As the number of Jesuits declines worldwide, it is critical that we immediately engage the University and our community to understand and remain focused on John Carroll’s mission and our Jesuit Catholic traditions.
Through the Forever Carroll Campaign, we seek to develop and endow programs that carry on our Jesuit heritage, so future generations of Carroll students can echo past and present voices who call their Carroll years “transformational.” Specifically, we seek to:
Strengthen Ignatian spirituality programs for the University community and establish faculty and staff retreats, as well as special programming to provide a deeper understanding of the rich Jesuit Catholic intellectual tradition and its application to moral and cultural issues of today.
Over 30 percent of the student body is involved in service every year. Our goal is to double participation and eventually make it possible for all students to have a service/immersion experience as part of their John Carroll education.
Today’s students are very interested in additional opportunities for participation in programs focusing on faith-based justice issues, but current staffing levels and operating budgets are at capacity.
“With fewer Jesuits, lay people must carry the mission forward,” says Paul V. Murphy, Ph.D., vice president for university mission and identity, professor of history, and director of John Carroll’s Institute of Catholic Studies.“ The reality is the church is going to become more dependent on universities like ours. You can talk all you want about mission and identity, but we need the right budget to support it.”