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DISCERNMENT: THE FORTÉ OF JESUIT EDUCATION
The Honor Society of Jesuit Colleges and Universities
We encourage you to learn more and take action with us…so that we all answer God’s call expressed through the world’s cry. -FATHER GENERAL ARTURO SOSA, SJ
FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD
In the feature on the Universal
Each issue will include your
Apostolic Preferences, Father
favorite features from the news-
General Sosa invites us to “Learn
letter: student chapter news and
more and take action with us!”
alumni club happenings, as well
The Preferences will guide the
as a new column called, What
work of all Jesuit apostolates
the Jesuits are Thinking Now, an
for the next ten years and will
update from Rome by Michael
strongly influence A∑N’s vision
Garanzini, SJ, the Secretary
and mission. The Preference
General for Higher Education
Showing the Way to God urges us
for the Society of Jesus. In
to the Spiritual Exercises and
addition to the magazine, look
to discernment, as did Stephen
for the A∑N e-newsletter in
Sundborg, SJ, in his keynote at
August, January, and May, which
the 2018 Triennial Conference;
will bring you more timely news,
we share his message as well as
events, and member stories.
discernment resources. I hope you enjoy the magazine
elcome to the premiere issue of the Alpha Sigma Nu magazine, which will
arrive in your mailboxes each October. The articles in this first issue suggest our motivation for moving from the newsletter to the magazine format. We are the Jesuit honor society, representing an increasingly international and more active network of Jesuit educated members and potential collaborators on Jesuit mission. There are important stories and worthwhile resources to share in this longer format.
In this first year of my board
and find yourself returning to it
presidency, my greatest wonder
often to read the articles in full,
has been seeing members living
reference the resources shared,
the A∑N values in such diverse
and to be inspired to “learn more
and faith-filled ways. Every issue
and take action.”
of the magazine will feature member ‘voices.’ This issue
Tom Nolan (Saint Louis ’01)
highlights youthful voices in step
President of the A∑N
with the Preference Journeying
Board of Directors
with Youth, beginning with Marie Therese Kane on her immersion experience and climate change and José Aranda Álvarez on his international experience of membership. Saint Louis University A∑N adviser Christopher Collins, SJ, also adds his voice on the Preferences and the university.
ON THE COVER
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Adviser Steve Spahn, SJ, taking part in the induction
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of new members at Loyola University Maryland. Photo by Larry Canner
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12 DISCERNMENT: THE FORTÉ OF JESUIT EDUCATION
The Honor Society of Jesuit Colleges and Univers ities
We encourage you to learn more and take action wit h us…so that we all answer God’s call expressed thro ugh the world’s cry. -FATHER GENERAL ARTURO
IN THIS ISSUE
Issue 01 / 2019
Contents The Universal Apostolic Preferences The Preferences, presented by Father General Arturo Sosa, SJ, were discerned over two years with all 16,000 Jesuits. Learn how you can live the A∑N tenet of Loyalty moved by the Preferences.
04 A TRI-CONTINENTAL EXPERIENCE OF ALPHA SIGMA NU One member’s experience of A∑N at Loyola Andalucia, Marquette, and Sogang
Visiting A∑N’s first
The forté of Jesuit education
international chapter was a
can serve you at any age, with
tutorial in the diversity of
each important life choice
11 ON THE GROUND: Q&A How the Apostolic Preferences guide A∑N and university missions
16 PROPHETS OF A FUTURE NOT OUR OWN A young member’s call to action on
the universal Jesuit network
climate change after an eye-opening immersion in India
14 CHAPTER NOTES News and updates from AΣN’s student chapters
18 WHAT THE JESUITS ARE THINKING NOW
19 BOOK AWARD In this 40th and final
A regular column with
year of the Alpha Sigma Nu
updates from Rome by
Book Award, AΣN recognizes
the Secretary for Higher
Education for the
in Professional Studies
Society of Jesus
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A Tri-Continental Experience of Alpha Sigma Nu JOSÉ ARANDA ÁLVAREZ (Loyola Andalucia ’16)
It was May 2016 when I first
had any idea of the culture of
heard of A∑N. I received an
this country. However, thanks
e-mail explaining that I had
to A∑N, I was able to get
been selected to something
involved in the chapter. This
called an ‘honor society,’ a
changed my whole experience
concept that I was learning
there. It was in Korea where I
for the first time in my life.
understood the power of the
As a first-generation student of
organization’s online Member
Universidad Loyola Andalusia
Directory. At the same time,
(Spain), this organization was
it was very beautiful to see that
totally different than anything
even when the activities held by
I encountered before. Little
this chapter were very different
did I know then how important
from what I saw in the U.S.,
A∑N would be for my
we all shared the same ideals
that A∑N bears.
Just months after, I was honored
When the summer arrived,
to be inducted into A∑N at
I applied for a Seelos Grant
Marquette University, where
that A∑N offers for attending
I was studying abroad. Being so
the National Jesuit Student
close to the A∑N Central Office,
Leadership Conference which
also at Marquette, gave me the
was hosted by Georgetown
chance to get closer to the
University. This week at George-
society and understand its
town, with student leaders from a
worldwide character and
variety of campus organizations
mission. From the start, I
all around the U.S., would later
quickly fell in love with the
be very helpful as I arrived back
Jesuit ideals that A∑N
at Loyola Andalusia’s campus.
promotes, and I was excited
Since the A∑N chapter at
to learn more about it.
Loyola Andalusia had only been running for one year, I decided
After the U.S., I got to go to
to join the Executive Team to
Sogang University (Seoul, Rep.
try to give back all I received
of Korea) for another study
from A∑N. During that academic
abroad experience. In Korea,
year, I was happy to share with
I got to fully see the beauty of this organization. As a
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during my tri-continental
foreigner in such a different
experience with A∑N and to
culture it was not easy to
in some way do my bit in laying
get along with Korean
the foundation of the first
students; I was only
European chapter of the
there for a few months,
Jesuit honor society, inspired
I did not speak their
by its American and Asian
language, and I barely
the chapter everything I learned
Sogang Visiting Alpha Sigma Nu’s Oldest International Chapter KATE GAERTNER (Marquette ’04) Executive Director of Alpha Sigma Nu
What a privilege it was to be the first Alpha Sigma Nu representative to visit Sogang University! AΣN’s first international chapter, the Sogang chapter was established in 1975. I feel that it was a perfect moment to visit Sogang to both connect and learn. ISSUE 01 /
A∑N has been encouraged to
(Sogang ’04) is particularly
welcome international chapters.
interested in strengthening
From the International
the Jesuit skill set of chapter
Association of Jesuit Universities,
we are called to strengthen the
reflection, and discernment.
network of those Jesuit-educated to serve as collaborators with the
Father Kim organized a
Jesuits. Father General Arturo
productive and fruitful agenda
Sosa, as you will read in the
for my visit. On my first day in
Apostolic Preferences article,
Seoul, I met with the Chairman
believers, those in Korea who
tells us that globalization gives
of the Foundation, Moon-Soo
identify as non-affiliated are
us the tools to unite as a
Park, SJ; University President,
universal body pursuing the
Jong Gou Park, SJ, (Sogang
’17); Executive Vice-President,
“Unlike many in the United States who identify as unchurched
more likely to say they have
External Affairs, Kyung-Hwan
no spiritual belief. So how
My Sogang visit was a tutorial
Kim, PhD (Sogang ’83);
do a Jesuit university and
in the diversity of this universal
body and the importance of
Academic Affairs, Kyun Kim,
appreciating the culture when
PhD (Sogang ’18); and Vice
getting to know a university
President for Campus Ministry,
Cura personalis…caring for
Chihun Kim, SJ. We discussed
the whole person.”
More than 45% of South Koreans
of the president and vice-
practice no religion, about 22%
presidents to the chapter and
are Buddhists, and 28% are
the chapter’s role in strengthening
Christians with 11% identifying
an A ∑ N chapter respond?
the importance of the support
Catholic and 18% identifying Protestant. The Catholic
Father Kim treated me to
population at Sogang is 25%.
my first Korean buffet as he
Unlike many in the United States
invited faculty who were A∑N
who identify as unchurched
members to gather for lunch.
believers, those in Korea who
I especially enjoyed speaking
identify as non-affiliated are
with Hyunjung Kim, PhD
more likely to say they have
(Sogang ’04) as we discussed
no spiritual belief. So how do
what her A∑N induction meant
a Jesuit university and an A∑N
to her and her time at Purdue
chapter respond? Cura personalis…
University where she earned
caring for the whole person.
The Sogang chapter is active AΣN Executive Director Kate Gaertner and Adviser Yonghae Kim, SJ, with new Sogang inductees
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in service projects and offers
That evening, Father Kim and
retreat programs focused on
I met with the A∑N chapter
reflection and decision-making.
officers to discuss their plans
A∑N Adviser and Director of
for 2019-2020. The distance and
the Ignatius Center for Human
time difference between Sogang
Development Yonghae Kim, SJ
and A∑N’s other chapters make
Religious Affiliation in South Korea
connecting their leaders to the
other in their connection to each
Kate Gaertner and
A∑N student leader community
other, to Sogang, and to their
Adviser Yonghae Kim, SJ,
challenging; we discussed ways
at dinner with AΣN alumni
to include them more effectively Attending inductions is my
students at Jesuit universities,
favorite role as Executive
these students think interna-
Meeting with Sogang A∑N
Director; the Sogang induction
tionally, and the opportunity
alumni was another highlight of
was such a special experience.
of connecting with other Jesuit
my trip. Father Kim invited a
I truly felt the power of Alpha
educated students from across
group of young alumni to dinner
Sigma Nu to connect members
the world gave them a sense of
(another delicious Korean buffet!).
across cultures and oceans as the
the Alpha Sigma Nu mission
This group is an informal A∑N
new inductees made the A∑N
alumni club, supporting each
pledge that unites us all. Moon-
other through the years of
Soo Park, SJ, the Chairman of the
We celebrated with, of course,
establishing careers and families.
Sogang foundation, addressed
another delicious Korean buffet!
South Korea’s work culture is
the inductees and formally
hierarchical, demanding long
declared them A∑N members.
work hours, especially from its
In my address to the inductees,
younger professionals. Again,
I encouraged their embrace of
cura personalis is at work as they,
their Jesuit education and the
and Father Kim, encourage each
A∑N values. As with many
in the coming year.
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APOSTOLIC PREFERENCES A New Framework for Living Loyalty
EXCERPTED FROM THE WEBSITE OF THE GENERAL CURIA OF THE JESUITS
he Universal Apostolic Preferences,
presented by Father General Arturo Sosa, SJ, were discerned over two years with all 16,000 Jesuits, with diverse missions and from different cultures,
participating along with Jesuit
can show A∑N members
mission partners. Pope Francis
the path to living the tenet
confirmed the Preferences in a
of Loyalty moved by the
meeting with Fr. Sosa, endorsing
Preferences. At the end of the
them as a guide for the Society
description of each Preference,
of Jesus’s apostolic work for the
members can find some
next ten years.
suggestions for what to do.
In the Alpha Sigma Nu
Alpha Sigma Nu is grateful to
Induction Ritual, Loyalty is
the Jesuit Curia for sharing the
defined in part: Membership is
description and images of the
a lifelong vocation …You will
Universal Apostolic Preferences.
become collaborators with the
Find the full descriptions, action
Society of Jesus in the service
steps, videos, and resources at
of faith and the promotion of
justice, with a special care for
Inspire others by sharing this
the marginalized and the poor.
site with your friends.
When wisdom comes into your heart and knowledge is a delight to you, then prudence will be there to watch over you, and discernment be your guardian. PROVERBS 2:10-11
Journeying with youth in the creation of a hope-filled future
Wisdom is brilliant, she never fades. By those who love her, she is readily seen, by those who seek her, she is readily found WISDOM 6:12
REALITY Youth is a time for fundamental decisions and the beginning of fulfilling our dreams. And yet, young people today face enormous challenges: the uncertainty of relationship in a
Showing the way to God
digital era, diminishing opportunities for work, the growth of political violence, discrimination, degradation of the
through the spiritual exercises and discernment
environment. All of this makes it difficult for them to find a
WHAT YOU CAN DO
road where they can build supportive personal and family relations based on solid spiritual and financial foundations.
We are constantly being
1 Young people have so many
bombarded with images and
possibilities in this digital age
options and there is almost
which unites them as never
no space to find our true self
before. We want to walk
or to let God find us. We often
with them, discerning these
don’t know or drown out our
possibilities and finding God
own desires, our passions and
in the depths of reality. 2 We
a sense of our true vocation. Without the wisdom of the Spirit we can easily have a sense
Learn more about discernment and the Spiritual Exercises.
want our apostolic works and houses to be spaces open to youthful creativity in which
that we are not in charge of
the encounter with the God of
our own destiny, puppets at
life is fostered. 3 We commit
the mercy of the moment.
to promoting a healthy and
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Reflect on the relationship with your children. Think how it could be better. Try to implement the conclusions.
safe environment for children
OUR RESPONSE 1 We want to help people find Jesus Christ and to live His way. 2 We want to accompany people
and young people so that they Take part in a Jesuit retreat and find a spiritual director through the Jesuits’ website in your country.
Jesus Christ and to feel them-
universities and those who work
and political spheres. 3 We want
in parishes to help in the faith
to promote in-depth study of the
to help young people to know
Support responsible sex-education agenda.
5 We ask our schools, our
in the social, economic, cultural
to offer a deeper alternative
as human beings. 4 We want
selves loved, saved and forgiven.
as they discern complex choices
Spiritual Exercises. 4 We want
can develop their full potential
Pray using the resources shared in our websites and smartphone apps.
development of young people and creatively adapt the Spiritual Exercises.
Learn more about the youth-related problems, challenges and reality.
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Walking with the excluded,
the poor, the outcasts of the world, those whose dignity has been violated, in a mission of reconciliation and justice
Caring for our common
home for the protection and renewal of God’s Creation
REALITY We see the gap between rich and poor widen across the world and we hear weekly reports of hundreds perishing as they try to reach a new home. Political leaders have kindled hatred and erected walls between rich and poor, young
and old, those at home and those who have to migrate. The reality
Creation today is crying out as never before, laboring to be set free (Romans 8). Today’s environmental crisis is impacting
of children who have been abused, physically or sexually, is also painfully and personally present to us.
in a particular way on the poor and vulnerable. Action is needed urgently by Christians and by all people of good will. Whole nations and peoples need an ecological conversion if we are
to be honest custodians of this wonderful planet. We can still
1 We desire, first and foremost, a conversion in our own hearts,
change the course of history.
that makes us alive and sensitive to the suffering Christ in our midst. 2 Our Social Centers and universities, working
WHAT YOU CAN DO
together and with others, want to engage in a profound study of the world’s economic and social problems. 3 Our work in
1 At this vital time in our world’s
education at all levels will make people aware of the burning
history, the Society of Jesus
need for reconciliation, of the many who are estranged,
commits itself to answer this
vulnerable, alienated. 4 We commit to promoting a healthy
call of our Creator over the
and safe environment for children and young people and to stand
next ten years. 2 Our centers of higher learning want to identify areas where they can make a difference and contribute to a
Take responsibility – recycle trash, don’t waste energy & water, buy ecofriendly products.
against abuse of all kinds. 5 In all our work, we want to unite people where they are separated, to heal them where they are wounded. We want to work collaboratively in this field hospital of our world, witnessing to a faith that promotes reconciliation based on justice.
change of mind and heart. 3 Our social centers will study root causes, collaborating with the Higher Education sector and with others who share our
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Support proecological agenda.
concerns. 4 Schools can make sure that new generations are made aware and can integrate this issue with their faith. 5 Spiritual and pastoral centers, parishes and chaplaincies can work together to highlight awareness of God’s call in this area.
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Learn more about ecological issues at ecojesuit.com
Become a volunteer of Jesuit Refugee Service in your country.
Look around you. Is there anyone you could support in your family, parish, or neighborhood?
Vote for politicians, who represent pro-humanitarian and human rights agenda.
On the Ground How the Apostolic Preferences Guide the Alpha Sigma Nu and University Missions
Q: As an adviser, how do you see the SLU A∑N chapter responding to this call from the Father General? �: I think these Apostolic Preferences might be worth reflecting upon for chapter leadership of A∑N to help set agendas in coming years for initiatives on campus. For example,
CHRISTOPHER COLLINS, SJ (Saint Louis ’16)
perhaps some A∑N members might reach out to campus ministers to see how they could help enhance and deepen some of the offerings around faith development and spirituality. They might take the opportunity to learn more about the
Q: What was your first reaction when you read the
Spiritual Exercises, and more importantly, experience them!
Universal Apostolic Preferences?
Furthermore, for the preference related to care for our common
�: I was struck by how consistent they were with the way
home, A∑N members might find faculty teaching both about
the Society’s mission in recent decades has unfolded. Certainly,
environmental challenges from a natural science perspective
the primacy of providing care for the spiritual lives of those we
and those who teach from a social science and humanities
serve by offering forms of the Spiritual Exercises was prominent
perspective to encourage some collaboration across disciplines
and not surprising. Focusing on youth especially was a bit of a
that consider environmental challenges in light of their impact,
new development as was the emphasis on the environment. Still,
especially on the poor. That is what Laudato Si is all about.
the education that is motivated by the promotion of faith and the justice that is required in that promotion remains essential.
Q: Father General Sosa hopes that the Preferences will “capture our imaginations and awaken our
Q: How will the Apostolic Preferences guide your work
desires.” What are your hopes for their impact
as assistant to the president of mission and identity at
across the Society of Jesus?
Saint Louis University?
�: Our own Apostolic Preferences in the Society are clearly,
�: Tying the focus on faith development and the emphasis on
of course, echoing the urging of Pope Francis. It’s clear in his
young people is obviously right in the sweet spot for university
approach that the urgency around environmental concerns are
mission. As our culture gets more and more secularized, and as
intensified because of the plight of the poor who suffer most
many young people are experiencing great levels of anxiety and
from environmental degradation. Getting educated and activated
stress, perhaps in part because of the diminishment of faith, it
on these matters is a call to do justice in our world, because
is more urgent than ever that we find ways in the context
creation and the human persons who populate creation are all
of university communities to integrate the life of the mind, the
gifts of God, meriting reverence and care and concern. I think
pathways for professional development, and the grounding of
there is a unique opportunity to bridge the natural and social
the whole of this education in an experience of the love,
sciences through a philosophical and theological lens here. Who
goodness and beauty of God.
better than Alpha Sigma Nu leadership to drive that integration?!
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The Forté of Jesuit Education Alpha Sigma Nu inductees face big decisions involving the next steps after graduation: What career to pursue? Shall I volunteer for a year? Should I accept a job offer? How will I maintain my relationships? However, the challenge of decision-making does not end there. Vinita Hampton Wright, in her article Discernment at Different Stages of Life for IgnatianSpirituality.com, describes how every stage of life brings decisions that need discernment: When we’re young—in late
Into middle adulthood—late
childhood and the teen years—
30s into the 50s—discernment
much discernment has
gets even trickier because by
to do with recognizing right
now we likely have multiple
and appropriate attachments
In the years of young adulthood,
And in our later years, we must
we face—sometimes quite
discern how best to use the
suddenly—major decisions that
energies and resources we have
can have great impact on the rest of life
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Anticipating the Universal Apostolic Preferences, Stephen Sundborg, SJ (Seattle ’99), President of Seattle University, urged the delegates at Alpha Sigma Nu’s 2018 Triennial Conference to a renewed commitment to helping members discern life choices:
“Discernment requires quieting, removing all distractions and noises, gradually learning how to be present to oneself...”
RESOURCE HUB Use IgnatianSpirituality.com as an online resource, and search your Jesuit Province’s website for more regional resources.
"Discernment is more than and different from decisionmaking. The latter is required for 90% of issues we face in life and a Jesuit education is renowned for graduating students who are good
Alpha Sigma Nu, as a Jesuit honor
decision-makers. You could almost
society, must discern and find its own
say it is the forté of our education—
future by finding the ways to help its
great decision-making, informed
members to discern their life choices.
deliberation leading to action,
Doing so is one way for A∑N to
practiced good judgement. But
evolve with the emerging priorities
discernment is more, is for the other
of our day of what 'Jesuit' means."
10%, and that 10% is the critical part of making life choices that shape
Father Sundborg issued a
who and what our alumni become.
challenge to Alpha Sigma Nu.
Discernment requires quieting,
At the same time, Father Sosa
removing all distractions and noises,
is telling us that the Universal
gradually learning how to be present
Apostolic Preferences are vital
to oneself, coming into a freedom
orientations that should inspire
from the voices all around, learning
all ministries, including A∑N.
to hear and listen to one’s own voice, one’s own deepest self and truth
As a Jesuit and Ignatian resource
where our deepest desires can guide
hub for members, A∑N is
us in unexpected ways and where we
committed to helping members
believe the Spirit of God dwells and
live the Society’s values
moves and speaks and calls within
throughout their lives. Wherever
us. This is what discernment, rather
you may be in your life’s journey,
than ordinary decision-making, is.
these discernment resources are
It only is applied to good things, good
only a trip to the bookstore or
choices, and it only should be used for
a Google search away. Whether
seeking guidance in the biggest choices
you prefer a quick reference or
of our lives. There is nothing I more
an extended retreat to help you
desire in graduates of our schools—
make that next important life
and nothing more a sign of it being
choice, there are resources to
truly a Jesuit education—than that
they have the capacity to discern their life choices.
Discernment in a Nutshell
Joseph Tetlow, SJ
The Ignatian Framework
Discernment in the
for Making Decisions
Kevin O’Brien, SJ (Georgetown ’87)
How Ignatian Spirituality Gives Us a
What is Discernment
Way to Discern God’s Will
RETREATS & SPIRITUAL DIRECTION
David Fleming, SJ
What’s Your Decision? How to Make Choices with Confidence and Clarity
Full listing of Ignatian and Jesuit retreat houses:
J. Michael Sparough, SJ
(Detroit Mercy ’72)
The Ignatian Adventure:
Find an Ignatian
Experiencing the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius in Daily Life
Kevin O’Brien, SJ
spiritual director: ignatianspirituality.com/ how-to-find-aspiritual-director/
(Georgetown ’87) Always Discerning: An Ignatian Spirituality for the New Millennium Joseph Tetlow, SJ
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Thank You! We are grateful for these Chapter Advisers and their decades of service as exemplary bearers of the Alpha Sigma Nu tenets.
Frank Haig, SJ
(Wheeling Jesuit `��) Loyola University Maryland
Thank you for 20 years of service and the legacy you left with the establishment of the AΣN Haig Fund Grant for student chapter programming.
Charles Kovich, PhD
(Rockhurst `��) Rockhurst University
Thank you for over 30 years of leading the Rockhurst student chapter and serving adeptly as AΣN parliamentarian.
Michael Steltenkamp, SJ
(Wheeling Jesuit `��) Wheeling Jesuit University
Thank you for over 20 years as Adviser. The Daily Bread Run is the most long-running, noteworthy, and impactful service project in AΣN history – a wonderful example of faith doing justice!
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FRANCISCO SÁNCHEZ CUÉLLAR
(Boston College ’18)
(Loyola Andalucia ’17)
s A∑N’s student board members,
community. There was a continuous flow of
we chair the Chapter President
learning from each other on conference calls
Committee, ensuring that our student
and great brainstorming.
leaders are inspired and supported in leading their chapters, planning induc-
As we reviewed the end of year chapter
tions, and designing programs reflecting
reports, we were struck by the programs
the A∑N values. This past year, as we
that match up with the Preferences and
worked with the chapter presidents,
want to share with you the ways our
we started to feel a great sense of
chapters were already at work in 2018-19:
Showing the way to God through the spiritual exercises and discernment
Journeying with youth in the creation of a hope-filled future Campion and Loyola Maryland led programs targeting homeless youth.
Our chapters are sharing the Examen,
Other chapters focused their service on children and
the practice of gratitude,
youth in a variety of ways (Fairfield, Fordham, Le Moyne,
and discernment skills
Marquette, Wheeling Jesuit, and Xavier).
(Boston College, Fordham, Loyola Maryland, Loyola New Orleans, Saint Joseph’s, and Spring Hill). Chapters are strengthening connections to the Jesuit community and having conversations on faith (Fairfield, Georgetown, Gonzaga, John Carroll, and
Walking with the excluded, the poor, the outcasts of the world, those whose dignity has been violated, in a mission of reconciliation and justice
University of Scranton). Many chapters addressed hunger and homelessness in their service efforts (Fairfield, Fordham, Georgetown, Le Moyne, Loyola Marymount, Regis U, and Wheeling Jesuit). Seattle U’s chapter focused on refugees, collecting and delivering Christmas gifts to local refugees, while Loyola Andalucia raised funds to provide employment training for refugees.
Our chapters collaborate with other student organizations to make an impact on their campuses and community. They have learned that by sharing with others, more powerful events can be created. Some examples include Loyola Maryland with the York Road community and Loyola Andalucía with the Regional Center of Blood Transfusion. Looking to 2019-20, we are excited to meet the new A∑N officers at the upcoming leadership summits and on our
Caring for our common home for the protection and renewal of God’s Creation
monthly conference calls. Each call features a topic that intersects with the Jesuit ideals, such as immigration, service, or discernment for life after college. We will continue to engage the presidents in these meaningful conversations. We both have been amazed and motivated by their commitment to
Loyola Andalucia led the way for their
A∑N. The presidents’ conference calls and this fall’s leadership
campus in providing non-toxic water bottles
summits provide spaces for students and A∑N leaders to think
and advocating for recycling bins
collaboratively, share ideas and perspectives, and build a community to further the Alpha Sigma Nu mission.
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Prophets of a Future Not Our Own MARIE THERESE KANE (Holy Cross ’17)
our shared faith and Jesuit education, we
dismissed school early because there was
come from different worlds. Our country
no water; their natural water source dried
was responsible for this headline, and yet,
up a few years ago, forcing it to rely on
the decision would disproportionately
biweekly, unreliable shipments.
impact Loyola Xavier students. The U.S.
In 2017, I traveled to Bangalore, India, for a month-long academic immersion through College of the Holy Cross. Exploring “Social Justice in Context,” my peers and I dove into issues of development, globalization, gender, caste, and religious diversity. One weekend, we traveled to Manvi, a rural village, to visit Loyola Xavier School, which educates students who face discrimination as members of the Dalit caste. Dalits, or “untouchables,” sit on the lowest rung of the Hindu caste system. At Loyola Xavier, we participated in the morning assembly, during which students read aloud the daily news headlines. This is where I heard the headline from June 1, 2017: “United States withdraws from the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.” The announcement struck me; it interrupted a moment of kinship between Loyola Xavier and Holy Cross students with a reminder that, despite
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is the largest greenhouse gas emitter on
Climate change can be subtle in its
the planet, responsible for 27 percent of
interruptions; its everyday tragedies do
global historical emissions, while India,
not always make the headlines. As an
despite being the fourth largest emitter
international studies major at a Jesuit,
today, is responsible for only three per-
liberal arts college, however, I fought
cent of historic emissions.
the urge to view the unsettling scenes as isolated phenomena, unfortunate
The announcement’s drama was
parts of what it means to be poor or
magnified as we observed the
Indian. These events are emblematic
inconvenience and insecurity of a
of larger climate trends and call us
climate-changed world during our trip.
to pay attention and act now in
Manvi was in its third year of an extreme
ways we have not before.
drought, which had made food, water, and employment scarce. Temperatures spiked to 106 degrees as we drove through the village. Our windows framed scenes that continue to haunt me—bridges reaching across empty valleys where rivers used to flow, miles of dusty, barren soil, and a few scattered women bowed over farming tools, trying to till life out of the scorched earth. Father Arun Luis, SJ, the principal of Loyola Xavier, shared that many students asked to stay at school over their last summer break so that they would have food to eat. Scenes did not improve in Bangalore, where we watched as Catholic school teachers
The Call to Act While many Jesuit schools have begun to address climate change through dialogue and on-campus mitigation efforts, its urgency demands a conversion that is distinctive to our Jesuit identity. By educating the Dalit children in India, the Jesuits take a radical stance against an
unjust social structure. In the U.S., we have similar unjust systems, namely, an economic model which relies on the extraction of fossil fuels to drive economic growth at any cost. Pope Francis tells us that to address the climate crisis, we must move beyond technological solutions and confront our unsustainable overconsumption of our planet’s
the intensive use of fossil fuels.”
Loyola Xavier School is a model of how we can leverage
Fordham's chapter is consistently outstanding, however, this year,
resources, “aggravated by a model of development based on
our institutions’ moral and political power to address the structural causes of climate change - a problem as sprawling as our network, as entangled in culture, ethics, and politics as our mission. We can start with fossil fuel divestment, which involves releasing investments in fossil fuel industries as part of a global movement to shift resources from an extractive energy system. While a few Jesuit schools have achieved partial divestment commitments, including Georgetown, campaigns in the Catholic Divestment Network are organizing for full divestment and reinvestment in responsible funds. Institutions can also endorse carbon-pricing legislation, which puts a price on carbon emissions to account for their negative externalities (think: crop loss in Manvi), incentivizing the transition to a clean energy economy. In 2017, Fordham became the first
Chapter President Morgan Menzzasalma (Fordham ’18), along with executive board members Brighid Morgan (Fordham ’18), Andrew Hof (Fordham ’18), Kaetlyn Conner (Fordham ’18), and Adviser Michael Trerotola (Fordham ’16) organized and executed an ambitious and innovative calendar of programs. The selection committee was particularly impressed by the way Morgan and the team shared lessons and energy from the Triennial Conference with the chapter membership. Starting with information sessions and weaving into programs throughout the year, the team emphasized what makes A∑N unique among honor societies, shared how to connect with the worldwide alumni network, incorporated reflection into each chapter program, and chose topics that highlighted themes from the Triennial speeches.
Jesuit school to endorse carbon pricing.
On top of 17 service projects — ranging from homeless outreach,
The fact that some Jesuit students do not have food because
numerous events to connect directly to the Jesuit community.
of climate change, while other Jesuit schools continue to take small steps towards sustainability is embarrassing and unacceptable given the mission of Jesuit higher education. Every year on our campuses, we honor the Jesuit Martyrs who were murdered at the University of Central America in El Salvador for witnessing to the Gospel in a moment of political uncertainty, violence, and fear. What will it take for us to recognize that we, too, are being called to be prophets of our time? You can read the full article, first published in Conversations Magazine at conversationsmagazine.org/web-features/2018/7/20/prophets-of-a-future-not-our-own
to blood drives, to early literacy advocacy — the chapter also held Chapter members visited with retired Jesuits, had dinner with scholastics, held Jesuits on Tap events, and once again hosted Father McShane's Bucket List — an exclusive program for A∑N members with the university president to discuss what they should put on their 'to do' list before graduation. New opportunities this year included an Executive Leadership Series, where A∑N members were invited to attend a networking event with Fordham's influential alumni, and Jesuit trivia with the Manresa Scholars program to introduce high achieving freshman to A∑N ’s mission. To cap off the student chapter experience, they hosted the Senior Toast, an event for graduating seniors to reflect on their time at Fordham, get resources for staying connected to their Jesuit roots, and be inspired by remarks from University
Honorable Mention goes to
President Father McShane.
Fairfield University’s chapter for outstanding efforts to rebuild their chapter, increase awareness of AΣN, and set the chapter up for future success. ISSUE 01 / 17
UPDATES UPDATE exchange across Jesuit institu-
without succumbing to
tions that will give students an
isolationism and xenophobia.
opportunity to explore another institution’s efforts to “live the mission.” The agreement will allow two students from each participating institution to spend a semester at a “sister” institution in courses and internships giving them a close look at how the institution advances the mission of serving the poor. The program should be ready for implementation by fall 2020 or spring 2021.
MICHAEL GARANZINI, SJ (Saint Louis ’71) Secretary of Higher Education for the Society of Jesus
efforts to deal productively with climate change and the challenges of stewardship of the planet. Several Jesuit universities, led by Loyola Chicago’s Institute for Environmental Sustainability, will be promoting community -based research at their next summit in March of 2020. Research that is focused on addressing local challenges — be it water, crops, air quality,
Jesuit business education will
mineral poisoning, etc., —
be getting a sharp, critical eye.
is more likely to attract local
A task force of 10 business
collaborators, involve students
school deans from around the
and immerse the student and
Jesuit world are examining how
faculty member in real-world
business school curricula and
challenges in the community.
programs can come more in
It all looks very promising for
line with what “Laudato
this new organization.
Si” called an “economy of inclusion” as opposed to an economy that wastes, destroys
n his speech to the
the political and social trans-
formation of their respective
of Jesuit Universities (IAJU) last
societies, he noted, is an urgent
July, the Superior General of the
need in today’s world of populist
Jesuits, Fr. Arturo Sosa, called
and ideologically driven political
on Jesuit universities to become
leaders. These concerns are at
places where the Jesuit mission
the heart of a revival of
of reconciliation was evident.
He urged that research and curricular initiatives prepare a new generation of global leaders with the skills needed to combat global problems. Care for the planet, support for the refugee and migrant, and advocacy for the economic well-being of all are part of the character and mission of our institutions. Helping form global citizens engaged with
We’re also expanding our
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In the 12 months following this inaugural meeting, the IAJU Board has launched several programs that hope to advance the goals of collaboration between and among institutions. Here are a few of the projects in development.
the environment and dehumanizes. Rethinking business education is the aim of the “New Paradigm Project.” Jesuit universities have
We need to hear from young people who are able to articulate the deepest
produced a fair share of the
desires and hungers
world’s civic leaders. A new
of this generation.
study group is forming to examine how Jesuit universities are preparing a new generation
A strong link between IAJU and AΣN could
of civic and political leaders.
go a long way to
With liberal democracy under
attack and the critical need for leaders who think globally as well as locally, the task force is asking how we can better prepare the next generation of citizen leaders who ask the
MAGIS-Exchange for students:
right questions and take up the
This is a program of student
challenges we face globally
education institutions in these new apostolic priorities. Give us your feedback at iaju.org/contact
Alpha Sigma Nu
Book Award In this 40th year of the Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award, A∑N recognizes
excellence in scholarly writing from Jesuit universities displayed over
THE DEATH OF TREATY SUPREMACY: AN INVISIBLE CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE
the award’s 40-year history. Since 1979, 138 books have received the
David L. Sloss, Professor of Law,
RESPONDING TO THE CALL FOR EDUCATIONAL JUSTICE: TRANSFORMATIVE CATHOLIC-LED INITIATIVES IN URBAN EDUCATION
honor, including works from faculty of 22 Jesuit institutions.
Santa Clara University
L. Mickey Fenzel, Professor and
As the Jesuit honor society has evolved, student chapters have become
This book provides the
more active, and A∑N leaders have become more mission-focused.
first detailed history of the
The society looks to new opportunities to engage alumni in the Jesuit
Constitution's treaty supremacy
This work attests to the
mission. To that end, this 40th celebration of the Book Award will be
rule. Traditional supremacy
innovative and successful
its final year. With the continued evolution of A∑N, you can anticipate
rule provided that all treaties
educational alternatives designed
new programming that stewards our resources for the direct benefit of
supersede conflicting state laws.
and implemented by Catholic
our members and their lifelong commitment to Ignatian values.
Before 1945, treaty supremacy
religious groups to improve
and self-execution were
educational, career, and life
independent doctrines. In 1945,
outcomes for urban children,
the U.S. ratified the UN Charter,
adolescents, and adults at risk.
obligating nations to promote
These efforts have helped thousands
human rights "for all without
of urban citizens break away from
distinction as to race." In 1950,
the chains of poverty and poor
a CA court applied these human
academic preparation to succeed
rights provisions and traditional
in high school and beyond. This
treaty supremacy rule to invalidate
volume examines the contributions
a state law discriminating
of networks of schools, such
against Japanese nationals.
as NativityMiguel, Cristo Rey
The implications were shocking.
schools and Fe y Alegría, as well
The death of treaty supremacy
as more local initiatives, to teach
has significant implications for
educators, planners, funders, and
U.S. foreign policy and compliance
others who are inclined to invest
with its treaty obligations.
in effective urban education.
the outstanding scholarship represented by this year’s winners in the category of Professional Studies and celebrates the tradition of
Chair of Pastoral Counseling,
THE OTHER AIR FORCE: U.S. EFFORTS TO RESHAPE MIDDLE EASTERN MEDIA SINCE 9/11 Matthew Sienkiewicz, Chair of Communication and Professor of Communication and International Studies, Boston College As it seeks to win the hearts and minds of the Muslim world, the U.S. has poured millions of dollars into local television and radio programming. However, as this fascinating new book shows, the Middle Eastern media producers who rely on these funds are hardly puppets on an American string, but instead contribute their own political and artistic agendas. This book reveals the remarkable creative output that can emerge even from the world’s tensest conflict zones.
Loyola University Maryland
HUMANISTIC MANAGEMENT: PROTECTING DIGNITY – PROMOTING WELL-BEING Michael Pirson, Professor of Business, Fordham University In a world facing multiple crises, our foundational institutions are failing to offer effective solutions. Drawing on the emerging consilience of knowledge, Michael Pirson debunks the fundamental yet outdated assumptions of human nature that guide twentieth-century management theory and practice—as captured in the 'economistic' paradigm—and instead provides an urgently needed conceptual and practical 'humanistic' framework, based on the protection of human dignity and the promotion of well-being.
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