Attention! Registration to participate in the Global Discernment Circles is now open! Come and join us to celebrate the 50th anniversary of ‘Persons for Others’ as a community!  Learn more and register here


Celebration of 50th Year of “Persons for Others” (Nov 9th)

Pedro Arrupe SJ

Welcome to the dedicated page for our Global Discernment Circles for “Persons for Others”. On Nov 9th we will host a Global Online Event to Celebrate the 50th year of Pedro Arrupe’s “Persons for Others”.

It is 50 years ago that Pedro Arrupe, the then Superior General of the Society of Jesus, gave his seminal address “Men and Women for Others” at the 10th International Congress of Jesuit Alumni of Europe which took place in 1973, from July 29th to August 1st, in Valencia, Spain.

This speech was pivotal, as it initiated the process of reflection and self-evaluation that led to the renewal of Jesuit education globally.

Celebrate this important milestone by participating in this Global Online Event!



Global Discernment
Circles Start

Please Choose the Discernment Circle that best suits your time zone.

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8:00 London / 8:00 Lagos / 13:30 Dehli / 16:00 Manila / 18:00 Sydney

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9:00 Madrid

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12:00 Kinshasa / 13:00 Kigali / 13:00 Paris / 14:00 Antananarivo

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10:00 Washington / 10:00 Bogotá

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9:00 Mexico City / 10:00 Bogotá / 11:00 Santiago de Chile / 12:00 Buenos Aires / 16:00 Madrid

NOTE: Please confirm the time in your own time-zone – this website may help

Register to participate in the
Global Discernment Circles!

This is an opportunity to reflect, in community, on the impact of Pedro Arrupe’s speech.

The Global Discernment Circles will take place on November 9th, 2023, and will be for a limited number of educators from each of the global regions.


Global Discernment Circles registration open until
September 30th, 2023

What to expect?

During these 90-minute DIscernment Circles, Education Delegates, School Presidents and Principals, Board Members, Teachers, Pastoral Agents, and any other Staff members of Jesuit schools worldwide who wish to participate will engage in prayerful sharing and listening around Arrupe’s message and our vision of Jesuit education today with other members of the Jesuit Global Schools Network.

Participants who register will be invited to reflect on Arrupe’s message and on their own experience as Ignatian educators in preparation of the Discernment Circles which will take place on November 9th. During the live zoom session participants will have the opportunity to share with and listen to colleagues from different parts of the world in the language they choose (English, French or Spanish).

Do you have any questions?

If you have any questions please contact us here or send an email to

Get ready to participate in the Global Discernment Circles!

Individual Preparation Materials


Key Resource: Read these guidelines in preparation of the Discernment Circles


Re-read Arrupe’s seminal address “Men and Women for Others”


Watch this short video where Fr. Bill Muller SJ shares two reflections on this anniversary

Additional Optional Materials


Watch this inspiring short documentary on the life of Pedro Arrupe


Read the series of articles with moving reflections on the life and spirituality of ‘Beloved Don Pedro’ written by Fr. Hedwig Lewis SJ


Browse this collection of other fundamental and inspirational resources related to the 50th Anniversary of “Persons for Others”

Featured Conversation

Please feel free to share your reflections on Arrupe’s thoughts and experience in educating students to be “Persons for and with others”, in this conversation forum created by Fr Sunny Jacob SJ