What is a Jesuit Education?
A Jesuit, Catholic education forms students to become intellectually competent, open to growth, religious, loving, and committed to doing justice. For generations, we have produced graduates representing people of all faiths, beliefs and traditions, and who model the Jesuit ideal of being men and women for others.
Deep, transformative learning has characterised Jesuit, Catholic education for 500 years. Our approach is rooted in our world-renowned pedagogical approach that provides students the tools to analyze the context in which they live, to evaluate and reflect on lived experience and empower them to take action. Our program leads students to a meaningful life of leadership and service rooted in intellectual competence, compassion for oneself and others, actions guided by conscience, and a commitment to a just global society.
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Why is a Jesuit education important?
Jesuit education inspires students to live purposeful and fulfilling lives of leadership and service to others. In short, it helps create a better world. Among its many benefits and characteristics, Jesuit Education
- Prepares students for lifelong learning
- Pays special attention to values, ethical issues and the development of moral character
- Stresses the importance of social and environmental justice
- Maintains an optimistic view of human nature and of its possibilities
- Encourages critical, analytical and creative approaches to solving problems
- Promotes interfaith engagement and diverse faith traditions
- Prepares students for a rapidly changing and diverse society
- Develops responsible citizens who are sensitive to the needs of our time
- Incorporates a global and international dimension for growth and learning
- Inspires students to change society and the world for the better
Jesuits Schools are at the Service of Our Universal Mission
Jesuit education is a holistic approach that incorporates many different pieces. Each piece calls for the others; each stand in a dynamic relationship that completes and enriches the others. Separately, important as they are, they cannot communicate the complexity and depth of Jesuit Education. Put together they capture the contemporary understanding of the holistic education offered by Jesuit schools.
Universal Apostolic Preferences
The Preferences give a horizon, a point of reference to the whole Society of Jesus. They capture our imaginations and awaken our desires. They unite us in our mission. The new Preferences are four areas vital for our world today, and are part of the focus of a Jesuit-educated man and woman for others.
Showing the way to God
Show the way to God through the Spiritual Exercises and discernment
Walking with the Excluded
Walk with the poor, the outcasts of the world, those whose dignity has been violated, in a mission of reconciliation and justice
Journeying with Youth
Accompany young people in the creation of a hope-filled future
Caring for our Common Home
Collaborate, with Gospel depth, for the protection and renewal of God’s Creation