News
Arrupe Leaders Summit Engages High School Students and Faculty

Fifty-five student leaders and faculty mentors from Catholic high schools across the country converged on Los Gatos for the Ignatian Solidarity Network’s Arrupe Leaders Summit from January 18-20. The summit invited emerging student leaders for social justice to spend a weekend strengthening their capacity to effect positive social change while deepening their understanding of the relationship between faith and justice emphasized in the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus.

Throughout the three-day program, students explored The Student Leadership Challenge: Five Practices for Exemplary Leaders through the lens of Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J.’s life. Fr. Arrupe, a former Superior General of the Society of Jesus, is known for his strong leadership of the Jesuits during a tumultuous period in global history and a time of great transition for the Catholic Church and the Jesuits. In addition, the program included opportunities for faculty mentors to discuss student leadership for social justice and the Ignatian education pedagogical model.

Students and faculty from Bellarmine College Prepatory (San Jose), Jesuit High School (Sacramento), Loyola Academy (Wilmette, Ill.), Mercy High School (Burlingame), Notre Dame High School (San Jose), Regis Jesuit High School (Denver), St. Ignatius College Preparatory (San Francisco), and verbum Dei High School (Los Angeles) attended the summit.

ISN Program Director Kim Miller reflected on the program’s intentions. “ISN is committed to developing emerging leaders for solidarity and justice. Fr. Arrupe provides a strong example of leadership for social justice grounded in strong Christian faith. I am excited for all the students will do with their new skills and sense of empowerment.”

The summit was led by a diverse team of facilitators that began planning in the fall. The leadership team was comprised of: Adam Baber, assistant principal for curriculum and instruction at Canisius High School and doctoral candidate at Stanford University; Mark Potter, provincial assistant for social and international ministries at the California province for the Society of Jesus; and Natalie Terry, a graduate of John Carroll University and a current graduate student at the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University.

Julia Dowd, director of university ministry at the University of San Francisco, offered the closing keynote address to the group. Faculty sessions were led by Christopher Kerr, executive director of the Ignatian Solidarity Network.

The Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) promotes leadership and advocacy among students, alumni, and other emerging leaders from Jesuit schools, parishes, and ministries by educating its members on social justice issues, by mobilizing a national network to address those issues, and by encouraging a life-long commitment to the “service of faith and the promotion of justice.” ISN is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Additional information can be found at: www.ignatiansolidarity.net





Recent News

Gonzaga University has hired Jacob H. Rooksby, JD, PhD, as the new dean of Gonzaga University School of Law. He will start his term on June 1. Rooksby succeeds Dean Jane Korn, who began her tenure in 2011.

Father Francis “Frank” Goodman Hernandez, SJ, longtime teacher of physics and computer science at Jesuit High School, Carmichael, Calif., entered into God’s peace April 11 at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos.

Kate Hannick, a Seattle University junior and economics and public affairs double major, has been named a 2018 Truman Scholar, one of only 59 selected this year by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.

Santa Clara University Law School alumna Lizbeth Mateo, JD, ’16 has reached another milestone: She’s the first undocumented immigrant named to statewide post in California.

Psychology doctoral student Liliana Campos Ramales won’t graduate for another two years, but she already knows the types of patients she wants to work with as a psychologist – undocumented residents who face constant fear of being discovered and deported.

Gonzaga University will welcome eight new Act Six Scholars to the incoming class of 2022. The urban and community leaders from Spokane and the Tacoma-Seattle area will receive full-tuition, full-need, four-year scholarships as members of the latest Act Six cohort.

The Board of Directors of Verbum Dei High School announced the appointment of Father Stephen A. Privett, SJ, as president. Father Privett will lead the Catholic boys high school that has been acclaimed for providing its South Central Los Angeles students a rigorous college prep curriculum for more than five decades.

view all news

Search news

Publications

Mission Magazine - Fall 2017

Mission Magazine - Fall 2016

Mission Magazine - Spring 2016


Companions
Fall, 2017

Update
Summer, 2017

Update
Spring, 2017


Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos
The Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos has offered prayerful solitude and inspiring vistas to those seeking spiritual rejuvenation since 1925.