Learn, Reflect, Serve

The Office of Mission Integration

The Office of Mission Integration is responsible for articulating and promoting the mission and identity of Barry University. Through education and dialogue in collaboration with the colleges, schools and departments of the University, the Catholic and Dominican identity as well as the connection between the Adrian Dominican Sisters and the University are advanced and supported.

Founded in 1940 by the Dominican Sisters of Adrian, Michigan, Barry University is a sponsored institution of the Adrian Dominicans. The University provides faculty, staff, and students a variety of opportunities that affirm our Catholic identity, Dominican heritage, and collegiate traditions. The Barry University community is welcoming and respectful of the various faith traditions of students, faculty and staff. Through action, worship, and ritual, we celebrate our religious identity while remaining a university community where all are welcome.

Mission in Action- Learn, Reflect and Serve

Barry University puts its mission into action through a dedicated and intentional commitment to develop learning opportunities, programs, events and service activities that represent opportunities to “Learn, Reflect and Serve” throughout the year.

Learn

Barry’s mission is integrated into the academic experience for our students and the University community by supporting life-long learning and intellectual development through a personal and purposeful educational experience. Here are a few examples of the many opportunities to learn more about Barry’s commitment to Knowledge and Truth.

  • College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Common Reader and Conference
  • Founder’s Week Distinguished Lecture
  • Festival of Nations
  • Baccalaureate Mass and Rose and Candle Ceremony

Reflect

Barry’s is a powerful testament to the Catholic intellectual tradition which asks us to study and reflect on what has been learned and take action based on this reflection. This is called informed action and our hope is that all members of our university community will make a commitment to social justice and collaborative service through knowledge and reflection. Examples of these opportunities include:

  • Daily Mass in Cor Jesu Chapel
  • Mass of the Holy Spirit
  • Faith Formation Classes
  • Founders’ Week Mass
  • Weekly Meditation Classes
  • Song and Prayer in the Spirit of Taize

Serve

At Barry, service to the community is much more than a one-time volunteer experience; it is a call to commit to informed actions that help to address the social injustices of our world. Our desire to reach out to those in need is a direct extension of our Adrian Dominican Heritage and the Mission of the University. Our Campus Ministry and DePorres Center for Community Service coordinate most of the universities efforts to “act locally, think globally” through annual activities designed to make a difference in our world.

Examples of Annual Service Opportunities:

  • World Aids Day
  • International Day of Peace
  • Volunteer Center
  • MLK Day of Service
  • Homeless Awareness Week

Mission Integration Programs/Events/Initiatives 2010-2011

Adrian Dominican Sponsorship Conference

Barry University is a sponsored institution of the Adrian Dominican Sisters of Adrian, Michigan. Every two years, faculty, staff, and administrators are invited by the President to accompany her to the Adrian Dominican Sponsorship Conference held in Adrian, Michigan. Conference participants meet with their colleagues from other sponsored institutions across the country to gain insight and a shared understanding of the Vision and Mission of the Adrian Dominican Sisters through keynote presentations and breakout sessions.

B.E.S.T.

Embedded within one of Barry’s Core Commitments is an expectation that all members of the Barry community “recognize the sacredness of Earth.” This direction has sparked a re-invigorated spirit and the development of new ecological sustainability efforts throughout the University at the President’s request. The purpose of Barry’s Ecological Sustainability Team (B.E.S.T.) is to address environmental issues and to increase sustainability efforts at the University through various programming and recycling efforts with other university departments. BEST Committee Page

Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry and Cor Jesu Chapel (Heart of Jesus) are truly at the “heart” of the campus and student life. All students, faculty, and staff, whatever their denomination or faith tradition, are invited to drop in anytime to join informal gatherings for prayer, reflection, and fellowship. The open invitation to all members of the campus community reflects the university’s core commitments as well as the unique mission of the Department of Campus Ministry.

Fanjeaux France Summer Seminar

{Learn, Reflect, Serve}

This two-week intensive program provides students, faculty, staff, and administrators who study and work at US Dominican colleges and universities a rich opportunity to visit and study in the small village of Fanjeaux, France.

Each summer, the selected group learns about Dominican and medieval French history and tradition, spending mornings studying and afternoons on field trips.

Study and conversations will include the intellectual tradition of the Dominicans (e.g., aesthetics and theology) and discussion of justice and diversity issues. The seminar will offer participants the opportunity to explore implications of the Dominican tradition for Dominican colleges and universities today.

Sites in southern France that will be visited include places that hold special meaning to the Dominican Order’s early years. Proposed daily tours from Fanjeaux include Prouilhe, Toulouse, Carcassonne, Albi, Collioure (on the Mediterranean), Montségur, Grottes de Niaux (known for its prehistoric paintings), and Chateau de Puilaurens.

The seminar is organized for all Dominican Colleges and Universities by Caldwell College in Caldwell, New Jersey.

For more information please visit, http://www.caldwell.edu/fanjeaux/

Interested Barry University students, faculty and staff should contact gmoncayo@mail.barry.edu

Founders’ Week

Barry’s annual Founders’ Week celebration commemorates Barry’s mission, history, Catholic identity, and Dominican Heritage. During this week, we remember our founders and the Adrian Dominican sisters who created and continue to sponsor our University. The entire University community is invited to a week of festivities, infused with events and programs that highlight our Mission and Core Commitments, our many traditions and the pride we have in our institution.

For more information, please visit, http://www.barry.edu/founders-week/

Institute for Administrators in Catholic Higher Education

Boston College and the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) co-sponsor this annual Institute which offers administrators in Catholic institutions of higher learning an opportunity to understand more about the Catholic dimensions of their institutions, especially in regards to mission and curriculum. Barry sends two members of the University community each year. For more information, please visit http://www.bc.edu/schools/lsoe/cce/highered/iache.html

Mission Integration Council

The Mission Integration Council was created to offer a forum for a more integrated and purposeful campus wide effort toward understanding the University’s mission and our Catholic, Dominican heritage and identify. This newly formed council is already ensuring that mission-related activities permeate the life of the University and its constitutive members. Each year, the Council supports various events and projects at the university and highlights them through Mission Integration Luncheons.

Monthly Mission Orientation Presentations

Each month at the New Faculty and Staff Orientation Program, a 30 minute mission discussion is held with the newest members of the Barry community. All current members of the Barry community are invited to attend this brief review our University’s Mission, Vision and Core Commitments. Please visit the Training Calendar to register for the sessions, or contact lfothergill@mail.barry.edu.

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