Bannan Institutes are yearlong thematic programs that address matters of significance within the Jesuit, Catholic intellectual tradition, foster an ethic of dialogue among persons of diverse religious and philosophical commitments, and facilitate opportunities for interdisciplinary exchange across the University and broader community.
The Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education sponsors the Bannan Institutes through the generosity of the Bannan family endowment.
In the first principle and foundation of the Spiritual Exercises, St. Ignatius of Loyola urges: “I ought to desire and elect only the thing which is more conducive to the end for which I am created.” Shaped by the Spiritual Exercises, the 2014-2015 Bannan Institute will explore the theme of Ignatian leadership as a vocational practice or way of proceeding that seeks to affect personal and communal transformation.
We will begin in the fall quarter with a focus on the practice of justice within Ignatian leadership, exploring how commitments to solidarity and social justice ground the work of Ignatian leaders and shape the work of Jesuit higher education as a proyecto social. In the winter quarter we will turn our attention to the role of faith within the practice of Ignatian leadership, engaging the foundational witness of Jesus, the import of interreligious dialogue and encounter in transforming and healing our world, and the examples of women and men with Ignatian vocations, including Pope Francis. We will conclude in the spring quarter by considering the role of the intellectual life within Ignatian leadership, examining the means by which Jesuit, Catholic universities seek to form whole persons, engaged citizens, and accountable leaders.
Leadership within the Ignatian idiom is rooted in a foundational commitment to live out one’s vocation in generous relationship with God for the good of all creation. In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the assassination of the Jesuits and their collaborators at the Universidad de Centroamerica (UCA) in El Salvador, and the 200th anniversary of the restoration of the Society of Jesus, we will consider how the work of educated solidarity and the proyecto social is central to the mission of Jesuit higher education.
This quarter’s lecture series will explore the role of faith within the practice of Ignatian leadership, engaging the foundational witness of Jesus, the leadership of Pope Francis, and the catalyzing examples of women and men with Ignatian vocations. In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, we will also highlight the import and impact of interreligious dialogue and encounter in transforming and healing our world.
The Jesuit, Catholic intellectual tradition has long been marked by rigorous and critical interdisciplinary engagement, dialogue, and a commitment to innovation and transformation. This quarter’s lecture series will examine the foundational and dynamic mission and means by which Jesuit, Catholic universities seek to form whole persons, engaged citizens, and accountable leaders.
In our current issue of the explore Journal, we continue the series of dialogue hosted through the 2014-2015 Bannan Institute engaging the question, What Good is God?