Young Jesuits in Higher Education
In this month’s issue of Connections, we focus on the Jesuits in their twenties and thirties who are contributing toward the formation of students on our campuses. You will meet the scholastics of Saint Louis University’s Bellarmine House and Boston College’s St. Peter Faber Jesuit Community. You will be inspired by a story shared by the dean of student success at Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago, an institution that serves minority and low-income students in and around Chicago, IL.
In recent months, the higher education community, including AJCU, has lobbied extensively on DACA. We have conducted targeted strategies and provided resources on our websites, including talking points to continue raising awareness of the plight of our students who fear the life-changing consequences and uncertainty surrounding DACA's expiration.
One of three sites for Jesuit scholastics in the United States to complete First Studies, Bellarmine House at Saint Louis University is home to young men who are learning to live their mission – in the home, in the classroom, and in their lives.
In his role as Provincial Assistant for Higher Education in the Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces of the Society of Jesus, Rev. James J. Miracky, S.J. has had the privilege of helping to encourage younger Jesuits to take up the challenge of the intellectual apostolate to establish, in the words of Rev. Adolfo Nicolas, S.J., the former Superior General of the Society of Jesus, “a bridge of dialogue between Gospel and culture, between sciences and religious traditions.”
As a graduate of three Jesuit universities, Mr. Lucas Sharma, S.J. (a Jesuit Scholastic of the Jesuits West Province of the Society of Jesus) now works at Seattle University, where he works on two publications associated with the Jesuits: Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education and The Jesuit Post. Each provides, respectively, both formation opportunities for young Jesuits and resources for those who work in Jesuit higher education.
Rev. Eric Immel, S.J. works at Arrupe College, a groundbreaking program at Loyola University Chicago that seeks to dramatically reimagine how a school can offer and execute a Jesuit, liberal arts education. For one reason or another, Arrupe students weren’t able to start their college careers in what one might call the ‘traditional way’ of Jesuit higher education. Arrupe seeks to help young people build a bridge toward valuable avenues of greater success and opportunity.
Throughout Rev. Mr. Patrick Nolan's ten years of Jesuit formation, which includes a two-year assignment teaching in the Pacific Islands of Micronesia, no experience has given him a greater immersion into the global Society of Jesus than his time living, working and studying at Boston College.
The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) sponsors over 30 conferences (affinity groups) within the AJCU Network. Most of the AJCU conferences host meetings at least once a year, and many of them facilitate regular communication among members through listservs. The following conferences and affiliated Jesuit programs and events will be held this winter and spring.
AJCU Connections Archive
December 2017: The Mission of Jesuit Medical & Nursing Programs
November 2017: Breakthroughs in Faculty Research
October 2017 Connections: Jesuit Business Education
September 2017 Connections: How Jesuit Institutions Serve Under-Served Populations
May 2017: Marketing the Mission of Jesuit Education
April 2017 Connections: Celebrating Student Scholarship at Jesuit Institutions
March 2017: Honors Programs at Jesuit Institutions
February 2017: Fostering Mission & Identity on Jesuit Campuses
January 2017: Social Innovation on Jesuit Campuses
December 2016: Impact of GC36 on Jesuit Education
November 2016: Distinguished Faculty on Jesuit Campuses
October 2016: Election 2016 on Jesuit Campuses
September 2016: Town & Gown Partnerships for Jesuit Schools
May 2016: How Jesuit Institutions Help Alumni Live the Mission
April 2016: Eco-Jesuit: Campus Responses to Laudato Si'
March 2016: The Jesuit Mission of Athletic Programs
February 2016: Diversity on Jesuit Campuses
January 2016: The Impact of STEM Programs on Jesuit Institutions
December 2015: Celebrating the Arts on Jesuit Campuses
November 2015: The Jesuit Mission of Graduate & Professional Programs
October 2015: 100th Anniversary of Alpha Sigma Nu
September 2015: The Impact of HEA Reauthorization on AJCU Campuses
May 2015: Fostering Vocations on Jesuit Campuses
April 2015: New International Collaborations Among Jesuit Institutions
March 2015: How Women Are Shaping Jesuit Institutions