After finishing his visitation of Nepal, Fr. General left for Darjeeling Province, North India. The first stop in Darjeeling was to St. Joseph’s School in North Point. When the storied institution was founded in 1888, it had but 25 students. Today the school has almost 3,400 students, but it wasn’t the growth of the student body that most caught Fr. General’s attention. Here are some excerpts from his speech.
Our educational goals have been clearly articulated in recent decades in and through our various documents. Let me now elaborate a bit on one dimension which is central to Jesuit work and spirituality today: Faith that leads to reconciliation and justice.
In our increasingly secular world, our mission is to sustain true faith in God our Creator and Sustainer. There is a strong polarisation between people who have faith in God, whatever be the name used, and those who view the world and human existence purely in materialistic terms. Our aim is to spread a genuine faith in the Divine, a sense of the Sacred in people and to show people a way to God.