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Characteristics of a Jesuit Education
Each person is known and loved personally by God. This love invites a response, and so we begin a search for the destiny and meaning of our lives in freedom and in the company of the other believers.
So Jesuit education emphasises the uniqueness of each person and encourages a life long openness to keep growing ... in search of the will of Him who loves unconditionally
We inherit sin, we commit sin, there is sin in the wrong social structures which oppress. According to Ignatius, with the help of God's grace we are engaged in an ongoing struggle to recognise and overcome the obstacles that block freedom: the effects of sin in its different shades.
Jesuit Education then, encourages a realistic knowledge, love and acceptance of self
It provides a realistic knowledge of the world and its structures
It enables students to assess values; those for the Kingdom of Christ, against those which glorify self and selfishness
Jesus Christ is the model of human life. Because of his total response to His father's love and will He was without fault in fulfilling his destiny. Jesus invites us under the standard of the Cross to follow him in responding to the father's love.
Jesuit Education then, proposes Christ as the model for life:
It provides adequate pastoral care and religious knowledge instruction
It celebrates faith in personal and community prayer, worship and service
Love is not a theory. It is shown in deeds. Ignatius asks that we pay the cost of commitment to the Gospel Way by our actions.
Jesuit education then prepares for active life commitment to the values of Jesus Christ
Jesuit education stresses that love of God which does not issue in love of neighbour is a pious fraud
Our schooling wishes our pupils to be men and women for others who make all the significant decisions "from the perspective of the poor"
The Church is the instrument of Christ's grace and salvation through his Sacraments.
Jesuit Education then, prepares students for active participation in the Church and the local community for the service of others
Repeatedly Ignatius insisted on 'The Magis' -
Jesuit Education pursues excellence in its work of formation and education. The highest standards in all things are to be our unceasing aspiration
Ignatius formed a group of companions who with him gave themselves in service to Christ's Kingdom. A group of friends in the Lord can together be fruitful and life giving.
Jesuit education relies on a spirit of co-
Jesuit community, governing and managerial bodies, parents, students, past pupils and benefactors. In the service of the Kingdom, team approaches are preferable to individual endeavours
For Ignatius and his companions the practice of evaluating work and reviewing its "fruit" was very important, as a way of seeing whether efforts were still in accord with God's will and destiny.
Jesuit education reviews itself and adapts means and methods to more effectively achieve its purposes
It seeks to promote a system of schools with common aspirations
It provides for professional training and new learning experiences for the different partners in school, especially teachers and administrators.
For Saint Ignatius, God is Creator and Lord. He is present in our lives "labouring for us in all things" ... in all natural and human events, in history, and most especially in the lived experience of each person.
Jesuit education is a means by which all can discover their destiny in God's image and begin the journey of sanctification.
It includes a religious dimension that permeates its whole schooling. God is in all things.
All learning and discovery transcend the immediate and evoke wonder and questioning, as well as the ability to learn how to learn.
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