Supplemental Readings

The compendium below contains useful background for anyone involved in the Mission Priority Examen (MPE) process. It is designed to provide a chronological introduction to the development of American Jesuit higher education in the last quarter-century.


Universal Apostolic Preferences of the Society of Jesus (UAPs)

The Universal Apostolic Preferences (UAPs) are the fruit of a process of discernment by Jesuits and their mission partners. Confirmed by Pope Francis, the Preferences give a horizon and a point of reference to the whole Society of Jesus, and to Jesuit ministries. The Preferences address creatively four areas vital for our world today, to which the Society of Jesus will pay special attention over the next ten years [paraphrased from the UAPs website]. The UAPs serve as an important guiding force for the Mission Priority Examen.
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Discerning the Present to Prepare the Future of the University Education of the Society of Jesus

— Jesuit Superior General, V. Rev. Arturo Sosa, S.J., offered this keynote address at the International Association of Jesuit Universities meeting at Boston College. In it, he explores the invitation to become more discerning university communities, to explore our intercultural and intergenerational richness, and to place ourselves in service of building truly democratic societies.
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Care (cura) in the Governance of the Life-mission of the Society in this Change of Eras

This letter from Fr. Sosa to Jesuits worldwide addresses the absolute interconnectedness of what is known as cura personalis (care for the person) and cura apostolica (care for the work). He underscores that, “Our mission includes and implies inseparably our way of living and relating to each other, of caring for people and communities. This care for our way of living and relating is also a mission in itself.”
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The University as a Source of a Reconciled Life

Jesuit Superior General, V. Rev. Arturo Sosa, S.J., delivered this launch address at the World Meeting of Universities Entrusted to the Society of Jesus; in it, he calls Jesuit Colleges and Universities to see reconciliation and the cultivation of world citizens as core dimensions of a Jesuit school’s collaborative work.
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Jesuit Education: Forming Human Beings in Harmony with their Fellows, with Creation and with God (Rio de Janeiro)

Jesuit Superior General, V. Rev. Arturo Sosa, S.J., offered this public address at an International Congress of Jesuit Education Delegates about the current priorities of Jesuit higher education, and the need to be “companions in a mission of reconciliation and justice.”
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The Promotion of Justice in the Universities of the Society (Jesuit Curia)

Published as a special edition of the periodical Promotio Iustitiae, this text focuses on the responsibilities of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, worldwide, to see every dimension of their work as spiritually transformative, and ordered toward creating a more just society.
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Higher Standards for Higher Education

This stirring article by the late Rev. Dean Brackley, S.J. calls upon Jesuit Colleges and Universities to put the option for the poor and marginalized at the center of our work.
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Depth, Universality, and Learned Ministry: Challenges to Jesuit Higher Education Today (Mexico City)

At an international meeting of Jesuit College and University Presidents, former Jesuit Superior General, V. Rev. Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., delivered remarks that continue to serve as an important reference point for the schools.
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The Service of Faith and the Promotion of Justice in American Jesuit Higher Education (Santa Clara University)

The late V. Rev. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., former Jesuit Superior General, delivered this landmark address on Jesuit higher education at the 2000 Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education Conference.
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Ex Corde Ecclesiae (“From the Heart of the Church”)

St. Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Constitution (i.e., solemn pronouncement) addressed in depth the Church’s relationship to Catholic Colleges and Universities, and the role of Catholic higher education in the mission of the Church.
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