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The Ignatian Values described below have been identified by SPAHP as essential themes for Professional Formation in the health professions.  They are not rules drawn from a constitution but rather inseparable charisms derived from the lived experience of Ignatius, and thus are part of the living Ignatian tradition that you will continue to shape.  They are a means not an end, they are strategies in accomplishing the transformation of ourselves and our world.

Ignatius of Loyola taught others to experience life attuned to God’s activity in everyday circumstances. Finding God in all things is an invitation to encounter God's presence in each moment, to become aware of God’s beauty in everything, and to notice God's action in all the events of our lives through an ongoing process of personal discernment. As such, every academic discipline provides hope to encounter the divine.  Click here for a biographical sketch of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

Latin meaning “care for the person”, or "personal care". Cura personalis is having concern and care for the personal development of the “whole person”, and dedication to promoting human dignity. This includes being open to and accepting of a person’s religious and spiritual development. It also describes the type of care we give as educators and health care professionals... we give not only of our knowledge, expertise and skill, but of ourselves. The care given, and the care received, is "personal care" not "institutionalized care".

Latin meaning the “more”, or "the greater good". Magis embodies reflection and discernment, “What is the best choice in a given situation, of several good choices,  to better glorify or serve the Lord?”; e.g. choosing between options encountered in life with a primary focus of being “God centered”. "Magis" does NOT mean to always do or give “more” to the point of personal exhaustion. It is a value central to Ignatian spirituality and encompassed by the Latin phrase “Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam” meaning “For the Greater Glory of God”. (Motto of the Society of Jesus).

A spirit of giving and providing service to those in need and recognizing that all humans have physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. In 1973, Father Pedro Arrupe, S.J. (previous Superior General of the Society of Jesus) put it this way … “Men and women who will live not for themselves, who cannot even conceive of a love of God which does not include a love for the least of their neighbors, and who are completely convinced that a love of God which does not result in justice for all is a farce”. Father Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., (also a former Superior General of the Society of Jesus) describes our goal to form leaders in health care who are "men and women of competence, conscience and compassionate commitment." This value also embodies mutuality and equality among those who are serving and being served.

All individuals (faculty, staff, & students) are encouraged to seek justice for all God’s creatures, especially the poor and marginalized. According to the Gospel, our goal is to work for the betterment of society as a whole. This is what “A Faith That Does Justice” actually means. We aim to form change agents - reflective practitioners who are able to take responsible action on moral and ethical issues and who will be change agents in society, "contemplatives in action" .  Back to top

Fr. Andy Alexander SJ on Ignatian Values and Education

Fr. Andy Alexander, S.J. is Vice President for University Ministry and Director of the Collaborative Ministry Office.  Go to Online Ministries and click on "Characteristics of Ignatian Education" in the lower left hand corner to watch a 10 minute video about Ignatian Values and Education.

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Personal Reflections
“I feel that the Jesuit values have helped me become a well rounded person.  Academics are not the only thing stressed, but also service to others and care for the person.  I feel these values will make me a better healthcare professional because that is what we do; we care for and serve others.  We have also learned the importance of reflection, and through this I have learned much about myself and others through my experiences.”

-Stacy Pladera, Doctor of PT Class of 2010.

Click here to read more personal reflections by students, faculty and staff regarding how the Ignatian Values have been meaningful in their education and teaching.    Back to top


Saint Ignatius of Loyola - Then and Now

Click here for a brief biography of Ignatius

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Ignatian Seminar for the Health Sciences

Click here for audio recordings of the Ignatian Seminar sessions; topics related to Ignatius and Jesuit Mission and Identity

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Audio Recordings of various topics related to Ignatian Spirituality

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FAQS  Click here for answers to frequently asked questions.

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