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What does Mathematics tell us about God Andrew P. Whitman, S.J.

Expanding on the work of Jean-Pierre Changeux and Alain Connes, Whitman explores the "world of mathematical reality, independent of us, which is outside of time and space."

The Spiritual Humanism Of The Jesuits Ronald Modras

No enterprise, no matter how secular, is merely secular. We live in a universe of grace. From the Jesuit perspective, therefore, holiness and humanism require each other.

The Jesuit University in a Broken World Dean Brackley, S.J.

In a January 2005 lecture, Brackley addresses what it means to be a Jesuit / Christian / Catholic university and how such a university should pursue excellence.

The Jesuit Mission in Higher Education Si Hendry, S.J.

Hendry outlines how the tradition of St. Ignatius informs the characteristics that a Jesuit education should instill in its graduates.

The Ignatian Mission Rev. Howard Gray, S.J.

Jesuit ministry is about people who want to work in ways that help other people. That humble phrase, “to help people,” was the axle of grace for Ignatius of Loyola, transforming his religious experience from an introspective examination of his own life before God to a mystic summons to see the world as God sees it.

Some Characteristics of Jesuit Colleges and Universities: A Self-Evaluation Instrument A.J.C.U.

This document is intended to be used by Jesuit universities and colleges in the United States as a tool for self-improvement, particularly with regard to their fulfillment of their Jesuit and Catholic identity. While this document focuses on the Catholic and Jesuit identity of our schools, it needs to be used in the context of the presupposition that an institution cannot be an excellent Catholic and Jesuit university unless it fulfills its mission to be an excellent university within the American academy, and therefore values highly academic freedom and peer review. With that as a starting point, the document lists seven characteristics appropriate to Jesuit institutions and gives examples of ways in which each characteristic might be observed in concrete terms.

Of Kingfishers and Dragonflies Faith and Justice at the Core of Jesuit Education Joseph Daoust, S.J.

Joseph Daoust, S.J. examines how Jesuit education has at the core of its mission a commitment to faith and justice, carrying out that mission through educating so that students develop an organic vision of social reality and are challenged to lives of service after they graduate. He delivered this address on October 15, 1999 as one of the Santa Clara University Lectures.

Men And Women For Others: Education For Social Justice And Social Action Today Pedro Arrupe, S.J.

Education for justice has become in recent years one of the chief concerns of the Church. Why? Because there is a new awareness in the Church that participation in the promotion of justice and the liberation of the oppressed is a constitutive element of the mission which Our Lord has entrusted to her.1 Impelled by this awareness, the Church is now engaged in a massive effort to educate - or rather to re-educate - herself, her children, and all men and women so that we may all "lead our life in its entirety... in accord with the evangelical principles of personal and social morality to be expressed in a living Christian witness."

Loyola University New Orleans 2011-2012 CLC Facilitator Binder
Lay People in the Ignation Tradition Monika K. Hellwig

From the The Way Supplement published in the Spring of 1994, Hellwig addresses the adoption of Ignatian Spirituality by lay people.

Just Catholic: Being A Catholic University In Difficult Times V. Rev. John D. Whitney, S.J.

Explors the Catholic identity of Seattle University. Asserts that the university's Catholic identity makes it better, stronger, more capable of serving the needs of the world and the personal development of its students.

How the First Jesuits Became Involved in Education John W. O'Malley, S.J.

O'Malley presents how the Jesuits became involved in education, what they hoped to accomplish and how the tradition developed in the foundational years of the order. Published in The Jesuit Ratio Studiorum: 400th Anniversary Perspectives. Vincent J. Duminuco, S.J., Ed. (New York: Fordham University Press, 2000, pp.56-74.)

Framing our Challenges in Jesuit Higher Education Fr. Charles Currie, S.J.

"We are humbled and grateful that so many... have chosen both to work with us and to share our sense of mission and our passion to reach out to the men and women of our broken but lovable world.  We are enriched by members of our own faith, but also by people from other religious traditions, those women and men of good will from all nations and cultures, with whom we labor in seeking a more just world." (The Thirty-Fifth General Congregation of The Society of Jesus,  2008).

From this pespective, Fr. Currie develops four key challenges we face as a jesuit institution in the future:  

1. To be who we are, namely Jesuit, Catholic institutions
2. To educate for a globalizing world
3. To be innovative beacons of hope in the midst of doom and gloom.
4. To develop collaborative relationships and partnerships

Finding God in all Things Monika K. Hellwig

This profile of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the Jesuit order he founded offers insight into how his spiritual life and tradition has shaped the faith journey of both Catholics and Christians of other denominations.

Education for Justice Robert N. Bellah

In a speech given at the Transitions 2002 Workshop at the University of San Francisco, Bellah argues that the principal role of higher education should be the promotion of justice.

Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education Rev. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J.

In a October 2000 address at Santa Clara University, Kolvenbach addresses how Jesuit universities can "express faith-filled concern for justice in what they are as Christian academies of higher learning."

A Dream Confirmed: An Introduction to Ignatian Spirituality Rev. Gerald Fagin, S.J.

Read five lectures on Ignatian spirituality given by the Rev. Gerald Fagin, S.J., in the spring of 2003. Each chapter begins with an outline of the talk. At the end of each lecture there are resources for further information, as well as reflection or discussion questions.

2015 First Year Retreat - Team Leader Application Laura Alexander