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Remembering our Mission


Resources: Catholic--Jesuit History/Mission/Education

AJCU - Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities

What makes the mission of Jesuit education distinctive? Jesuit colleges and universities are committed to the principles of academic excellence, service and a "faith that does justice." Learn more about the values of Jesuit education here.

Jesuit/Catholic - based on two documents: (available on
"Some Characteristics of Jesuit and Catholic Universities"
"The Jesuit, Catholic Mission of U.S. Colleges and Universities"

"A History Rooted in Mission: Jesuit Higher Education in the United States"

January issue of Connections: New Approaches to Sharing Ignatian Spirituality

 Jesuit Curia - Rome

Fr. General Adolfo Nicolas - Speech at Third Conference of Jesuit Higher Education, "Networking Jesuit Higher Education: Shaping the Future for a Humane, Just, Sustainable Globe", Mexico City, April 2010

Conversation on Jesuit Higher Education in the U.S. Video summary (8 ½ minutes long)

Apostolic Secretariat on Higher Education:

Jesuit Roots in Spirituality: (Loyola Press)

The Ignatian Way-some of the fundamental pieces of Ignatian Spirituality explained in
The Ignatian Way Presentations

1. What Is Ignatian Prayer?
2. Ignatian Spirituality: An Overview
3. Finding God in All Things
4. The Spiritual Exercises
5. The Examen Hosted by Xavier University-index of key terms, individuals and places often referenced with regards to Ignatius of Loyola and the Jesuits.

Foundational Documents on Jesuit Catholic Education insert button *start here* or *great collection*

Online resources-mostly developed at Xavier University as part of their Mission Programs but some notable exceptions:

See Jesuit Core Values: 

Rev. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J.
Superior General of the Society of Jesus
Santa Clara University, October 6, 2000

Higher Standards An article by Dean Brackley (then teaching at Central American University (UCA) in El Salvador) responding to Fr. Kolvenbach's call that the Promotion of Justice have a central place in Jesuit Higher Education.

Catholic documents:

Ex Corde Ecclesiae an Apostolic Constitution on Catholic universities, Pope John Paul II, 1990

Catholic Social Teaching, Catholic Identity, Catholic Intellectual tradition-see online resources, Foundational Documents on Jesuit Catholic Education