Ignatian Colleagues Gatherings
Ignatian Colleagues Gatherings
Director of Ignatian Mission Formation
Inspired by Fr. Sosa’s renewed call for innovation and collaboration, the PASE and Associate PASE with the JSN Conference office staff are re-imagining our cycle of conference-wide cohort gatherings. Our primary goals remain clear: to facilitate high quality conference-wide gatherings that focus on what makes our Jesuit schools mission driven and distinct, and provide exceptional professional development opportunities with effective planning, logistics and communication.
To that end, in place of the prior sequence of specific role-based cohort meetings we have decided to move toward a broader, thematic structure of conference-wide Ignatian Colleagues Gatherings across a two-year cycle in the areas of academics, co-curricular and student life, leadership, mission and ministry, and school operations and support. There will be an overarching theme across the two-year cycle that will come from, for example, the Universal Apostolic Preferences, Rio action steps, or Ignatian pedagogical understandings.
We think this change will enhance mission orientation for our gatherings, promote greater inclusiveness for different school models, provide flexibility to focus more on the needs of the schools, involve more people (particularly teachers), support Province-level programs, and allow greater efficiency for staff planning and cost management.
Theme: The overarching theme across this upcoming two-year cycle will emphasize aspects of the Universal Apostolic Preferences. We will strive to have keynote speakers/agendas set well in advance in order to aid schools in knowing who, more specifically, within a theme to send.
Participation: Each gathering will be open to multiple people from each school to encourage better follow-through and cross-job title collaboration upon return. Anticipated attendance for the ICGs in one year may be equal to or likely less than the number sent to the former title-based cohorts. Most of the gatherings will have their capacity set at 120 participants; leadership gatherings will vary.
Registration: The registration link for each ICG will be sent directly to principals and presidents, and we will ask them to specifically invite members of their school community to attend. Information will no longer be disseminated based on other specific title groupings. We also recognize that not all schools have persons working under some specified title, hence also this more inclusive approach.
Fees: Per person costs will be in the range of $1200-$1400 for all program and hotel conference related expenses (except transportation to and from the event). Invoicing for participation will occur after the program, and every effort will be made to keep costs as reasonable as possible while providing for a thoroughly professional event for those who attend.
Schedule: The general schedule for each ICG will be from Tuesday evening through Thursday evening. Arrival on Tuesday afternoon with departures Friday at any time will be the schedule outline for each of the gatherings. We hope to continue to include school visits as part of these gatherings as well.
More specific information will be provided for each gathering.
Mission & Ministry
- March 23-26, 2021 – Denver, CO
- The Curtis Denver – Doubletree by Hilton Hotel
- (Suggested for: mission formation directors/staff, service directors, campus ministers, & theology faculty)
- October 19-22, 2021 – Houston, TX
- Hyatt Regency Houston Galleria
School Support & Operations
- November 2-5, 2021 – Rochester, NY
- Hyatt Regency Rochester
- (Suggested for: advancement, communication, & business office staff, alumni staff, technology & media staff)
- April 5-8, 2022 – Omaha, NE
- Embassy Suites Omaha Downtown/Old Market
- (Suggested for:assistant principal academics/faculty, admissions staff, learning specialists, department chairs, faculty)
- November 8-11, 2022 – Winnipeg, CAN
- Delta Hotels Winnipeg
Co-Curricular & Student Life
- Date & Location TBD
- (Suggested for: athletic & student activities staff, counselors, deans, diversity-equity-inclusion staff)
Contact Tom Noonan
JSN Conference Staff - Director of Ignatian Mission Formation