Global - An Integrated Perspective of Jesuit Education

Discernment has driven an important moment of renewal and creativity in the schools. However, it has led many administrators to ask themselves some important questions: Should we as a Jesuit school focus on the final agreements of Rio de Janeiro in 2017 and taken up by Fr. General? On the Universal Apostolic Preferences? On the new document of A Living Tradition with its invitation to ongoing discernment? On the 4 Cs that describe the human excellence that guides our education? What about the challenge that Pope Francis has pushed for through his call for a new Global Compact on Education?

In addition, the current health, social and political crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has put our schools in a delicate situation full of pedagogical, financial and social challenges. However, precisely because of these great challenges and the complexity of our reality, it is necessary for schools to be clear about the holistic education proposal that guides us. This is the only way to stay focused on the mission and maintain the creative fidelity of our educational tradition.

To help clarify the holistic educational approach, the International Secretariat for Education of the Society of Jesus, in collaboration with Educate Magis, has created an infographic that represents an integrative view of all the elements:

  1. – The Mission, which currently describes the purpose of the apostolic endeavor of the Society of Jesus and orients its apostolic work as presented in General Congregation 36.
  1. – A Living Tradition, with the 10 global identifiers that today describe the characteristics of a Jesuit school.
  1. – The 4 universal apostolic preferences that Pope Francis has entrusted to the Society as how we can best serve our mission in the next 10 years within the Church.
  1. – The 13 actions that the Education delegates agreed upon in 2017 in Rio de Janeiro as a response to our current challenges and opportunities.
  1. – The Human Excellence (2015) document that describes the 4Cs that expresses the ideal of the educated person we invite our students and educators to become: competent, conscientious, compassionate and committed persons. Read more…