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The Eye of Love: Reflections on Jesuit Education

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The Eye of Love: Reflections on Jesuit Education

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Location: Loyola Hall, Heythrop College

You are invited to participate in a one-day conference on ‘Jesuits and Education’ being organised by the Heythrop Institute for Religion and Society.  Very soon after their foundation in 1540, the Jesuits became involved in the theory and practice of education at all levels, leading to the establishment of a European, then global, network of schools and colleges. These institutions were structured according to a powerful, distinctively Catholic vision of renaissance humanism.  

The history is an extraordinary one; but the Jesuit commitment and contribution to education continues today.  Recent studies proclaiming the Jesuits as the first truly global organisation will shape the reflection of this conference upon Jesuit education, past, present and future.  In 2014, a conference for Heythrop College’s four hundredth anniversary celebrated these themes; a volume entitled The Eye of Love (Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2016) explores the philosophical and theological vision underpinning the Jesuit educational tradition.  This vision is summed up as ‘the service of faith and of the radical implications of faith in a world where it is becoming easier to settle for something less than faith and less than justice’. 

Confirmed speakers include Professor Michael Barnes SJ, Professor David Coghlan SJ, Dr Michael Kirwan SJ, Dr Patrick Riordan SJ and Dr John Stoer.

There will be opportunity for short papers on the conference themes. For further information, and to discuss the possibility of offering a paper, please contact the conference organiser Dr Sean Whittle (


9:30    Registration and coffee

9:45    Welcome and introduction: Dr Sean Whittle

9:50    Keynote presentation: Dr Michael Kirwan SJ (Director of HIRS) Jesuit Planet

10:30   Paper 1: Dr Sean Ryan Education of Character: Personal Reflections of a Jesuit Student         

10:50   Paper 2: Dr Patrick Riordan SJ  University Education and the Common Good Today ['What is Conducive to the Greater Service of God and the Universal Good?]

11:10   Paper 3: Mr John Stoer Trying to Understand Jesuit Education: The Reflections of a Lay Head

11:30   Coffee break

12:00   Paper 4: Dr Stephen Law  How to Raise Good Citizens? Liberal vs Authoritarian Approaches                                       

12:20   Paper 5: Dr Tony Carroll  Ignatian Humanism in Jesuit Education

12:40   Panel Discussion 1

Chair: Dr Sean Whittle, with Dr Tony Carroll, Dr Stephen Law, Dr Patrick Riordan SJ, Dr Sean Ryan, Mr John Stoer

1:15    Lunch

2:00     Paper 6: Professor Michael Barnes SJ  "Interior Knowledge" and the "Intelligent Person"  

2:30     Paper 7: Professor David Coghlan SJ  Loving and Serving in Action: A First-person Reflection on being a Jesuit Academic in Organisation Development and Action Research

3:00    Tea

3:20     Paper 8: Dr Brendan Carmody SJ Jesuit Education: A Personal Perspective

3:40     Paper 9: Dr Fiona Ellis Desire for God

4:00     Paper 10: Dr Paddy Walsh What about Bernard Lonergan's Topics in Education (the 1959 Cincinatti Lectures)? 

4:20     Panel Discussion 2
Chair: Dr Sean Whittle, with Prof Michael Barnes SJ, Dr Brendan Carmody SJ, Prof David Coghlan SJ, Dr Fiona Ellis, Dr Paddy Walsh

4:50     Final words: Dr Michael Kirwan SJ

Cost: £25; concession for unwaged/students, £13.  

Refreshments and light lunch will be provided.


Contact Name: Dr Sean Whittle
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