Global Education and the Mission
February 2012 Newsletter
Gonzaga University's Dr. Mary McFarland discusses the importance of her newest mission-centered venture: bringing higher education to refugee camps. This video was a joint project between Dr. McFarland, Prof. Dan Garrity and Broadcasting major Mandi Price.
School of Foreign Service in Qatar
Just over six years ago, Georgetown University brought its Jesuit tradition of teaching excellence and global leadership to Qatar. The institution, called Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS-Q), is currently comprised of 203 students who claim 54 nationalities.
Though often considered just a temporary living arrangement, refugee camps and refugee populations are increasingly static. Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins is one of numerous initiatives being facilitated by the Jesuit Commons, a "virtual meeting place" where a millions-strong global network of individuals, schools and institutions collaborate to benefit poor communities.
At a time when the Sisters of Loreto (formal title: Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary) were forbidden by the church to acknowledge Mary Ward (1585-1645) as their foundress, a remarkable religious woman, Dublin-born, very different in talents and temperament from Mary Ward, but imbued with her ideals—Teresa Ball—brought the Loreto spirit from York, northern England, to Dublin, Ireland (1821), where it spread and brought its schools to India (1841), Canada (1847), Spain (1851) and elsewhere. “Today there are 150 Loreto schools and colleges around the world educating as many as 70,000 students in places like Sudan, Australia, Peru and Gibraltar as well as Ireland and the UK” (MacDonald, The Tablet).
Lighting the Way: Graduate Studies
This excellent book of reflections on Jesuit values was written by graduate students for graduate students. Articles include: Cura Personalis, Discernment, Finding God in All Things, and several others. The book ends with reflection questions on how these values might impact the graduate student’s studies and worldview.
Let us pray:
Ever present God, you called us to be in relationship with one another and promised to dwell wherever two or three are gathered. In our community, we are many different people; we come from many different places, have many different cultures. Open our hearts that we may be bold in finding the riches of inclusion and the treasures of diversity among us. We pray in faith.
-Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Learn to be what you are, and learn to resign with a good grace all that you are not"
-Henri Frederic Amiel
(Picture by Erick Ball)
More reflections can be found in the book, Creating Privileged Moments.
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