“On the site people can research Ignatian terms, find links to sites about Ignatius Loyola, or learn about the history and spiritually of the Jesuits,” says mission and identity associate vice president Debra Mooney.
The site also includes addresses and keynote speeches from such people as Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., Superior General of the Society of Jesus and University President Michael J. Graham, S.J. Some of the addresses are also featured in a video section.
A very popular resource is the section on Jesuit education today. “For example, click on chemistry and you can see how our chemistry faculty is thinking about Xavier’s mission and incorporating that mission into their courses,” explains Mooney.
Another section spotlights programs from Jesuit universities and high schools, while yet another portion features conferences which may be of interest to Jesuit educators. Jesuit resources materials are also available for purchase. Visitors can leave comments via the web site’s blog.
“This is more than just a place for people at Xavier to go to,” says Mooney. “This is a wonderful resource to get ideas from other colleges and high schools.”
As part of “To See Great Wonders: The Campaign for Xavier,” Xavier plans to develop the Institute for Jesuit Education. The institute would assist faculty in further incorporating the University’s Catholic and Jesuit character into the learning environment, providing a deeper context for a creative and intelligent engagement with questions of ethics, moral principles and social values.
“We couldn’t wait for the ribbon cutting,” says Mooney. “We want to be seen as the place for contemporary application of Jesuit identity. So this is a modern application for a modern, electronic world.”