The theme of a conference of 12 Jesuit colleges and universities taking place at Xavier this week is: "We are not monks!...The world is our house." The statement, made by early Jesuit leader Jeronimo Nadal, S.J., is still considered applicable to modern Jesuit higher education in the United States today.
The Heartland-Delta VI conference being held May 25-28 at Xavier provides an essential venue for dialogue and learning about Jesuit education, collaboration and Ignatian spirituality. About 300 faculty, staff and administrators from the 12 Heartland-Delta colleges and universities within the Heartland-Delta group are exploring a variety of topics in hopes of building fruitful, lasting connections with colleagues and finding common ground for Jesuit higher education.
Particularly aware of the opportunities and challenges posed to Jesuit campuses by globalization, conference attendees are gathering to:
• Remember together the Jesuit values which underlie their work.
• Reflect on “the signs of the times” in light of global issues.
• Explore their responses to these issues in light of their shared Jesuit mission.
• Inspire each other to acts of justice and compassion.
• Find support for their common work across campuses and disciplines.
Three keynote addresses are planned to stimulate thinking and conversation among participants. John L. Allen Jr., senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and author of "The Future Church: How 10 Trends are Revolutionizing the Catholic Church," examines future trends sure to affect Jesuit campuses and the world of tomorrow's students. He presents at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 26, in the Cintas Center banquet room.
Kathleen Erickson, R.S.M., co-founder and former director of the Women's Intercultural Center in Anthony, N.M., is sharing stories of those on the margins of society and their call to those who live amid the comforts and securities of higher education. She speaks at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26, at Cintas.
And Larry Gillick, S.J., director of the Deglman Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Creighton University, invites participants to reflect on the world within and the world beyond the walls of the university, and Ignatius' invitation to those in Jesuit higher education today. He speaks on Thursday, May 27, at 11:00 a.m. also at Cintas.
The Heartland-Delta network connects the 12 Jesuit colleges and universities within the Midwest and southern regions of the United States in a shared exploration and engagement of the mission of Jesuit higher education. The conference is sponsored by the Heartland-Delta schools and the five Jesuit Provinces in these regions.
Learn more by visiting the Heartland-Delta conference web site.