C. Joe Arun, SJ - Chennai Province
[From “Jesuits 2022 - The Society of Jesus in the world”]
LIBA, a Jesuit Business School that walks with the excluded.
He is a faculty member who
teaches finance. He comes from a conservative Hindu family. Recently trained on
Ignatian discernment, Professor Lakshmi Narayanan says, “Ignatian discernment
has changed the way I make decisions. Now I have learnt to recognise internal
movements, orientations, and intentions, while making decisions. I see things
differently now. Even my teaching is different.” He says that he has become an
Ignatian though he is a Hindu.
Loyola Institute of Business Administration
(LIBA), in the Jesuit Chennai Province (CEN), one of the premier business
schools in India, implements the Universal
Apostolic Preferences (UAPs), particularly, “walking with the poor, the
outcasts of the world, those whose dignity has been violated, in a mission of
reconciliation and justice.” The institution has reoriented the ways for the
students to learn and for the professors to teach. The orientations of the UAPs
have changed the approach of what a business school should do in the formation
of future business leaders. The faculty and students use the method of
spiritual conversation for decision making. And some professors have published
research papers in professional journals on the use of this method. This has
made an enormous impact in the lives of both faculty and students.