Roughly ten years ago, rooted in our Franciscan value of contemplation, Alvernia University embraced the tradition of beginning any class, meeting, or campus event with a “Mission Moment”—a prayer, a poem, a fable, or an anecdote to illustrate an important lesson, Franciscan value, universal truth, or Bible passage. Over the years, the Mission Moment has been a source of great peace and strength for all who come to Alvernia, hoping to learn, to love, to serve, and to make a difference, and may be unique to Alvernia.
For the first time since its conception as a common platform for contemplation a decade ago, the University commissioned an anthology of Mission Moments. Who better to spearhead such a project than Alvernia’s Vice President of Mission, former English faculty member, Alvernia Magazine columnist, and gifted writer Sister Rosemary Stets, OSF, ’71. More than forty contributors—faculty, students, staff, trustees, and even friends from the community submitted their favorite Mission Moments to share with rest of the community for publication. Mission Moments: Reflections from the Alvernia Community was published in Spring 2009, as an attractive spiral-bound volume, in celebration of our Franciscan heritage and our fidelity to the mission that has shaped our identity for fifty years and as inspiration to move together into the future.