The roots of 永利娱官网入口 lie in the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, 2,000-year Catholic intellectual tradition, and the faith experience of St. 伊格内修斯洛约拉, who founded the Society of Jesus in 1540.
A Basque courtier and soldier, Inigo de Loyola was gravely wounded during the battle of Pamplona in 1521. 在他康复, he experienced a profound spiritual conversion that began his lifelong commitment to God and service.
From his personal experience and prayer, he articulated a guide for finding God and self called the 精神上的练习 that for centuries has enabled individuals to grow in faith and willingness to work for the greater glory of God, the motto of the Society of Jesus.
在他的领导下, the Society of Jesus established schools throughout the continent beginning in Messina, 西西里, in 1548. The Jesuits became known as the schoolmasters of Europe, and over time emerged as the largest 宗教 order in the Catholic Church and one of the greatest influences in Western civilization.
今天, the Society of Jesus totals 17,000 members who minister in 112 countries through education, 为穷人辩护, 和传教工作. 仅在美国, the Jesuits sponsor 28 colleges and universities and 47 high schools, while worldwide they educate approximately 1 million students in 2,300所学校.
忠于传统, Jesuits remain contemplatives in action who, 像他们的创始人, engage critical challenges of the world. Their students and alumni are encouraged to develop their God-given talents and use them in the service of others to help make the world a more just and humane place.
永利娱官网入口 seeks to provide an education that will promote integration of the intellectual, 社会, 宗教, 和情感维度. It urges students to reflect deeply on who they are and how they want to live their lives.
Drawing on the heritage of St. 伊格内修斯洛约拉, 永利娱官网入口 invites students into a conversation that asks enduring questions and promotes engagement with the complex problems in today’s world.
除了, 永利娱官网入口 encourages members of its 社区 to be attentive to their own experiences, 来反思它们, and to use their talents to respond to the world’s needs, based on the conviction that God can be found in all human activity, especially in the search for truth and meaning.
永利娱官网入口 wants its students to connect their talents and strengths to the needs and opportunities of wider society through classes, 课程, and student formation efforts. Below are several examples that provide a sense of the 耶稣会,天主教 dimensions of 永利娱官网入口’s mission.
永利娱官网入口 celebrates its Catholic faith in many ways, including daily Mass and the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit. It also welcomes all faith traditions and encourages students to explore their spirituality and engage in discussions of faith-based issues.
The Division of 大学的使命 and 部 helps to foster relationships among students, 教师, and staff and assists them in developing their academic, 社会, 和个人的礼物. Its Center for Student Formation enables students to explore the connections between their talents and dreams and the world’s deep needs through programs such as the Freshmen League, 提升, 中场休息, and a 17-day pilgrimage in Spain called "Self-Knowledge & Discernment: The Experience of Pilgrimage."
The Church in 21st Century Center promotes engagement of issues in the contemporary Catholic Church through lectures, 座谈会, 和出版物, as well as through informal gatherings for students about faith and life, such as the 神的拿铁咖啡 program.
At least 10 men have graduated from 永利娱官网入口 and entered the Society of Jesus during the past 20 years. Many cite common themes—the charism, 社区, and traditions of BC —that helped support their vocation to the priesthood.