The real measure of our Jesuit universities, [then,] lies in who our students become. Tomorrow's "whole person" cannot be whole without a well-educated solidarity. We must therefore raise our Jesuit educational standard to "educate the whole person of solidarity for the real world." Solidarity is learned through "contact" rather than through "concepts." When the heart is touched by direct experience, the mind may be challenged to change. Our Universities boast a splendid variety of in-service programs, outreach programs, insertion programs, off-campus contacts, and hands-on courses. These should not be too optional or peripheral, but at the core of every Jesuit university's program of studies.
--Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, Superior General of the Society of Jesus
October 6, 2000, to a national audience at Santa Clara University
For a precis of the entire address, see "Men and Women for Others / Whole Persons of Solidarity for the Real World"
Spirituality is not a "sometime" thing. It is not a technique or a methodology that is applied in certain circumstances. It is a way of ordering oneself and through the ordering of one's self, developing a standard that can serve as a benchmark for deciding and acting. It provides access to an affective feeling, which can, with care and patience, and much intentional effort and close supervision, become something you can trust.
--John J. Degioia, Ph.D., President, Georgetown University
May 25, 2004, Heartland-Delta IV Conference at Marquette University
For the complete presentation
Jesuit education seeks to open students' minds to the vast riches of human experience and thought, to promote a greater understanding of our world and to enable them to discern truth. Jesuit education accepts the inherent value and power of intelligent and dispassionate thought. Colleges and universities are, and must remain, hallowed places of intellectual discussion. But if we are to be true to our educational mission, we must ensure that academic freedom--the freedom to pursue truth in all areas of human understanding--remains vibrant.
--Eugene Cornacchia, Ph.D., President, St. Peter's College
October 20, 2007, Presidential Inaugural Address
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...Scientific advances, perhaps more than theology, have inspired amazement. Photographic images from the Hubble Telescope, first available to the public in 1990, reveal that the universe is much vaster, more ancient, and more grand than we imagined. The majesty of the cosmos shows how limited the human perspective has been. Similarly, discoveries about DNA and quantum physics are inspiring awe in scientists and non-scientists alike. Such discoveries have caused some thinkers to see a profound connection between the human mind and the works of God... Viewing God as Mysterium Tremendum is conducive to dialogue among different religious traditions. In a time in history when many discussions deteriorate into stand-offs between the Left vs. Right, Saved vs. Unsaved, Enlightened vs. Benighted, appreciation for Mystery reminds us that all truth is limited. We can let uncertainty cause us to latch on to partial truths--or we can let it lead us into greater exploration...
--Trudelle Thomas, PhD.
English Department, Xavier University
Expanding Horizons: A Christian Female Talks at Length with a Muslim Male
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I believe that what we must do is ensure a globalization without marginalization or confrontation, a globalization that recognizes our common humanity, community, and solidarity. How Jesuit universities can work toward this globalization of hope, this ideal, is not only a necessity, it is a moral imperative; and it will require that we do three things: Remember the past, engage the present, and influence the future.
--John DeGioia, Ph.D.
President, Georgetown University
Globalization of Hope, October 20, 2008
Celebrating the inauguration of Julio Giulietti, S.J. as 8th president of Wheeling Jesuit University
JESUIT A TO Z: An expanded version of the publication "Do You Speak Ignatian?"