Characteristics of Jesuit Education


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The Characteristics of Jesuit Education was published in 1987 as the charter for Jesuit schools. Composed by an international commission, which met over four years and consulted worldwide, it is based on the life and writings of the Jesuit founder St Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556), on the history of Jesuit education since the first school was founded at Messina, in Sicily, in 1548, and on best contemporary practice. What follows, including the headings, is the summary of The Characteristics of Jesuit Education by Bruce Bradley S.J. from the website

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Characteristics of Jesuit Education

  1. 1. Characteristics of Jesuit Education Br. Jeffrey U. Pioquinto, SJ Ateneo de Davao University
  2. 2. Rev. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J, Superior General of the Society of Jesus •"We aim to form leaders in service, men and women of competence, conscience and compassionate commitment."
  3. 3. Jesuit Education •Since the time they launched their first school in 1548, the Jesuits have believed that a •high quality education is the best path to meaningful lives of leadership and service.
  4. 4. Forming Leaders – Sui Generis • They have understood that the liberal arts, the natural and social sciences, and the performing arts, joined with all the other branches of knowledge, were a powerful means to develop leaders with the potential for influencing and transforming society.
  5. 5. Some Characteristics of a Jesuit Education
  6. 6. Jesuit education is a call to human excellence • to the fullest possible development of all human qualities. It is a call to critical thinking and disciplined studies, a call to develop the whole person, head and heart, intellect and feelings. Jesuit education strives to give learners ongoing development of their imagination, feelings, conscience and intellect, and to encourage and help them recognize new experiences as opportunities to further growth. Learners see service to others as more self-fulfilling than personal success or prosperity.
  7. 7. Is world affirming. •It assists in the total formation of each individual within the human community. It includes religious dimension that permeates the entire education. It promotes dialogue between faith and culture.
  8. 8. CURA PERSONALIS (Personal Care) •Insists on individual care and concern for each person, emphasizes activity on the part of the students and encourages life- long openness to growth.
  9. 9. Is value oriented. •It encourages a realistic knowledge, love and acceptance of self and provides a realistic knowledge of the world in which we live.
  10. 10. Is preparation for active life commitment • It serves the faith that does justice, seeks to form men and women for others and manifests a particular concern for the poor.
  11. 11. Magis •Pursues excellence in its work of formation and witness to excellence.
  12. 12. Stresses lay- Jesuit collaboration. •It relies on a spirit of community among teaching staff and administrators; the Jesuit community; governing boards; former students and benefactors.
  13. 13. Tantum Quatum •Adapts means and methods in order to achieve its purpose most effectively.
  14. 14. Non Multa Sed Multum •Not many but much "Give me a child for for his first seven years and I'll give you the man" Jesuit Maxim
  15. 15. Rev. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J, Superior General of the Society of Jesus •"We aim to form leaders in service, men and women of competence, conscience and compassionate commitment." Forming Young men and women for others
  16. 16. Credo – Statement of belief •Write you own credo as an Ignatian Educator •Synthesis of the Characteristics of Jesuit Education