Mr. Paul Donovan
Welcome to Loyola. I certainly hope that in these pages you will be able to glean something of what makes this place, this community, so special and unique. There are numerous claims that can be made of a school and it seems that all schools make some of them all of the time, and all of them some of the time: we form the leaders of tomorrow; we educate the whole child; we offer student-centered education; we provide education for the 21st Century; we have caring and dedicated teachers. While these claims may be more or less true of many schools, they certainly do not mean the same thing at each school and the expressions themselves occasionally sound cliché.
So when everybody is saying the same things, how can one discover the real character and identity of a school? Certainly there is nothing like experience to really get to know a community, and I invite you to see in these pages something of the daily life of our students, teachers and parents. Whether looking through the daily bulletin announcements, checking out the sports’ scores and photos, watching an Experience Week video or browsing through the course descriptions, one will find that there is something uniquely Jesuit in all we do.
It is difficult to describe a Jesuit education in a couple of sentences because we mean something different, something other than and deeper than, what the above-mentioned claims might convey. While difficult to describe, the difference is evident almost as soon as you walk in through our doors. All educational systems begin with some concept of what a person is. In Jesuit education, the absolute dignity of the person as a uniquely created child of God, sits at the foundation. To know, at the core of our being, that we are loved and created to love gives us the freedom and confidence to explore the world with wonder and awe.
Jesuit education is not about giving students the tools to get what they want out of life, but about enabling them to discover what their lives can give. It is more about helping them to develop their gifts and talents in ways that let them discover who they really are in the depths of their humanity. It is about the realization that the greatest fulfilment, the greatest happiness, comes only when one’s gifts are placed at the service of others out of love for God, rather than at the service of oneself.
In short, a Loyola education is about forming men for and with others, men of competence, conscience, and compassionate commitment.
Paul Donovan '82
President, Loyola High School