Ignatian Tradition

2014 College Theme: Experience, Reflect, Act in the Service of Our Lord

Each year the College proclaims a theme that articulates an aspect of our Catholic Ignatian tradition. This theme becomes a practical focus for the College Community to bring alive and enact our Catholic heritage.

Saint Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556), founder of the Society of Jesus (also known as the Jesuits) and College Patron, lived a life of Giving Glory to God through prayer and service to others.

The 2014 College Theme is Experience, Reflect, Act ... In the Service of Our Lord. This theme calls to mind Saint Ignatius' instruction to his companions to pray the Examen and to do dedicate all we do and say to the greater glory of God. 

This year the College is introducing the praying of the Examen on a regular basis. Saint Ignatius suggested his companions pray this five stage prayer regularly. The prayer calls us to reflect on the events of the day, giving thanks for God’s gifts and the opportunities we had to experience God’s love and to do God’s work. We ask for forgiveness for those areas where we fell short and we identify possible changes and commit to these in the immediate future. The prayer finishes with a traditional prayer of the Church, such as the Our Father or the Glory Be To God.

College Prayer Life

At Loyola College all staff members contribute to the Christian experiences provided for our students, especially by their own personal witness to the Gospel.

Loyola College's Religious Education Program provides a context which facilitates faith development. The College acknowledges that the family is the first educator of the child and that its efforts can only complement the faith that is nurtured in the home.

In Years 7 to 10 Scripture, Prayer, Theology and Church teachings form an integrated foundation for the program with specific units on Sacraments, Church History, Liturgy, Prayer, Social Justice, Personal Development and Decision Making. In the senior years students study VCE units on aspects of Catholic Tradition and Teaching or Youth Ministry.

The Religious Education program is embedded in the day-to-day life of the College as a Christian Community. Regular class Masses, Reflection Days, Retreats and assistance for the marginalised in our community encourage the integration of faith and life.

Ignatian Tradition

Distinctive characteristics of the Ignatian tradition include:

  • commitment to a faith that does justice – awareness of needs of others and readiness to place one’s talents at their service
  • personal concern for the whole life of each student
  • development of a broad liberal education
  • emphasis on critical thinking and effective communication
  • striving for excellence
  • pervading philosophy with emphasis on actions rather than words
  • seeking out and doing what God is wanting a person to do in their lives

Loyola College is a member of the Ignatian Network, a group of about 95 Jesuit and non-Jesuit schools in Australasia together with others worldwide that share the spiritual and educational philosophy of St. Ignatius of Loyola. As such it seeks to develop each student’s individual capacity for reflection including the search for God in all things.

In accordance with its Mission and Vision Statement, the College aspires to develop articulate, adaptable, discerning and confident graduates of conscience committed to living the values of Jesus Christ in a global community.