Ignatian-Inspired Resources for Catechesis

Many parishes start a new year of faith formation this month. For dotMagis readers involved in parish ministry, we highlight these Ignatian-inspired resources for catechesis. The Daily Examen for Missionary Disciples This video, prepared for all those who participate in the V Encuentro process, is available in English and in Spanish. Ignatian Spirituality: An Introduction—Free Poster and Booklet Perfect for older students, adult faith formation opportunities, or your own continued learning, Ignatian Spirituality: An Introduction […]

Getting Started

I once received the following advice as an educator: give students a few minutes to start homework in class, because sometimes getting started can seem like such an obstacle that they may give up if they have to do it on their own. Isn’t that also true of adults? We want to do good things and be better people, but how can we even start? Now is the time. Decide and begin. We always have […]

From Church to God

It takes a great deal of slow, careful, thoughtful work to learn a language. First there must be the example of someone fluent in that language who acts as a model. Next, there must be careful listening, repeating of sounds that are foreign, and memorizing words and their unfamiliar nuances. Over time one builds small sentences to convey basic meanings. Months, even years later, one grows in the ability to write and speak sentences to […]

Six Back-to-School Lessons for Finding God

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, […]

Jesuit Context for Athletic Training Students

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 […]

Pilgrims and Students

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

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 […]

USA Today Highlights Jesuit Schools

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 […]

Celebrating 25 Years at Nativity Preparatory School

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.

Ignatian Wisdom for Going Forth

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 […]

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