SOLDIER AND SAINT: Ignatius of Loyola, a soldier who became the founder of the Society of Jesus, never chose the easy path, nor did his fellow Jesuits. As missionaries and educators, they traveled widely, often to remote places and at great peril, to spread God’s word and establish schools. They believed fervently that even the most isolated and impoverished should be able to participate in the full human experience and know God.
Educated and intellectually driven, the Jesuits were theologians, scientists, artists and writers. They were lauded as “confessors to kings” and the “schoolmasters of Europe,” yet few orders were as persecuted and spent as much time in prison because of their ministry as the Jesuits; over the centuries, many have been martyred. Still, their spirit has proved indomitable and their roles as spiritual guides and educators have enriched the world immeasurably.
From Ignatius the soldier, we have inherited a fierce commitment to providing an exceptional education across all socio-economic tiers, for all races and all faiths; and to fighting for the marginalized. From Ignatius the saint, we have learned to revere the teachings of Jesus and to find God in all things. As a Jesuit school, we seek daily to be true to our Ignatian heritage and to do all things Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam.