There is comfort in numbers. There is power in numbers. When your number is two million students in 2,500 educational projects across the globe, there is potential, great potential to affect great change!
The Jesuit Global Networkof Schools reaches about two million students. Our students are found in places as far apart as Manhattan and Malawi, South Sudan and Spain, Delhi and Dublin. Jesuit schools are where a student begins to ask the question “What is the most important reality in my life upon which the value of everything else is determined, derived and depends?”
The schools challenge students to devote their talents and time to the pursuit of justice. It is where the student begins to understand that his or her understanding of self includes the other. It is where they begin to experience the authenticity of their own humanity in the context of service. It is where they realize their unique talents and gifts, and the call to reach out to others. Our schools seek to place in the heart of the student the abiding question, “How and where, in this time and place, can I provide the greatest service?” Schools are where vocations are discovered.
In other words, our schools help students to discover the person God intends them to be.
To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the canonizations of Ignatius Loyola and Francis Xavier and embrace their example of authentic faith and selfless service, the General Curia in partnership with Christian Life Communities (CLC), the Global Secretariat of Education and Educate Magis designed a worldwide campaign called “Who Do You Want to Be?” In this four-part video series, we are asking students to look deeper into their lives and to ask “What is my dream? Who lights my path? Who do I want to be?”
The videos incorporate moments from the life of Ignatius; characteristics of Ignatian spirituality and Ignatian mission; the influence that each of these components had on different individuals; and how the dynamics of each are present in our engagement in the Universal Apostolic Preferences.
We don’t want this event to be an additional burden to already overburdened teachers and staff - especially those with pandemic fatigue - so we offer a curriculum developed by teachers with prelection material and post reflection material that can be adapted by schools to meet their circumstances.