First Year Students and the Mission
September 2012 Newsletter
Watch this brief video describing the Ignatian ideal of "Men and Women for and with Others" and its importance to Jesuit education.
Fairfield University’s First-Year Experience helps acclimate incoming freshman to college life and familiarize them with the Jesuit Mission. Discover how this program has grown to become an integral part of freshman student life at Fairfield U.
Men and Women for Others
In a now famous address to alumni of Jesuit schools in Europe (July 31, 1973), Pedro Arrupe painted a profile of what a graduate should be. Admitting that Jesuit schools had not always been on target here, Arrupe called for a re-education to justice:
Today our prime educational objective must be to form men-and-women-for-others... people who cannot even conceive of love of God which does not include love for the least of their neighbors; people convinced that love of God which does not issue in justice for human beings is a farce.... All of us would like to be good to others, and most of us would be relatively good in a good world. What is difficult is to be good in an evil world, where the egoism of others and the egoism built into the institutions of society attack us.... Evil is overcome only by good, egoism by generosity. It is thus that we must sow justice in our world, substituting love for self-interest as the driving force of society.
An Ignatian Day Planner
This handsome, spiral-bound "undated" planner is perfect for faculty, staff, and students alike. Its pages include quotes, illustrations, and a weekly reflection for 52 weeks. Use it for your daily schedule or journaling. Its 5 1/2"x8" size fits well in both briefcases and backpacks.
A Living Sacrifice
God, we offer ourselves as a living sacrifice to You.
If it is our call to lead,
help us to lead with wisdom.
If it is our call to serve,
help us to serve with joy.
If it is our call to teach,
help us to teach with truth.
If it is our call to listen,
help us to listen with sensitivity.
If it is our call to encourage others,
help us to do so with kindess and gentleness.
Help us to share our gifts generously;
to be sincere in our love,
cheerful in our labor,
and patient in our troubles.
View other prayers.
"The love of life is necessary to the vigorous prosecution of any under-taking."
More reflections can be found in the book, Creating Privileged Moments.
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