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Santa Clara Lecturer, 15 October 1999

Santa Clara Lecturer, 15 October 1999

Of Kingfishers and Dragonflies: Faith and Justice at the Core of Jesuit Education

Joseph Daoust, S.J., 15 October 1999

Like kingfishers and dragonflies, to selve itself, Jesuit higher education must act out its faith and justice commitment as something at the very core of its mission as a university. Commitment to faith and justice can- not be something peripheral or added on, but has to be intrinsic to its central activities, part of its very essence, at the heart of its educational character. If not, then no matter how many service programs or politically correct speakers series are provided, or fair employment policies or prayer services, the Jesuit university is not being true to its inmost self, its identity.

Of Kingfishers and Dragonflies: Faith and Justice at the Core of Jesuit Education

Like kingfishers and dragonflies, to selve itself, Jesuit higher education must act out its faith and justice commitment as something at the very core of its mission as a university. Commitment to faith and justice can- not be something peripheral or added on, but has to be intrinsic to its central activities, part of its very essence, at the heart of its educational character. If not, then no matter how many service programs or politically correct speakers series are provided, or fair employment policies or prayer services, the Jesuit university is not being true to its inmost self, its identity.

Santa Clara Lecture, Fall 1999