At the end of January, 32 of our students and five teachers volunteered to spend their long weekend serving those in the margins in Camden, New Jersey through our partnership with the Romero Center.
Earlier in the year, six of our students represented Loyola at the canonization of Archbishop Oscar Romero, after whom the Romero Center is named. These experiences are central to the learning of a student at Loyola, as ours is an education that transcends the wall of classrooms.
It is an education of the head, the heart, and the hands. One that aspires for human excellence.
At Loyola, we are blessed with a community of students and teachers who are committed to academic excellence and the development of a love of learning. This is based on a rigorous curriculum and an openness and willingness to constantly reflect on how we learn and teach. It is also based on a commitment to a deep understanding of our students’ context, and its rapidly changing nature.
Above all though, it is based on strong relationships as the precursor and underpinning factor to learning and growth.
In fact, as a Jesuit high school, Loyola exists as part of an extraordinary 450-year-old tradition of global, educational excellence. More accurately, a 450-year old tradition of formation, as a Jesuit education not only seeks to educate but to form and ultimately transform our students into intelligent, self-aware, contemplatives in action with a deep, unshakable set of convictions and values.
It aims to form young women and men who lead based on these beliefs, from the inside out, and through relationship and a genuine accompaniment of those whom they serve.
In a world that is increasingly individualistic, superficial and secular this is an enormous challenge. Therefore, a Jesuit education has never been more important. But it also requires the courage to be counter-cultural.