Understanding Jesuit Education as Compiled by Debra Mooney, Ph.D
Dates back to 1534 and is known for academic excellence and innovation.
Seeks to develop the whole student intellectually, morally and spiritually.
Values social and environmental justice, inter-religious understanding, and service to others, especially the poor and socially marginalized.
Prepares students for life-long learnin
Explores the interface between faith and culture.
Recognizes that each discipline reveals something of the sacred.
Pays special attention to values, ethical issues, and the development of moral character.
Is broad-based, comprehensive and rooted in the liberal arts tradition.
Prepares students for a rapidly changing and diverse society.
Develops responsible citizens who are sensitive to the needs of our times.
Maintains an optimistic view of human nature and of its possibilities.
Fosters an integration of knowledge within and across disciplines.
Encourages critical, analytical and creative approaches to solving problems.
Incorporates a global and international dimension for growth and learning.
Inspires graduates to change society and the world for the better.
The Characteristics of Jesuit Education
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 www.colaisteiognaid.gaillimh.edu.ie
Characteristics of Jesuit Education