Persons For Others

  Forty years ago, Fr. Pedro Arrupe SJ gave a speech to an exclusive all-boys school in Valencia, Spain. He said that the mark of those who receive Jesuit education is being a “man-for-others” o ang pagiging tao-para sa kapwa. This slogan of being “men for others” was picked up by many Jesuit schools andContinue reading “Persons For Others”

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Part III: Characteristics of Jesuit Education

This is the final installment of the previous posts: Part I and Part II: Characteristics of Jesuit Education. 21. Jesuit education pursues excellence in its work of formation. Jesuit education aims at the fullest possible development of every dimension of the person, linked to the willingness to continue this development throughout life and the motivationContinue reading “Part III: Characteristics of Jesuit Education”

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Part II: Characteristics of Jesuit Education

  This is the continuation of the previous post: Part I: Characteristics of Jesuit Education. 11. Jesuit education provides a realistic knowledge of the world in which we live. Jesuit education emphasizes the recognition of the imperfections of the world as it is without neglecting the essential goodness of creation. It helps the students toContinue reading “Part II: Characteristics of Jesuit Education”

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Part I: Characteristics of Jesuit Education

  On the 400th anniversary of the Jesuit document on education, the Ratio Studiorum, the International Commission on the Apostolate of Jesuit Education (ICAJE) published The Characteristics of Jesuit Education. I am publishing a simple outline of the 28 characteristics for all who are interested to know what makes an educational institution Jesuit in character.Continue reading “Part I: Characteristics of Jesuit Education”

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When Migrants Die in the Desert, Who Cares?

(The Comedor of the Kino Border Initiative, Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. Frontera means the Border) Forcing his luck by taking the dangerous trek through the Sonora desert, Jose and companions Pedro and Francisco* had been rounded and beaten up by gangs on their way back to the United States. They are illegal or unauthorized immigrants andContinue reading “When Migrants Die in the Desert, Who Cares?”

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Jesuits at the Cutting Edge

On a newly constructed wall at the Nogales part of Mexico marking the US border hung white crosses with the names of those who died crossing and braving the vast unforgiving Sonora desert. Fr. Peter Neeley SJ said that he had performed several blessings of headless bodies or bones found scattered in the wasteland. They said thatContinue reading “Jesuits at the Cutting Edge”

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How a Dominican Prepared Me to be a Jesuit

A Tribute to Fr. Orlando Aceron OP, Principal of Science Oriented High School in 1981-85. I was inspired to do this piece after his Keynote Talk during the 1st General Alumni Homecoming of Aquinas University, held at the University Dome. He said that we should not forget our Dominican roots, the values imparted by St.Continue reading “How a Dominican Prepared Me to be a Jesuit”

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Jesuits on Stamps

Pinoy KasiBy Michael TanPhilippine Daily InquirerFirst Posted 05:02:00 12/02/2009 This is not a guest post. But a reprint from the Opinions section of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Here is the link. With Ateneo de Manila University’s sesquicentennial coming up, I began to read up on the history of the Jesuits in the Philippines. There wereContinue reading “Jesuits on Stamps”

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