How is this a
specifically Jesuit project?
It is a matter of social justice; we work for the poor
and, of course, as a work of education and in the spirit of the 3rd
UAP (Universal Apostolic Preference), we accompany young people towards a
future of hope. These are young people who have been neglected in many cases;
orphans, young people who have fled their country, talented young people for
whom the cultural context has not provided any opportunity. They come here with
a very limited vision of the future; one could even say that many are without
hope, without direction for their lives.
For example, the law in Thailand states that anyone
who completes a university bachelor’s degree is entitled to apply for
citizenship. By opening this door, we Jesuits are helping young people without
status to gain recognition of a basic human right, that of citizenship, of
having a place in society.
You offer a
framework of common life and an environment clearly marked by the Christian
tradition. But not all students are Catholic?
of all, with regard to living together, we know that living in a community with
people from different cultures is a great challenge. Here, the members of the
community share all the responsibilities of the campus. Everyone takes turns
cooking, maintaining the buildings, planting rice and other crops to provide
some of our food. This is, of course, in addition to following a demanding
curriculum. The Xavier Learning Community
offers a sharing of space, ideas, and the talents of all.