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Ignatian Identity and Awareness

Each November, a delegation of Loyola students join representatives from other Jesuit high schools as well as Jesuit colleges and universities for the Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice.  Inspired by the commemoration of the Jesuit martyrs of El Salvador, the Teach-in provides the opportunity for students to explore a variety of justice issues, to reflect on the Ignatian commitment to the faith that does justice, and to celebrate and pray with other members of the Ignatian family.

On or near the date of the canonization of St. Ignatius Loyola and St. Francis Xavier, the Loyola community celebrates Ignatian Awareness Day, which highlights the work of the Society of Jesus and their companions. Recent Ignatian Awareness Day speakers have included Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J., the founder of Homeboy Industries, Fr. James Martin, S.J. author and editor-at-large of America Magazine, and Fr. Gregory Chisholm, S.J., pastor is St. Charles Borromeo parish.

Loyola School shares with the other members of the Jesuit Schools Network the Profile of the Graduate of a Jesuit High School at Graduation, more commonly referred to as the Grad at Grad.  This profile identifies six areas of lifelong growth in the Ignatian tradition and describes students in Jesuit high schools as becoming more open to growth, academically excellent, religious, loving, committed to doing justice, and globally competent.  Throughout each year, Loyola students, faculty, and staff are invited to reflect on their own growth in each of these areas, and several members of the community are invited to share their reflections with the entire school.  Individual student interviews at the end of the sophomore and senior years are also based on the Grad at Grad.

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