Core Values: Jesuit Education

By | July 23, 2018

[July 23, 2018]  In our world there has been a trend – some say it’s a fad – to denigrate anything having to do with religion.  That trend is foolish and here is one reason why.  Simply put, the Jesuit religious value system brings out the very best in people.

A Jesuit education is an integral part of teaching Jesuit core values.  These values are what drive and guide individuals, help us in our everyday lives, and teach us to reflect on critical thought and responsible action.1

I first became aware of Jesuit values when one of our sons first attended a Jesuit High School.  It was a thoughtful, conscious choice and, of course, it was ultimately the right choice.

Here are the core values of Jesuits; those same ones that make their members successful in life:

  • Magis: Striving for excellence.
  • Women and men for and with others: sharing gifts, pursuing justice, and concern for the poor.
  • Cura Personalis: “Care for the individual person.” Respecting each person as a child of God.
  • Unity of Heart, Mind, and Soul: developing the whole person.
  • Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam: for the greater glory of God.
  • Forming and Educating agents of change: teaching behaviors that reflect critical thought and responsible action on moral and ethical issues.

These core values are used to drive and guide individuals.  It means to broaden your understanding of cultural and global differences and increase civic engagement.  It means taking care of the entire person and caring for individual needs.  It also means recognizing that we as leaders will always need to do more.

Jesuit values mean that one should never force Jesuit values on individuals nor ostracize those who do not prefer to follow these values.  This is what makes a Jesuit education a worthy goal of any person who wants to improve themselves and, importantly, to help others.


Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

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30 thoughts on “Core Values: Jesuit Education

  1. Doug Smith

    Just remember that it is religion that has helped make mankind what they are today and how we’ve all grown from the days of brutality. While the world is not perfect, it certainly is better because of religion. A religious education is, not surprisingly, worth the effort.

  2. Eric Coda

    Thanks Gen. Satterfield for supporting religious education here in the US. Too many people decline to attend because they think we’re intellectually and emotionally stunted.

  3. Tracey Brockman

    Another good and valuable article. Thanks.

  4. Bryan Lee

    Thank you Gen. Satterfield for exposing us to a side of religious education and how it instills core values that are, frankly, good for us.

  5. Ronny Fisher

    I agree Shawn that Mondays are a “special” day. Thanks for also pointing out that a daily dose of this leadership blog is helpful.

  6. Shawn C. Stolarz

    Monday mornings are always tough for me but your interesting article on the value of a Jesuit education helped lighten my day.

  7. Max Foster

    A religious education, especially those based on Catholicism, are often better off intellectually, physically, and emotionally. The reason is simple, they don’t waste their time on useless courses; those like we see on “gender studies,” “ethnic studies,” and so on. When you spend your education dollars just remember that a religious education helps instill those values that matter most to a successful and happy person.

    1. Tony B. Custer

      Thanks Max for another good point about religious education. Most folks simply overlook the value of such an education.

    2. Gil Johnson

      Thumbs up on your points, Max. Thank you.

    3. Max Foster

      Thanks everyone who thinks my comments are worthwhile to read. Much appreciated.

  8. Jonathan B.

    LIke others here in this forum, I never had the chance to know about a Jesuit education but had acquaintances that went to a Jesuit University. They came out as truly balanced individuals. I was always happy to get a co-worker who had a Jesuit education because I knew I could rely on them and trust them.

  9. Jung Hoon Kim

    Core values cannot be overlooked. They make us who we are.

  10. Mr. T.J. Asper

    You have a very nice series of core values and they have been a valuable addition to your leadership blog. I am a regular reader and like these for sharing with my students.

  11. Nick Lighthouse

    The study of “core values” has pushed me to look more at what I personally value. To explore what makes other people tick can be seen through their value system.

  12. Georgie M.

    Our neighbor’s son went to a Jesuit High School and received an exceptional education that made him a more balanced individual. He loved being there, the discipline, and the rounding out of his emotions. Thanks Gen. Satterfield for a peek into the window of Jesuit education.

    1. Martin Shiell

      Thanks. Nice story. Glad the experience was positive.

  13. Janna Faulkner

    Thanks for an excellent article on Jesuit education. Although brief, it certainly makes for an eye-opening article on important educational opportunities.

  14. Ed Berkmeister

    Good article and very educational. I had no idea.

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