Secondary Education and the Mission
April 2012 Newsletter
Watch Fr. Michael Graham S.J., Xavier University President, in this 2-minute excerpt from his keynote address at the 18th annual Salute to Catholic School Alumni in Louisville, KY.
Rockhurst High School
Rockhurst High School’s Total Ignatian Experience (TIE) provides an immersion trip for students of all grade levels. The program emphasizes connections between service and faith and raises awareness about poverty and injustice.
A document, the definitive form of which was published in 1599 after several earlier drafts and extensive consultation among Jesuits working in schools. It was a handbook of practical directives for teachers and administrators, a collection of the most effective educational methods of the time, tested and adapted to fit the Jesuit mission of education. Since it was addressed to Jesuits, the principles behind its directives could be assumed. They came, of course, from the vision and spirit of Ignatius. The process that led to the Ratio and continued after its publication gave birth to the first real system of schools the world had ever known.
Much of what the 1599 Ratio contained would not be relevant to Jesuit schools today. Still, the process out of which it grew and thrived suggests that we have only just begun to tap the possibilities within the international Jesuit network for collaboration and interchange. [See also "Education, Jesuit" and "Pedagogy, Ignatian/Jesuit."]
Understanding Ignatian and Jesuit Spirituality
Ever wonder how to describe Ignatian and Jesuit Spirituality? This brochure written by Br. Darrell Burns, S.J., does just that. Providing a contemporary description of the tradition, it is an ideal resource for new students, faculty and staff.
Gifts of Our Ignatian Heritage
We come to you filled with gratitude for making us partners in your ongoing work of creation.
You call us to be part of this community and bless us with a unique legacy
That began with Ignatius Loyola and has been passed
From generation to generation.
The gift of our mission, founded on the practice of reflection and discernment,
Enables us to make decisions which call us to stand in solidarity and kinship
With all those who share our earthly journey
And moves us to perform active service rooted in justice and love.
These gifts of our Ignatian heritage invite us to be part of a tradition
That builds on the wisdom of the past
With a vision open to the opportunities of the future.
These gifts also challenge us to move beyond our norm,
To broaden our imagination,
To deepen our trust,
And to establish your kingdom here on earth.
Fill us with enthusiasm and wonder as we receive these gifts
With open minds, generous hearts, and a willing spirit.
Following the example of St. Ignatius, may we, too,
“labor and ask for no reward except that of knowing we are doing your will.”
May we take full possession of this heritage and joyfully pass it on
To those generous men and women
Who walk behind us into the future.
"Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy, for it means pushing back a boundary line and adding to one's liberty."
-Henry Frederic Ameil
(Picture by Tai Piazza)
More reflections can be found in the book, Creating Privileged Moments.
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