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  • A Pedagogy of Love: Ignatian Spirituality and Two Jesuit Secondary Schools
  • Author: Murphy, Thomas M.
  • Published: General Theological Seminary, New York, 2007
  • Extent: 53
  • Language (written in): English
  • Abstract: Over the past three decades there has been renewed and widespread interest in the spirituality of Ignatius of Loyola (1491–1556). Spiritual seekers have turned to his masterpiece The Spiritual Exercises to reflect on how they have encountered God in their own experience and especially to practice discernment. At the same time the religious order founded by Ignatius, the Society of Jesus, has been faced with a numerical decline and a desire to share their spiritual heritage with the larger “Ignatian Family." ¶ These dynamics have been powerfully expressed in Jesuit secondary schools. Beginning in the 1970s, the Jesuits began to reflect on how their schools could better embody Ignatian Spirituality as well as the mission of the Society to “heal souls” and to strive for justice. During this period Jesuit schools have developed principles, organizations and documents designed to deepen the schools from simply outstanding academic institutions into places that form “men and women for and with others.” ¶ Does Ignatian Spirituality make any difference in the day to day work of Jesuit schools? After examining the main principles of Ignatian Spirituality and Jesuit pedagogy, this paper will investigate two Jesuit secondary schools to determine if these lofty principles truly shape the lives and work of administrators, students and faculty. This paper will consider the implications of this experience for the Episcopal Church that also is in a period of dramatic change and decline. Finally, there will be a reflection on how Ignatian Spirituality might shape my work as an Episcopal priest.
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