On March 21, as part of the celebration, a group of students performed a theatrical presentation named, “The Founding Father” that narrated the history of the institution through the eyes of Fr. Filip Kauśič (1618-1673), the first rectory of the Jesuit Academy. The play was to set the tone of Fr. General’s participation in the anniversary.
Speaking to the academic community, Father General first acknowledged the rich history of the University then challenged them to see their work as not only education, but a mission of presence:
“This event is particularly significant in our time, which is marked by the tension between secularism and religious and ideological fundamentalisms. In this moment, the Catholic Presence in the university takes on a new meaning. By its very nature, the University is a pluralistic space wherein we find the conditions for dialogue and understanding of historical, personal and intellectual processes. It is a privileged space for exercising human freedom. It is a space of cooperation and exchange that does not exclude anyone and, at the same time crosses all barriers.”