Vocation and Purpose

Vocation and Purpose

A new context for graduating seniors to reinforce the knowledge, skills, and dispositions they have developed during their undergraduate careers with a sense of vocational purpose.

Course Details

January 17 – February 28
Wednesdays, 5:00 – 7:30 PM

Why Take This Course?

In its 2010 reflection on the distinctive nature of a Georgetown education, the Jesuit community underscored the centrality of vocational discernment to the pedagogical charge of this university. Georgetown bears a duty to both person and polis, its authors observe, as “the growth into human excellence is rooted in the discovery of a personal vocation within the human community,” and that vocation, “the work for a world more just and gentle,” serves as the medium through which one exercises his or her civic responsibility.

It is in this very spirit that Georgetown aims to guide its students in their pursuit of personal and professional fulfillment, equipping them with the capacity to lead lives of meaning by working for a better world. In accordance with that mission, this 1-credit, 2-day retreat-based course provides a new context for graduating seniors to reinforce the knowledge, skills, and dispositions they have developed during their undergraduate careers with a sense of vocational purpose.

Jeanne Lord

Jeanne Lord is the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Georgetown University. Lord earned her undergraduate degree at the Medical College of Virginia, and holds a J.D from The Catholic University of America and an Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a frequent speaker on the topic of women’s leadership, and in 2009 was invited to give the Rita Casella Jones Lecture at the Francis and Ann Curran Center for American Catholic Studies at Fordham University. In 2011, she was elected to honorary membership in Alpha Sigma Nu, and last year received the Matteo Ricci Award from the John Carroll Fellows Program at Georgetown.

Lord has long been deeply involved in promoting Jesuit mission and identity, and has participated in both the Jesuit Leadership Seminar and the Ignatian Colleagues Program. In partnership with the Office of Mission and Ministry at Georgetown, she facilitates seminars on Jesuit higher education and Ignatian traditions for staff and faculty. 

Rev. Bryant Oskvig

The Reverend Bryant M. Oskvig, an ordained elder of the United Methodist Church, is the Director of Protestant Chaplaincy for Georgetown University. Rev. Oskvig received his Master’s of Divinity from Boston University, where he also earned an MBA in Public/Non-Profit Management.

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