Mission Week 2019: Change Begins Within

Mission Week 2019: Change Begins Within
Michael Russo

"Our only security is our ability to change." - John Lilly

Over the past five decades, much has changed here at De Smet Jesuit. Our campus, our facilities, even our mascot have all undergone change. But one constant remains: the mission of Jesuit education, a mission that Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J. identified as forming "men and women for others, who believe that a love...which does not issue forth in justice for the least of their neighbors is a farce."

We work toward fulfilling this mission during Mission Week 2019: Change Begins Within. Each day provides opportunities for students to dress down, eat a special lunch, play games during an extended activity period, and learn more about selected charities and causes. By doing so, we strive to cultivate young hearts full of love and generosity. It is a week full of school spirit, student camaraderie, and a mission-centered mindset. We will honor U.S. military veterans, fight against cancer, support local high school students, and provide for clean water in Africa.

We engage with an ever-changing world with our ever-changing selves, knowing that where we often find despair and selfishness, we can be sources of joy, generosity, and love. The world our students enter has changed, but their mission has not. With hope for the future and love for our neighbor, we strive to change ourselves. We strive to transform the world, one Spartan at a time.


This year, De Smet Jesuit students were polled and asked to provide input regarding the charities that we as a school would support. Proceeds from Mission Week '19 will be donated to: Kingdom House AcademyJoshua Chamberlain Society (JCS)Living Water, St. Matthew the Apostle Parish , and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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