Back-to-school season has lessons in finding God for all of us, not just those with children heading back after summer vacation. Here are six lessons I’m reflecting on this year. 1. Have your supplies ready. With school, it’s backpacks, notebooks (spiral or computer kind), pencils, and crayons. For finding God, it might be a notebook for reflective journaling, a helpful website for theological information, or a favorite prayer book. We can meet God with nothing, […]
Students from Saint Louis University’s athletic training program talk about how their education is influenced by their Jesuit context. Points include: The importance of looking back at the experiences of their days. Serving the community/being people for others. Doing the work for the greater glory of God (AMDG). Recognizing they are training for work in a field helping individuals. Thank you to Facebook friend Anthony Breitbach for bringing this video to our attention in a […]
I’m ready to start teaching again. Syllabi are set, with handouts and lectures ready to go for the first week. And my hiking shoes are nearly broken in. I don’t need them to walk the halls, but to climb mountains. One of the courses I’m teaching includes going on a field trip to Japan, where we will walk some of the historic 88-temple pilgrimage circuit on the mountainous island of Shikoku. If past trips are […]
Educate Magis is a global initiative seeking to create an online community of Jesuit school educators. The team behind it is based in Galway, Ireland. It is a membership-based site to join in conversations, but a number of downloadable resources are available without registration. The site also includes a school finder map and a blog. If you’re involved in Jesuit education, visit the site. Then watch this video featuring students and teachers answering, “What’s the […]
With Pope Francis’s upcoming U.S. visit comes many news stories about the Holy Father and the Jesuits. One such article, from USA Today, spotlights Jesuit schools, and it provides a quick overview of the history of Jesuit education. “If you’d asked St. Ignatius in 1540, ‘Would you be working in schools?’ he would have given you a confused look,” says the Rev. David Collins, a Georgetown history professor and a Jesuit. “It just wasn’t on […]
Nativity Preparatory School is a Jesuit middle school in Boston, celebrating its 25th anniversary. The tuition-free school prepares boys from low-income families for success in higher education. The school’s inspiring anniversary video is below. Watch in particular for the boys sharing their dreams for their futures. If you’re receiving this via e-mail, click through to watch the video Celebrating 25 Years at Nativity Preparatory School.
It’s graduation season, and Creighton University senior Anna Ferguson collected advice from the university community on “how to go forth in the spirit of Ignatius.” The wisdom is worth reading in full, but Ferguson concludes: While none of us could take the people and places we love with us, it’s the words that echo forth from them that make the going and grieving purposeful, that charge it with meaning: “Go forth and set the world […]
Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago is scheduled to open in August, 2015, as the world’s first Jesuit community college. According to a story in the Phoenix, Loyola University’s student newspaper: It is an extension of Loyola and aims to provide prospective students with the same liberal arts core curriculum classes offered at the university, but at a more affordable cost, according to the Rev. Stephen Katsouros, S.J., Arrupe’s dean and executive director…. “This is […]
While we know that not all readers of this blog are teachers, we do recognize the celebration of Catholic Schools Week. This teacher shares a lesson in finding God that is applicable to those in any profession. When we allow ourselves to be carried away from Jesus by the tides of academics, classroom management, and even our student-teacher relationships, we can only drift so far out to sea before we are taken away by the […]
With the new school year starting, we thank all teachers for their work on behalf of students of all ages. Today we highlight three prayers for educators. A Teacher’s Prayer for Generosity—Marc Fryer, SJ, wrote this prayer based on St. Ignatius’s Prayer for Generosity. Ignatian Educator’s Prayer—The Jesuit Secondary Education Association shares this prayer. Teacher Prayer Card—Loyola Press offers a downloadable prayer card for Catholic school teachers.