July 25, 2012

First-Ever Initiative to Strengthen Global Network of Jesuit Secondary Schools. ---


Fr Alan Forgarty SJ, President, and Mr Tom Lussier, Principal, of St Paul’s High School, will travel to Boston at the end of July to participate in the International Colloquium on Jesuit Secondary Education (ICJSE), from 29 July to 2 August, 2012. This is the first-ever global meeting of Jesuit secondary schools in the 450 year history of the Jesuit Order.

ICJSE seeks to strengthen the global network of Jesuits schools by providing a venue to share ideas, discuss common strengths and challenges, examine our Jesuit mission and identity, and focus on how Jesuit school educators can prepare students to become global leaders.

“The enormous challenges to Jesuit education today require our best efforts in order for us to serve the mission that has been entrusted to us,” said Superior General Adolfo Nicolas, SJ, head of the Jesuits. “By gathering as a global body of Jesuit secondary schools for the first time we can begin to establish ways of collectively preparing our students and school communities to address the … welfare of the entire world and its development in a sustainable and life-giving way.”

371 educators from 61 countries on six continents are registered for the event. In addition to the Canadian delegates from St Paul’s High School, attendees will represent schools from Australia, Congo, China, El Salvador, Italy, and many other countries.

“As an educator, this is a truly remarkable opportunity,” said William Kemeza, President of Boston College High School, the host of the summit. “The Jesuit network of secondary schools possess extraordinary potential to shape students from across the globe into truly global citizens. Our collaboration will make our schools stronger and broaden the perspective of the students we serve.”

“It is a real privilege to participate in this first-ever global meeting of representatives of Jesuit Secondary Schools from around the world,” said Fr Alan Fogarty SJ, President of St Paul’s High School. “This unique opportunity to meet, exchange ideas and share best practices with other Ignatian educators will enable us to bring back to St Paul’s High School new and fresh ideas --- ensuring our students receive a globally informed and also authentically Jesuit, secondary education.”

The ICJSE will take place in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, on the grounds of Boston College. For more information, visit www.icjse.org.

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