Characteristics of Jesuit Education


Characteristics of Jesuit Education

  • Seeks the fullest possible development of each person.
  • Fosters a religious consciousness that permeates the entire program.
  • Focuses on preparation for life.
  • Promotes dialogue between faith and culture.
  • Centers on the person rather than on the material.
  • Emphasizes active involvement on the part of the learner.
  • Promotes a life-long openness to growth.
  • Is rooted in value formation and the ability to form sound evaluative procedures.
  • Encourages a realistic knowledge, acceptance, and love of the self.
  • Provides a realistic understanding of the world.
  • Proposes Christ as the model for human living.
  • Provides an atmosphere of pastoral concern.
  • Celebrates faith in personal and community prayer, worship, and service.
  • Aims at forming a commitment to an active life.
  • Proclaims a faith that seeks justice.
  • Seeks to form men and women for others.
  • Manifests a preferential option for the poor.
  • Serves as an apostolic instrument in the mission of the Church.
  • Seeks to build active commitment to the work of the Church.
  • Pursues academic excellence.
  • Operates in such a way as to give witness to excellence.
  • Stresses Jesuit-lay collaboration.
  • Relies on and seeks to strengthen a genuine spirit of community among all constituents of the school.
  • Is structured in ways that promote the sense of community.
  • Is willing to adapt approaches to better meet its purposes.
  • Exists as a system of schools sharing a common vision and common goals.
  • Is committed to the ongoing process of professional enrichment and formation.


(These characteristics are drawn from the 1986 Jesuit document, Go Forth and Teach: The Characteristics of Jesuit Education.)

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