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 Christian heritage.
Loyola College’s 2014 theme is ‘Experience, reflect, act in the service of Our Lord’.
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.
College Prayer Life
At Loyola all staff members contribute to the Christian experiences provided by the College for our students, especially by their own personal witness to the Gospel.
Loyola's Religious Education program provides a context which facilitiates faith development. The College acknowledges of course that the family is the first educator of the child and that our efforts can only complement the faith that is nurtured in the home.
In the senior years students study VCE units on aspects of Catholic Tradition and Teaching or Youth Ministry. 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.
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.
Distinctive characteristics of the Ignatian tradition include:
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.
We aspire to develop articulate, adaptable, discerning and confident graduates of conscience committed to living the values of Jesus Christ in a global community. (College Vision and Mission Statement 2008)