The Characteristics of Jesuit Education

  • Jesuit Education trains our students to appreciate the world in which they live. It leads them to develop their gifts as much as possible, so that they will be forces for good in the world. This is done by protecting what God has made, and by adding to what is good in it. For example, in the Philippines we need to protect our environment and use the resources of our country carefully; we should also do all we can to make Philippine society more just and more culturally rich.
  • Jesuit Education insists that because each person is special in God’s eyes, he/she should receive special attention in the school. That is why we take great care to offer pastoral care to each student. Moreover, we hope our students will never lose their appetite for growing as individuals and will become more and more responsible for their own development.
  • Jesuit Education leads our students to seek the right way of acting in the world. To do this they have to know good from bad, and be strong in the hope that good can be done, while being realistic about the ways in which evil can operate.
  • Jesuit Education offers Jesus Christ as the model of human life, and shows our students how their faith in Him is nurtured by prayer, worship and service.
  • In consequence of this, Jesuit Education has its fifth emphasis. It urges our students to have a special concern to bring about justice in the world. It believes that a full life is only possible if our students have a lifelong concern for their neighbor, especially for those who are poor.
  • And so, students in a Jesuit school are guided to have an active life in the Church, especially as the Church serves the local community.
  • Jesuit Education expects our students to pursue excellence in all they do- in the classroom, in the sporting fields, in the many extra-curricular opportunities the School offers. When they leave School, they should be able to take with them this habit of trying to do their best.
  • Jesuit Education stresses how important it is for Jesuits to work with lay people, and tries to bring all those associated with the School – Jesuits, lay teachers and staff, parents and, of course, the students themselves – into a community whose members care for one another.
  • Finally, Jesuit Education is ready to change its means and methods so as to achieve all the things mentioned above. All in all, it provides a network or system of schools throughout the world that shares this vision of St. Ignatius and the goals we have just mentioned.

Schools like SHS-AdC are places of hope. What we hope for the students and teachers of SHS-AdC is that they will realize that St. Ignatius himself offers an example of what we can all become. He made the most of his talents by putting himself at the service of his neighbor for the greater glory of God.

So there are two ways of looking at Jesuit Education: one is to list the qualities that make it up; another is to give the names of people who lived out those qualities. That is why each SHS-AdC class has been given a Jesuit Patron Saint or Blessed who is meant to inspire the teachers and students of the class to embody in their own lives the very qualities of Jesuit Education we have been reflecting upon.