Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Jesuit Education & Global Networking - Fr.Charles Aruldass

Jesuit Education & Global Networking

For the first time in the history of the Society of Jesus, with the encouragement of Father General, an International Colloquium on Jesuit Secondary Education was held from 29 July through 2 AugustIt was organized by the International Commission on the Apostolate of Jesuit Education, for the leaders of our secondary schools from around the world, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Its purpose was to strengthen our global network by providing a venue to share ideas and resources and to discuss our strengths and challenges in the light of our Jesuit mission and identity as contained in the documents of GC 35.

At the conclusion of the meeting the delegates were convinced that the new “signs of the times” warrant a change in our way of proceeding. This includes on-going communication and collaboration through a continued development of our international network of schools. The goals of our collaboration will be to better serve the faith, justice, and care for the environment, to build bridges between youth and their faith communities, to develop stronger Jesuit/Ignatian Apostolic communities, and to provide our students with opportunities for a truly global education.

Our international network of schools is uniquely suited to educate global citizens who will be able to participate in a globalization of solidarity, cooperation, and reconciliation that fully respects human life and dignity, and all of God’s creation.  Our commitment to networking as a universal body, and our call to the frontiers, comes from our awareness of the world and our desire to effectively help students face global challenges. (Charles Aruldass, PCE)

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