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Center For Jesuit Education

Jesuit Core Values

Mission Orientation Session 3

Whole Persons of Solidarity

The third orientation session focuses on the articulations of the Jesuit educational mission coming from recent General Congregations of the Jesuits and from the general superiors of the Society. The general congregations - periodic gatherings of Jesuits from around the world - and the writings of the general superiors guide the Society of Jesus in reading the signs of the times and following the directions they indicate.

Reading Selection: 

To begin the orientation please follow the link provided for a 3-page reading from America Magazine, “Higher Standards,” by Dean Brackley, S.J. click here:

Reflection Questions: 

  • Does this recent Jesuit emphasis on the social justice orientation of a university education seem appropriate?  Does it distort the traditional aims of education as you have known them?
  • Which of Dean Brackley’s seven “higher standards” do you find most appealing and most appropriate for Seattle University?

Video:

Introduction to Jesuit Core Values: Whole Persons of Solidarity for the Real World from Seattle University on Vimeo                  

If you are interested, more information on the Official Decrees of General Congregation 35 can be found here