A Jesuit school should be about “improvement in living and learning for the greater glory of God and the common good.”
Saint Ignatius of Loyola – First Father General of the Society of Jesus
“By renewing our trust in God, we want to move forward as a global network with a universal mission. The challenges before us are many, but the apostolic possibilities can be greater. We need to detect them. God continues to work to create and save. The missio Dei continues. This faith encourages us to take on the path of apostolic audaciousness that makes the impossible possible.” JESEDU-Rio2017 (n. 73)
Fr. General Arturo Sosa, SJ – Current Father General of the Society of Jesus
“Our identity is who we are; our mission is what we do”
Our mission relates to how we live out our Jesuit and Ignatian charism in our school communities and as a global education community. It explains why we do what we do.
Our identity is who we are as a Jesuit and Ignatian school and who we are within the context of our global network. The schools from our global network share the same Ignatian DNA, speaking a common language, and strive to live the same mission.
It is through our interactions within the global community that we are able to live the creative fidelity, where tradition and innovation go hand in hand. Responding to the new challenges with new approaches and methods is the way we’re called to live our Mission and Identity.
Foster a deeper understanding of Mission and Identity
The Universal Apostolic Preferences give a horizon, a point of reference, to the whole Society of Jesus. The new Preferences are four areas vital for our world today and the Society of Jesus will pay special attention to them in the next ten years.
Find here guidelines and resources to help you discern, as an individual or as a community, your response to these Universal Apostolic Preferences.
“The document follows a tradition of assisting our educational apostolate in reflecting and discerning the particular challenges and opportunities of our time. It continues the necessary process of renewal, innovation and re- imagination that our education requires during this change of epoch that we experience today. The best tribute that we can offer to our long tradition in education is to explore new models, creative and imaginative ways to offer our spiritual vision and educational experience to our students and their families.” Fr. General Arturo Sosa SJ
This section contains a selection of resources on the topic of Faculty and Staff Formation in Jesuit schools relating to Ignatian Pedagogy and Ignatian Spirituality.
The JESEDU-Rio2017 Hub gathers resources designed to help Education Delegates and school leadership on the journey to encourage the implementation of Mission and Identity in our schools.
“On Earth as it is in Heaven” is an online Ignatian Retreat for faculty and staff in Jesuit and Ignatian schools around the world. The aim of this retreat is to give participants an experience of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. The retreat was delivered via live presentations and included personal reflection and group sharing. This global retreat was facilitated by two Jesuits, Fr. Casey Beaumier SJ (Boston College) and Fr. Pat Nolan SJ (Boston College High School) who have vast experience in leading and accompanying school retreats.
The Map of the Global Network of Jesuit Schools depicts our shared identity as Jesuit Schools worldwide who share a common home and helps us understand the richness and diversity of our global community. Please do hang this map in your school and send us a picture to share it with our global community.
Ignatian Spirituality and Leadership
In this course you will explore and learn about Ignatian Spirituality, guided through a selection of references and reflections inspired by this rich and diverse tradition.
The Life of Ignatius of Loyola
This course will help you immerse yourself in the life story of Ignatius of Loyola and through his enduring insights help reveal your own life and spiritual story.
The Beginnings of Jesuit Education
This course presents a brief history of the development of some of the distinct characteristics of Jesuit education from the Ratio Studiorum in 1599 to novel applications in the 21st century.
Pedagogía Ignaciana (Spanish)
This course introduces the context of the Jesuit Educational Proposal in such a way that it serves as a framework for personal and institutional pedagogical experiences, reflections, actions and evaluations.
- The mission of the Society of Jesus … is a mission rooted in the belief that a new world of justice, love and peace needs educated persons of competence, conscience and compassion, men and women who are ready to embrace and promote all that is fully human, who are committed to working for the freedom and dignity of all peoples, and who are willing to do so in cooperation with others equally dedicated to the reform of society and its structures.
- Jesuit schools should be places where people are believed in, honoured and cared for; where natural talents and creative abilities are recognized and celebrated; where individual contributions and accomplishments are appreciated; where everyone is treated fairly and justly; where sacrifice on behalf of the economically poor, the socially deprived, and the educationally disadvantaged is commonplace; where each of us finds the challenge, encouragement and support we need to reach our fullest individual potential for excellence; where we help one another and work together with enthusiasm and generosity, attempting to model concretely in word and action the ideals we uphold.