Ignatian Tradition

2015 College Theme: Magis .... many gifts, one Spirit

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.

This year’s theme, ‘Magis … many Gifts, one Spirit’, reminds us of St Paul’s letter to the people of Corinth almost 2000 years ago. ‘There are different kinds of gifts. But they are all given to believers by the same Spirit. There are different ways to serve. …… But the same God is working in all these ways and in all people.’ 1 Cor 12:4-6. 

Magis, in the Ignatian context, means making better choices in the ways we think, conduct ourselves and work, both alone and collaboratively in the service of the Lord. When we open ourselves to the Spirit, then God’s ways become our ways. That is the time we truly flourish.

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.