Jesuit Identity

Catholic Tradition

Jesuit and Catholic Attitudes of Heart

Reverence, Gratitude, Forgiveness, Generosity, Fidelity, Compassion, Hope

Jesuit and Catholic Values as Articulated at ƵPeter’s

Discernment of Spirits:

  • Through self-knowledge to freedom
  • Paying attention to the movements of the heart
  • Values and intellect together

Cura Personalis:

  • Care of the whole person
  • Dignity and value of each person
  • Education of the whole person
  • Solidarity with others
  • Men and women with and for others

Finding God in All Things:

  • Contemplatives in action
  • Stewards of creation
  • Global perspective
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • The bedrock of Jesuit education


  • “For the greater glory of God”
  • Freedom to choose
  • Excellence and rigor in all things

“Men and women with and for others”:

  • Solidarity and equality of all people
  • Dignity of the human person
  • Social nature of the human person
  • Care of creation
  • Service: love shown by action

Service of Faith and Promotion of Justice:

  • Faith is a verb, lived in our acts of justice
  • Act justly: respect the demands of right relationship
  • Promote the common good
  • Preferential option for the poor (Mt 25)
  • Critical thinking and effective communications
  • Life-long commitment to service

Catholic Principles and Values

  • The Dignity of the Human Person
  • Equality and Solidarity of All People
  • Social Nature of the Human Person
  • Political and Economic Rights and Responsibilities
  • Promotion of the Common Good
  • Preferential Option for the Poor
  • Promotion of Peace
  • Care for God’s Creation

Jesuit Values

  • A Sense of the Giftedness of Creation
    (World-affirming / Find God in all things)
  • Dignity and Value of Each Person
    (Person-centered / Appreciation of diversity / Solidarity)
  • Development of the Whole Person
    (Humanistic education / Responsible decision-making)
  • Call to Human Excellence
    (Academic rigor / Development of gifts and talents)
  • Action-oriented
    (Compassionate service / Agents of change for a better world)

Ideals of Jesuit Education

  • Pursuit of Excellence
  • Respect for the World, Its History and Mystery
  • Learning from Experience
  • Contemplative Vision Formed by Hope
  • Development of Personal Potential
  • Critical Thinking and Effective Communication
  • Appreciation of Things both Great and Small
  • Commitment to Service
  • Linking Faith with Justice
  • Special Concern for the Poor and Oppressed
  • International and Global Perspective
  • Discerning Mindset: Finding God in all Things

Jesuit Education Is…

  • Instrumental:
    (…not an end in itself, but a means to the service of God and others.)
  • Student Centered:
    (…adapted to the individual as much as possible, to nurture an independent and responsible learner.)
  • Characterized by Structure:
    (…with systematic organization of successive objectives and systematic procedures for evaluation and accountability.)
  • Flexible:
    (… freedom is encouraged and personal responsibility and self-direction expected; the teacher is an experienced guide, not primarily a deliverer of pre-packaged knowledge.)
  • Eclectic:
    (…drawing on a variety of the best methods and techniques available.)
  • Personal:
    (…the whole person is affected, with the goals of personal appropriation, attitudinal and behavioral change, and overall excellence.)

 Petrean Pledge

As a Petrean, I embrace the values that foster the human respect and integrity needed for people to live, work, study and interact as a learning community at Ƶ College.

In this spirit,I will act in accordance with the
values defined in the College’s
mission statement.I will respect the uniqueness and
dignity of each person.I will practice personal and academic

I will be responsible and accountable
for my actions and their impact on

I will abide by the policies of the

I will demonstrate self-discipline in
all situations and seek peaceful
resolutions of adverse situations.


I will publicly stand for all of these