The Jesuit Way
As a Jesuit-Inspired school, Bishop Canevin seeks to promote those educational methods, values and characteristics of the 63 Jesuit high schools across North America. We seek to align ourselves with the deep tradition of Ignatian Spirituality, which grew out of the unique, personal relationship that St. Ignatius of Loyola experienced with God. Central to this spirituality is the realization that God is actively at work, revealed through and encountered in the world – in all creation: people, events, nature. It is a realization that all that is, is a gift from God. That “all the things of this world are created because of God’s love and they become a context of gifts, presented to us so that we can know God more easily and make a return of love more readily” (Spiritual Exercises No. 23; Fleming, S.J.: Literal Translation)
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 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 self.
- Provides a realistic understanding of the world.
- Proposes Jesus 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 collaboration.
- Relies on and seeks to strengthen a genuine spirit of community among all constituents of the school.
- Is willing to adapt approaches to better meet its purposes.
- Exists a s a part of 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.)