The Measure of Our Schools

Chris Lowney wonders about “The Real Measure of Our Schools” in an article for the Jesuit Networking blog. He asks: “Who are our students becoming? How successful are our schools at forming these men and women for others?” Those are important questions to ponder as the new school year gets underway. For more on education the Jesuit way, read: Spiritual Leadership Why Jesuits Are in Secondary Education Why Jesuits Are in Higher Education

International Seminar on Ignatian Pedagogy and Spirituality

This November, an “International Seminar on Ignatian Pedagogy and Spirituality” (SIPEI) will be held in Manresa, Spain. The goal is to strengthen the dialogue between spirituality and Ignatian pedagogy with a global vision. Ahead of the conference, those involved in Jesuit education are invited to participate in a virtual portion of the seminar. See a video introduction to the SIPEI: For more information about the virtual or in-person offerings of SIPEI, visit their website. The […]

Learning to Teach at a Jesuit University

This is Catholic Schools Week, so it’s an appropriate time to consider how Ignatian charisms are important in the development of future teachers in a Jesuit education program. Resident Assistant Professor Max Engel talks about this topic in a podcast episode of Catholic Comments, produced by Creighton University. Listen here.

Spiritual Leadership

America Magazine has published an address of the Superior General of the Jesuits, Very Rev. Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, who recently met in Chicago with the board chairs and presidents of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. His subject was spiritual leadership in Jesuit institutions. [I]n the understanding of St. Ignatius, the principal function of a leader is to help the members of a community grow to become the living presence of […]

Back to School

This is “move in” week at most residential colleges, when undergraduates move into their dorms and apartments.  Classes begin next week if they’re not already underway.  Freshmen (and others) might read The Jesuit Guide to Starting College for good advice about avoiding the pitfalls and seizing the opportunities of college. Sample: don’t take your laptop to class. “Don’t hide behind those white earbuds.” And, go to church. (“Going to Mass gives you a chance to […]

Viva Cristo Rey

A recent article in the Los Angeles Times draws attention to the Cristo Rey network of high schools. There are 25 Cristo Rey schools in 17 states. All of them serve only economically disadvantaged students. All of them feature an innovative work-study program that is a large component of the schools’ financing. Many of the schools are Jesuit high schools, and the original Cristo Rey school was developed under Jesuit sponsorship and direction in Chicago.

Studying Intellectual Humility

The John Templeton Foundation has awarded a $3 million grant to Saint Louis University to study intellectual humility. This sounds right for the philosophy department at a Jesuit university.  Humility is central to the Ignatian tradition. (See articles by Joseph Tetlow, SJ, here and here.)  It seems that one of the problems encountered by those studying intellectual humility is identifying it. Those who have it aren’t likely to tell anyone else about it.  There are plenty of other […]

Online in Africa

MOOCs–massive, open, online courses–are all the rage in higher education. Hundreds of thousands of students all over the world are enrolled in the best-known MOOCs, which are offered by Harvard, Stanford, MIT, and other prestigious institutions. Some think that online courses will soon eclipse the familiar residential college campus as the model for higher education. The shift is underway in an unlikely place–refugee camps in East Africa. Several hundred students in three camps are currently […]

Fr. Schneider: World’s Oldest Teacher

The Guinness World Records recently recognized Fr. Geoffrey Schneider, a 99-year-old Australian Jesuit, as the world’s oldest active teacher.  He teaches religion and serves as chaplain at St. Aloysius College in Sydney.  He says that his secret is “a mountain of patience. If things are going wrong, don’t start shouting. Just proceed quietly and things will settle down eventually.” Joe Koczera, SJ, has more about Fr. Schneider on his blog.  Here is a video profile.   (Click […]

Jesuit Basketball Spotlight

The Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S. play each other dozens of times on the basketball court this season. Full schedule here. The Jesuit Basketball Spotlight program takes these games as a opportunity for a soft promotion of Jesuit education and mission.  Some version of this announcement will be read at most if not all of these games: Tonight’s matchup between X and X is just one of more than 90 games this season  […]

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