On Wednesday, February 5, students, faculty and staff came together as a community to celebrate Marymount’s lived Mission. This day-long event featured workshops and activities that focused on our goal for the year, “That all may have life and have it to the full.”
Coordinated by our Religious Studies Department, Mission in Action Day allowed our students to take a break from classes, tests, and the overall stress of being a teenager in today’s world. Each workshop touched upon one or more of the five basic needs that every human must meet in order to thrive, feeding into our social, emotional, physical, spiritual, and intellectual well-being.
Planning a day that can provide our community with this type of reprieve was not an easy feat.
Genesis Arocho, Religious Studies teacher and Service Learning Coordinator said, “As we began to plan this year’s Mission in Action Day, we asked ourselves, ‘what does it truly mean to not only have life, but have it to the full? What does that look like for the faculty and staff? More importantly, what does that look like for our students? How can we ensure that our students are living up to this goal? Not just for today, but throughout their time at Marymount, and after they leave us.”
That answer came in the form of three words: compassion, kinship, and strength. Students will be living out and exercising the goal for the year by focusing those words and putting them into action.
During the opening Interfaith Prayer Service, led by Campus Ministry Coordinator Paola Womac, students were asked to make an offering or commitment to be a source of compassion, kinship or strength to our community.
“To commit to these three is to commit to our goal for the year given to us by the RSHM, “That all may have life and have it to the full.” As a matter of fact, I will go as far as to say that compassion, kinship and strength could be the exact formula in which this goal is achieved. And the beauty of a formula is that if we have a formula, then we have a plan on how to implement it – and in this case, our formula transcends all religions,” Paola shared.
Students were asked to think about which of the three terms they were most drawn to, and to write that commitment on a rock. These rocks will be placed around the St. Junipero Serra Statue outside of the Digital Resource Center, allowing students to revisit their commitment throughout the year.