Are you smarter than a Jesuit?
May 21, 2013
The new pope is a Jesuit! So…what does that mean?
With the election of Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pope of the Catholic Church, we have the perfect opportunity to stop, reflect, and consider our knowledge of the Society of Jesus. Yes, it’s the Order that founded the Loyola University Maryland through one of its nine U.S. provinces—as well as hundreds of other schools and universities through its 88 provinces around the world.
But who are the Jesuits? And what makes a Jesuit education different from any other education?
Liberal education offered at Jesuit institutions ensures students place the highest value on the intellectual life, and that they understand the connection between leadership and service to the world. Jesuits are known for their exemplary teaching methods and their commitment to intellectual discovery and to the cause of social justice. They strive to develop the whole person and guide students to lead lives of integrity and honesty. Throughout the history of the Society of Jesus, her members have traveled throughout the world to serve God and lead others to serve Him, as well.
As they teach and serve and fill a variety of roles in their communities around the world, the Jesuits also take the time for prayer, for discernment, and for reflection. And they also have a sense of humor and enjoy friendly competition with others.
So, shoot a quick prayer to ask the Jesuits’ founder, St. Ignatius—or your favorite of the other 50 Jesuit saints and dozens of beatified Jesuits—for a little help, and buckle down for this quiz.