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.

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Best Practice

Fairfield University

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.

Read more about the First-Year Experience at Fairfield University.

Men and Women for Others

Highlighted Term

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.

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An Ignatian Day Planner

Featured Resource

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.

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A Living Sacrifice

Featured Prayer

 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 kindness and gentleness.

Help us to share our gifts generously;
to be sincere in our love,
cheerful in our labor,
and patient in our troubles.

May our lives and our stories be prayer of praise,
a song of hope that leads others to discover
their true selves in you.


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Monthly Reflection

"The love of life is necessary to the vigorous prosecution of any under-taking."

-Samuel Johnson

More reflections can be found in the book, Creating Privileged Moments.

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Conference Highlights

Arts and Sciences Deans
Boston College, October 4-6, 2012
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Student Affairs Administrators (JASPA)
Loyola University New Orleans, October 24-26, 2012
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Mission and Identity Conference
Loyola University Chicago, November 2-4, 2012
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Theology and Religious Studies
American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, November 2012 
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View schedule for all conferences.


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