From the United States to France to Japan, the Jesuit network of high schools expands each continent. All these Jesuit schools share the same Jesuit motto, “Men and women for others”, and continue the Ignatian education regardless of demographic differences.
Many of us know about the Jesuit high schools across the United States, but have you ever wondered about the immense network of Jesuits outside our country? Many of these schools have existed for centuries and continue the tradition of St. Ignatius alive through education, service, and sports.
Stretching each continent, the Jesuit high schools across the world share many similarities with our own school, Jesuit Dallas, but their origin stories, their core curriculums, and their Ignatian traditions vary slightly.
As we celebrate our 75th anniversary, let’s look at the history and mission of Jesuit schools across the world.
North America: Loyola High School (QC)
North America consists of three countries: Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Our school does an exchange program with the Jesuit students from Guadalajara, Mexico, the school known as El Instituto de Ciencias.
In our country, we know of the many different Jesuit schools because of the different service and sports events that exist in the Jesuit secondary school organization. There is also a strong presence of Jesuits up North. Canada, and especially French Canada has had a strong presence of Jesuit ever since the French first settled in New France.
Loyola High School in Montreal Quebec is one of the few anglophone schools in French Canada. It’s history of serving “Montreal’s English Catholic community spans well over 100 years.”
Just like Jesuit Dallas, Loyola has the tradition of conserving the “Men for Others” and wants its students to be intellectually competent, open to growth, religious, loving and committed to doing justice.
Their Mission statement is this: “A university-preparatory school, Loyola is committed to the development of the whole person through a comprehensive educational experience of academic excellence, spiritual and religious formation, and extra-curricular involvement.”
South America: Colegio Del Salvador (Argentina)
The Jesuits have had a huge presence in South America. In general, Latin America has one of the biggest Roman Catholic populations making it obvious that the Jesuits have had so much influence in the continent.
We are familiar with the Colegio de la Inmaculada in Lima, Peru, as they do the exchange program with us during the summer. Further south, there is the Colegio Del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Colegio Del Salvador turned 150 years being twice as old as Jesuit Dallas. Going back to the 1800’s, the school “has tried to respond to the challenges of the present in order to open up to the future to serve the education of our city and of Argentine society.”
Along with that, this Argentine Jesuit school serves not just high school students, but also those in elementary and middle school. Similar to our Jesuit Graduate profile, the school wants its students to be: “Open to growth as a person”, be “Intellectually competent”, be “Religious”, “Loving” and be “Capable to have a commitment for solidarity.”
Europe: Wimbledon College (United Kingdom)
Europe is of course where Saint Ignatius first started his order first known as “The Society of Jesus”. Now, the Jesuits are everywhere on the continent and have created many of the best high schools across each country of Europe. Wimbledon College in England is one of the most recognized Catholic educations in the UK.
Turning 125 years in 2017, Wimbledon College is the descendant of the first school in London at the Royal Palace of the Savoy built in 1687. It was sadly attacked by Londoners shortly after and Wimbledon became its successor.
Wimbledon College strives for academic excellence and as stated on their website, “We place a core focus on high standards of achievement and progress for all our pupils, whatever their starting points. A focused learning environment, dedicated staff, support, and guidance gives our pupils the tools with which to achieve their very best.”
Similar to our profile of the graduate, Wimbledon wants its students to: “Find God in all things, Care for the individual, Show love in deeds, Build a Christian community, Engage with the wider World, Encourage excellence, and Co-operate in the Jesuit mission.”
Africa: Loyola Jesuit College (Nigeria)
Loyola Jesuit College, situated in Abuja Nigeria has served 21 years of excellent education. It is a model for the Nigerian Primary and Secondary school system.
As said by the Jesuit priest, Fr. Emmanuel Ugwejeh, S.J., the school “continues to produce well-formed critical thinkers and future leaders who make a mark of excellence in learning, in character, in spiritual development and in service to humanity.”
The school takes education very seriously and wants its students to receive the best possible education after they graduate Loyola Jesuit College. As stated by the principal, Fr. Joseph Stanislaus Okoye, S.J , “Education involves providing the “costumes”, laying the track, setting the “goal posts” as it was, marking the course, acting as props, and creating the environment that generally enables the type of interactions or experiences that bring about the sort of transformations that we, parents, teachers, students, and the society in general, envisage.”
South Asia: St. Xavier’s High School, Fort (India)
St. Xavier High School, Fort is a Jesuit high school situated in Mumbai, India.
The Jesuit school was first started by German Jesuits. The young German Jesuit priest and architect, Charles Wagner, created the school building. It began when the Bishop of Bombay (Mumbai) asked the Jesuit order to help him educate the illiterate of Bombay. The Jesuits established themselves in Bombay by being men of “prompt action” ready to teach.
The school wants the students to become well-rounded individuals, good in about everything. The school desires of its pupils to become a student that portrays Jesuit values and the school motto being” Duc In Altum” meaning,”launching out into the deep”.
The school manager, Dr. (Fr.) Francis Swamy S.J.,wants people to know that “while we do our best to make our pupils professionally competent and well-versed in the latest technologies, we cannot forget that these efforts are to be subordinated to and oriented, always, towards the higher values of Service of God and Service of humanity, with true humility, deep commitment, and compassion for all God’s creatures on Planet Earth.”
North East Asia: Rokko High School (Japan)
Rokko Junior/Senior High School was founded by the Jesuits in Kobe, Japan in 1937 and was a pioneer for the Jesuit High schools in Japan. The school educates its students under the Jesuit motto “Men for Others”.
At the school, it is the intent to give the students a high level of intellectual and cultural formation. The school focuses on the six years of an integrated curriculum on moral education. As for extracurriculars, studies of the Bible and an introduction to Christianity are offered. As stated by the website, ” We try to foster in these classes and activities the ability to think, the ability to express one’s thoughts well, and the ability to put these thoughts into practice.”
For the school, it is important to have a religious and intellectual formation altogether. “We see our moral and religious education as something that breathes life into everything else the students learn.”
The first principal Father Takemiya Hayato, S.J., said, “Let us think quietly of things eternal” which expresses the spirit of the school still.
Oceania: St Aloysius’ College (Australia)
St. Aloysius’ College in the suburbs of Sydney is a Jesuit school founded in 1879 that serves kids aging from 7 to 18 years old.
It was founded by Fr. Joseph Dalton S.J. more than 100 years ago and still stressed the Jesuit education that was commenced by St. Ignatius. The College does have an academically selective enrollment policy and in 2013 had around 1,174 students currently enrolled.
As all Jesuit educations across the world, St. Aloysius’ College wanted an education like this:”Our ideal is the well-rounded person who is intellectually competent, open to growth, religious, loving and committed to doing justice in generosity to the people of God.”
The school continues the traditions of St. Ignatius and values the aspects of a personal formation such as “character, attitudes, values and social interaction.”
- Canada: http://www.loyola.ca/
- United Kingdom: https://www.wimbledoncollege.org.uk/
- Nigeria: http://www.loyolajesuit.org/
- India: http://stxaviersfort.org/
- Japan: http://www.rokkogakuin.ed.jp/public_html/eng/index.html