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Jesuits gather in Boston for worldwide education conference


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BOSTON -- For the first time since St. Ignatius of Loyola formed the order in in 1540, Jesuit educators came together from all over the world for the first International Colloquium on Jesuit Secondary Education themed "The World is Our House" on the campus of Boston College.

According to organizers from hosting Boston College High School, 400 educators associated with Jesuit schools descended on Boston from 61 countries on six continents. The five-day colloquium provided Jesuit educators 52 workshops addressing concerns and topics relevant to Jesuit education, discussion opportunities including panel events and breakout sessions, and keynote talks from eight authorities in Jesuit education.

After a video welcome from Father Adolfo Nicolas, SJ, the superior general of the Society, Father Jose Alberto Mesa, SJ, Society of Jesus Secretary for Secondary and Pre-Secondary Education, opened the conference with a welcome keynote entitled "An Eye to the Future: Our Continued Collaboration."

"This colloquium, the Society of Jesus hopes is the beginning of a new way of proceeding, a new way of being schools, in the Jesuit tradition. That probably means that we need to take networking and global networking very seriously, and that we need to incorporate that global dimension into our education," he said afterward.

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