Jesuits gather in Boston for first worldwide education conference
Published: August 3, 2012
BOSTON (CNS) -- For the first time since St. Ignatius of Loyola formed the order in 1540, Jesuit educators came together from all over the world for the first International Colloquium on Jesuit Secondary Education, with the theme "The World is Our House." According to organizers from the host institution, Boston College High School, 400 educators associated with Jesuit schools descended on the campus of Boston College from 61 countries on six continents. The five-day colloquium offered 52 workshops addressing concerns and topics relevant to Jesuit education, discussion opportunities including panel events and breakout sessions, and keynote talks from eight authorities in Jesuit education. After a video welcome from Jesuit Father Adolfo Nicolas, superior general of the Society of Jesus, Jesuit Father Jose Alberto Mesa, the order's secretary for secondary and pre-secondary education, opened the conference with a talk titled "An Eye to the Future: Our Continued Collaboration. This colloquium, the Society of Jesus hopes, is the beginning of a new way of proceeding, a new way of being schools, in the Jesuit tradition," he later told The Pilot, Boston's archdiocesan newspaper. "That probably means that we need to take networking and global networking very seriously, and that we need to incorporate that global dimension into our education." In another keynote address on "Jesuit Identity in the 21st Century," Jesuit Father Daniel Patrick Huang, general counsel and regional assistant for Asia Pacific, asked participants to consider a series of questions raised by Jesuit delegates during a recent conference in Nairobi, Kenya.
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