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Office of Mission & Ministry

A Catholic and Jesuit home for people of all faiths.

Our university’s Catholic and Jesuit heritage is distinctive—and a vital resource as we educate leaders grounded by a sense of moral purpose, situated in a global context, and inspired by an authentic humanity. Learn how we will build on this rich tradition and advance the university’s commitment to religious and spiritual life.

Pursuing goodness, truth, and beauty

The Office of Mission and Ministry lives out the value of cura personalis, care of the whole person, through a two-fold commitment: advancing the university’s faith-based academic mission and providing inclusive ministry and pastoral care to students, faculty, and staff of all faiths.

Now, we must invest in these profoundly important elements of the Georgetown experience. By enhancing our presence, bringing our Ignatian pedagogical heritage alive in the classroom, putting our mission into practice through immersion and pilgrimage, and revitalizing our sacred spaces, we will enrich students’ academic pursuits and unique spiritual journeys.

‘A Catholic and Jesuit home for all faiths’

Hear Father Mark Bosco share the Office of Mission and Ministry’s vision for building on the university’s rich tradition—by enhancing its presence, bringing our Ignatian pedagogical heritage alive in the classroom, putting our mission into practice through immersion and pilgrimage, and revitalizing our sacred spaces.

230+ years of Jesuit chaplains
50 years of Ecumenical ministry with Protestant chaplains
40+ years of Orthodox Christian chaplains
1st Catholic university in the U.S. to hire a full-time rabbi (1968-69) and the 2017 recipient of the Hillel International Award for Jewish ministry
1st university in the nation to hire a full-time imam (1999)
1st university in the nation to hire a Hindu priest as a Dharmic chaplain (2016)

Browse the Mission and Ministry Prospectus

See how we’re creating an ever-stronger Catholic and Jesuit home for people of all faiths.

  • Spiritual journeys and accompaniment

    We will enhance our presence along the path of formation

    Georgetown’s Office of Mission and Ministry supports the largest and most diverse campus ministry program in the country. Through pastoral care, retreats, and other faith-based programming, our chaplains and resident ministers engage the university’s varied and vibrant communities in dialogue, reflection, and service.

    We seek to endow both existing and new chaplaincy positions, and grow our faith-specific and interfaith retreat programs, extending the Office of Mission and Ministry’s presence in the lives of our students.

    To learn more about or contribute to this priority, please contact us at mmgiving@georgetown.edu.

  • Pedagogy and research

    We will make our mission come alive in the classroom

    Our Jesuit tradition and values have been integral to Georgetown’s academic excellence from the university’s earliest beginnings. But to make the most of this pedagogical heritage, we have to fully understand it. And integrate it. And activate it.

    As a collective history of faith, the Catholic and Jesuit intellectual tradition carries wisdom from one generation to the next. This shared moral framework helps us—both as a university and as individuals—to better articulate a vision for the future.

    By providing seminars, research grants, and other programming, the Office of Mission and Ministry helps faculty, staff, and other university leaders engage with Georgetown’s Catholic and Jesuit identity.

    The Office of Mission and Ministry is committed to expanding the scope of Georgetown’s faculty expertise and enriching the university by collaborating with academic units, establishing endowed faculty positions, and supporting Jesuit scholars across disciplines.

    To learn more about or contribute to this priority, please contact us at mmgiving@georgetown.edu.

  • Magis immersion and pilgrimage programs

    We will provide more ways to put our mission into practice

    Seeing Georgetown’s Ignatian tradition at work in the world is a transformative experience. Magis immersion and pilgrimage programs supported by the Office of Mission and Ministry provide opportunities for students to deepen their understanding of contemporary global issues as they reflect on the role of religion in the world and stand in solidarity with those at the margins of society.

    Magis Social Justice Immersion Programs

    Open to students of all religious traditions, these week-long experiences(link is external) put Magis, the Ignatian ideal of “the greater, or the deeper,” into practice, asking participants to more fully explore faith, community, service, and social justice.

    Domestic Magis trips have focused on issues such as racism, immigration, and interfaith understanding, while international topics have included health care access, income inequality, and international migration—engaging students in the human dimensions of these complex global forces.

    Magis International Pilgrimage Programs

    Pilgrimage is central to all major religions. For Georgetown students, faculty, and staff, these new journeys abroad will provide a chance to merge dense layers of past and present with a chance for personal and spiritual reflection.

    Whether exploring Rome; traversing the Camino Ignatiano in Spain; or making an interfaith journey to Christian, Jewish, and Muslim sites in the Holy Land, participants will experience the power of pilgrimage to edify and invigorate one’s belief.

    To learn more about or contribute to this priority, please contact us at mmgiving@georgetown.edu.

  • Sacred spaces

    We will revitalize our spaces for worship, reflection, and prayer

    Believing that spiritual development is essential to personal growth, St. Ignatius placed prayer and reflection at the center of Jesuit life. For generations, Georgetown students, alumni, parents, faculty, and staff across all faith traditions have gathered in the sacred spaces across campus to pray and reflect. Now we need to safeguard, restore, and strengthen those spaces.

    COPLEY CHAPELS

    Located in historic Copley Hall, the Copley Crypt Chapel and St. William Chapel serve Georgetown’s Orthodox Christian, Protestant, and Catholic communities. Part of our campus for more than 85 years, these historic chapels are undergoing critical renovations.

    ECUMENICAL CHAPEL

    We seek to create a new, treasured space for ecumenical prayer and contemplation. Located within the former Jesuit Community chapel, the Rev. Timothy S. Healy, S.J., Ecumenical Chapel will feature religious art and serve as a gathering place for student faith groups, individual reflection, and events.

    WORSHIP AND GATHERING

    Also underway are a new Muslim prayer room; a renovated Jewish Makóm; and a new Dharma room for our Hindu, Jain, Buddhist, and Sikh students. We hope to create and expand endowments to support all of these sacred spaces, as well as The John Main Center for Meditation and Inter-religious Dialogue.

    LITURGY AND MUSIC

    Georgetown’s choirs and music ministry programs greatly enhance our worship services. Recognizing their importance to spiritual life, we seek to host additional organ concerts and to establish and enhance a permanent funding source for Dahlgren Chapel Music.

    Your support will be instrumental as we preserve and elevate these treasured spaces and services.
    To learn more about or contribute to this priority, please contact us at mmgiving@georgetown.edu.

A Testimonial

“Jesuit education of the whole person means we engage in a transcendental project: To build up a university that fosters a common horizon of the good, the true, and the beautiful—terms that, in the Christian faith, are names for God, but are ideas that can be comprehended and affirmed beyond religion.”

— Rev. Mark Bosco, S.J., Ph.D., Vice President of Mission and Ministry

Thank you for your support.

Georgetown alumni, parents, and friends have been essential partners on our journey to create an ever-stronger Catholic and Jesuit home for people of all faiths. Thank you for your generosity, now and always.

To learn more about or contribute to these priorities, please contact us at mmgiving@georgetown.edu.