Conference Theme

Live the Mission” is the conference theme for NJSLC 2012. This theme is commonly heard on our campus during the Summer Gateways Orientation Program. The theme of "Live the Mission," plays a pivotal role in the lives of Holy Cross students. Holy Cross hopes students clearly see the wholeness of their educational experience and we hope that by hosting NJSLC 2012, we can showcase the best of Holy Cross to other Jesuit Colleges and Universities. We hope students who attend this conference will be able to articulate the wholeness of their conference experience. Our goal is to help delegates make the connections between their lives and the Jesuit ideals. We have based each the three major days around the three questions you will hear every Holy Cross student asking themselves or maybe you have even asked yourself. They are:

Who am I?
Who do I want to become?
Who shall I be for others?

Our hope is that these three questions spark thoughts and conversations between delegations as well as provide individual reflection throughout the conference.

Day 1: “A Day of Welcome”
The first day will be dedicated to allowing delegations to get to know the Holy Cross campus as well as Worcester. We have offered excursion trips to the local shopping center and restaurant row, as well as campus tours which we hope delegates will take advantage of.

Day 2: “Who am I?
This day will be dedicated to the question “Who am I?” Through keynote speakers, leadership sessions, and small group discussions, delegates will be able to personally, better answer the question and discuss what it means to them.

Day 3: “Who do I want to become?”
The question “Who do I want to become?” will be the heart of today’s sessions and keynote speaker. Delegates will be challenged to figure out who they want to be, who they dream of becoming, what they dream of doing, and what brings out the best in them.

Day 4: “Who shall I be for others?”
Our final day will focus on the question “Who do I want to be for others?” Through the leadership session, the service panel, and the day of service, we hope to spark thoughts about how we as students of Jesuit teachings can walk with others and not only provide them service. We have to truly be “men and women for [and with] other.”

Regarding our Leadership Sessions, the Leadership Team selected to focus each session on one or more of Holy Cross’ Four Co-Curricular Cornerstones. Holy Cross began using the Co-Curricular Cornerstones in 2008 and they now help to build students’ educational packages. The cornerstones are: Reflective Habits, Community and Citizenship, Cura Personalis, and Multicultural Competency.

Reflective Habits—Asking Core Questions:
This cornerstone is about pausing to ponder purpose, but also about finding balance between contemplation and action, a Jesuit ideal. It asks us to discern not only daily decisions, but also vocation and calling. Reflection challenges us to live with intention rather than by default. This cornerstone is well supported by the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the Jesuits’ Daily Examen of Consciousness. Reflective habits are the ways by which we slow down and notice the movement in our lives. It is about mindfulness and wonder and about the fact we are called to be human beings, not just human doings.

Community and Citizenship—Knowing Your Locale and Its People, Locally to Globally:
We are all members of multiple communities. For students, they are residents of a floor community, a building community, a college community, a neighborhood, a city, a state, a country and a world. In each of these communities, there come rights, responsibilities and opportunities. This cornerstone is about more than community service. It is about solidarity or taking the time to really know people with a willingness to be transformed by the experience. It is about social justice or addressing the root causes of issues of oppression and marginalization rather than quick fixes or ways to ease our consciences. Good citizens are aware and engaged; they understand the effects of their actions on the larger communities. They are prepared to take their places in the world.

Multicultural Competency—Awareness, Affirmation and Action:
Awareness is about understanding our own cultural identities, or the ways by which we view the world. These identities come from our families and how we were raised, our racial and ethnic origins, our abilities and disabilities, our religious traditions, our sexual orientations, and the multiple communities to which we’ve belonged. We all have lenses whether we know it or not. In affirmation, we move beyond judgment and beyond tolerance to not only interest in ourselves, but to understanding others. This carries with it the possibility of personal transformation and of recognizing when we are acting from positions of dominance or subordinance. Action asks the question, familiar to students in our first year experience, “How then shall we live?” (Tolstoy). Overcoming fears of offending someone, of losing one’s own privilege, and of the magnitude of the issues are key to acting.

Cura Personalis—Care of Self and Others:
This Latin Jesuit phrase refers to education of the whole person—mind, body and spirit. It is about balance and a sense of well being for ourselves and our companions. Cura Personalis also addresses a common misunderstanding of another Jesuit term—the Magis or striving for the more. By our students, the Magis can sometimes be inaccurately described as “when the best isn’t good enough.” But the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius define Magis as “choosing that which leads us ‘more’ to the end for which we are created” (Spiritual Exercises 23).