Mission and Identity: sessions on St. Ignatius of Loyola, his worldview and spirituality, Jesuit Education, and Ignatian discernment (decision-making).

Paid Leave for Spiritual development or Community Service: through WJU's Catholic Jesuit Mission Benefits policy, employees may take up to three days paid time off to attend a University-sponsored retreat or community service activity; employees may take one day off for a University-endorsed retreat or service activity.

For more information:

Please contact Jamey Brogan, Director of Campus Ministry, Mission and Identity, (x2168, jbrogan@wju.edu) in Swint 207. Jamey facilitates the Jesuit Identity Team.