As a Brophy community, we are actively discerning what the future of our school will look like, and we wonder how to make decisions that will nourish both our own vocations and the lives of our students.
Grateful for the Jesuits' invitation to full partnership, we increasingly feel a call to be intentional about taking ownership of our school’s Catholic identity and Jesuit mission. We seek guidance in nurturing the religious mission of our community in a way that is inclusive, joyful and transformative.
And, understanding our own limitations in responding to these challenges, we look to the Catholic Church, to the Society of Jesus, and to God for guidance and clarity.
Just as the Jesuits declared in their General Congregation 36, “We are not the first to seek clarity concerning God’s call.” Facing myriad questions about their future, the Jesuits drew inspiration from the Meeting of the First Companions of St. Ignatius in Venice as an image to encourage their own discernment. The Jesuits write, “There, the early Society confronted the frustration of their plans to go to the Holy Land. This drove them to a deeper discernment of the Lord’s call. Where was the Spirit drawing them? As they discerned new direction for their lives, they held fast to what they had already found to be life-giving: sharing their lives together as friends in the Lord; living very close to the lives of the poor, and preaching the Gospel with joy.”
In the Brophy Ignatian Formation Program, we hope to meet ever-greater information and technology demands from the world around us with a commitment to cultivating interiority; that is, the inner capacities for discernment, imagination, virtue, reflection, balance and presence. Creating this interior spaciousness, we will be poised, like the First Companions in Venice, to practice spiritual discernment as the ordinary way of making decisions guided by the Holy Spirit in our lives, our work, and in our Brophy community.
Furthermore, we seek to provide opportunities to develop understanding and ownership of our Jesuit mission and Catholic identity. As the Church teaches, “prime responsibility for creating this unique Christian school climate rests with the teachers, as individuals and as a community,” and the Jesuits add that a “school will be Jesuit if the lives of its teachers exemplify and communicate to the students the vision of Ignatius.” The Brophy Ignatian Formation Program aims to help each member of this community participate in interpreting and casting that vision.
To this end, an ongoing Ignatian Formation Program will be implemented over a multi-year period to help form us into a community ready to respond to the call of Jesus.