Week 3: Jesuit Values


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Week 3: Jesuit Values

  1. 1. Who he is and why it matters to us. Image source (in a nutshell)
  2. 2. Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 by Arnold Damen, SJ, when the Catholic church saw a need to provide education to marginalized and underserved Irish immigrants on the West Side of the city.
  3. 3. St. Ignatius didn’t always live like a saint. Ignatius of Loyola was born to a family of nobility in Spain in 1491. Ignatius aspired to be a knight because of the notoriety it provided. He also liked his good looks, wine, and the ladies. Image Source Image Source
  4. 4. From Sinner to Saint After being hit in the leg by a cannonball at the Battle of Pamplona, Ignatius survived a gruesome surgery and extensive recuperation. Image Source While laid up in bed, he had access to two books to pass the time. One of these books, Life of Christ, inspired his conversion and conviction to live his life in service to God and others.
  5. 5. The Society of Jesus Ignatius realized he needed to go to college to be viewed as legitimate by the Church. He began his studies at the age of 33 (!), eventually completing his degree at the University of Paris. Post-conversion, Ignatius spent a year living in a cave (no joke!) in Northeast Spain. During this time, he journaled his prayer life and developed the Spiritual Exercises, one of his enduring legacies. Many of the LUC values are based on these traditions of reflection and discernment. [just your standard cave]
  6. 6. In Paris, Ignatius met other men who had a similar vision of faith in action. Eventually 10 of them founded the Society of Jesus, which was formally recognized by the Pope in 1540. Two of his most notable companions were St. Francis Xavier and the Blessed Peter Faber. Source for images of Xavier and Faber
  7. 7. The Next Thing They Knew • To increase their numbers, starting in 1548 the small order began opening schools in Asia and Europe to educate new recruits. • The Jesuit approach to education stood out in its quality, inclusivity, and service. Soon they were receiving requests to open schools around the globe. • Although the original mission of the Jesuits was not directly related to education, the order is now best known for education.
  8. 8. There are now 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in 19 states and Washington, DC. Image source Loyola Marymount University Santa Clara University University of San Francisco Seattle University Gonzaga University Regis University Rockhurst University St. Louis University Creighton University Loyola University Chicago Marquette University Xavier University University of Detroit Mercy John Carroll University Loyola University (New Orleans) Spring Hill College Wheeling Jesuit University Georgetown University Loyola University Maryland Boston College College of the Holy Cross Fairfield University University of Scranton St. Joseph’s University Canisius College Fordham University LeMoyne College St. Peter’s College
  9. 9. Georgetown University was the first Jesuit college in the USA, founded in 1789. a.k.a. The Loyola Promise Loyola University Chicago is the largest of the 28 schools. (sometimes bigger is better!)
  10. 10. The Jesuit legacy at LUC: Reflection Discernment A Faith that Does Justice Finding God (good) in All Things The Magis = the more, the greater Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam = for the greater glory of God Cura Personalis = care for the person Men and Women for and with Others Contemplation in Action Vocation
  11. 11. Embracing the Jesuit Identity • In your pairs or trios, reflect on what we have learned today. – What surprised you about St. Ignatius or the LUC tradition and history? – What is your favorite value and why? – Who is a modern-day personification of that value?
  12. 12. Sources • “The Olive,” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSvOPtq30Xw • http://www.luc.edu • http://www.jesuit.org • http://www.ajcunet.edu • “St. Ignatius College Prep” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Ignatius_College_Prep • Images taken from luc.edu, unless otherwise noted.
  13. 13. It’s like we’re outside!
  14. 14. Image from: http://www.farewellstranger.com/2011/05/23/ive-got-the-scattered-part-right/
  15. 15. The Rules • Teams of 4-6. • 2 Rounds of 90 seconds. • As a group, select 1 response for each category. • Teams will share responses. Points are awarded for unique answers. • If more than one team has the same response, no points are awarded. • Mollly and Veronica reserve the right to make final determinations regarding awarding points. • The team with the most points, wins.
  16. 16. Round 1 The Categories 1. safe social habit 2. best on-campus study location 3. tool to help track your time management 4. student leader position on campus that is a good resources for first-year students 5. academic resource to use when you’re struggling in class 6. good study habit
  17. 17. Round 2 The Categories 1. example of not showing academic integrity 2. thing to include in an e-mail to a LUC staff or faculty 3. difference between high school and college 4. Jesuit value 5. way to maximize learning new academic material 6. habit to promote staying healthy