The Seven Pillars of Jesuit Wisdom: What Characterises Jesuit Education?


This article will deal with Jesuit education – that is to say, with education provided by Jesuits in high schools, colleges, universities, and elsewhere. It is Jesuit education that I have mostly experienced during a lifetime of study and teaching. I do not claim that Jesuit education has proved a truly unique tradition, that is, strictly speaking, the only one of its kind. But I do believe that at least seven distinct characteristics have converged to characterise Jesuit pedagogy and make it effective in the field of human and Catholic education.

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Gerald O’Collins SJ