By José A. Mesa SJ, Secretariat for Education
Fr. General Arturo Sosa just sent to the Major Superiors a document prepared, after
five years of discussions and consultations, by the ICAJE (International
Commission on the Apostolate of Jesuit Education) and the Secretariat for
Education (Secondary and Pre-secondary) of the Society.
document, Jesuit & Companion Schools - Companions in Mission, is
presented within the framework of the collaboration for mission emphasized by
GC36 and it provides some general guidelines for understanding and regulating
this collaboration between the Jesuit schools and those schools that decide to participate
closely in the Society’s mission and educational networks.
The motivation for this document is to help Provinces, schools and the general
public to recognize the diversity of the institutions that participate in our educationalmission and
especially those schools that want to closely join us as true apostolic
companions in the mission of reconciliation and justice with God, within
Humanity and with Creationin the spirit of the Universal Apostolic
Preferences in the educational field. Thus, the document offers a common
framework for animating and understanding this collaboration. Fr. General Sosa
clearly reaffirms what Fr. Arrupe said 40 years ago in his important address Our
Schools Today and Tomorrow, "The basic idea behind all that I have to
say is simply this: the secondary school is an effective apostolic instrument
which the Society entrusts to a community, or to a definite group of people
within a community; the purpose can only be apostolic."