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The Ignatian Educator will explore the modern-day landscape of Catholic education through the events, themes and spiritual lessons that defined the life of St. Ignatius Loyola—from his collision with the cannonball to his companions in Rome.
This blog will consider the nature, mission and future of Catholic education at all levels. Just as St. Ignatius was intimately involved in the world, this blog will likewise consider the cultural and sociological factors that influence today’s students.
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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The Race to Middle School
Oct 13 2014 - 11:42pm

Matt Emerson
In "Chasing Middle-School Admissions Is Test for Parents," the Wall Street Journal reports on the rising competition for New York middle schools:
Funding for Science in Christian Seminaries
Oct 10 2014 - 5:18pm

Matt Emerson
Sarah Pulliam Bailey of Religion News Service reports that a number of seminaries have been awarded grant money for the purpose of integrating more science into their academic programs. According to her article,
Training in Giving Thanks
Oct 9 2014 - 11:58pm

Matt Emerson
I recently posted about the nature of gratitude, and soon after had the privilege of finding Jim Manney's short work A Simple Life-Changing Prayer: Discovering the Power of St. Ignatius of Loyola's Examen. There, Manney writes:
David W. Burcham, LMU President, Announces Resignation
Oct 8 2014 - 11:37pm
Matt Emerson
David W. Burcham, President of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, has announced his resignation, effective at the end of the academic year. In a letter sent to members of the LMU community, he noted:
What is Success for a Catholic, Jesuit School?
Oct 7 2014 - 11:19pm
Matt Emerson
My colleagues and I recently chatted about success in relation to alumni, namely, "What is it? How do we know that we"—meaning our school, a Jesuit college prep—has succeeded? Essentially: what evidence do we look for to reveal that a Xavier College Prep education (a Catholic, Jesuit education) has . . . worked, has been effective, has made a difference?
The 'Most Significant Issue Facing Higher Education'?
Oct 6 2014 - 9:13pm

Matt Emerson
On Oct. 3, 2014, Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D., was inaugurated the President of Saint Louis University, the Jesuit university of St. Louis, Mo. (Full disclosure: I'm SLU, Class of 2004.)
In his inaugural address, Dr. Pestello addressed "three critical questions" relating to the success of the University. The second of these concerned affordability:
From Batman to Moses
Oct 3 2014 - 11:59pm

Matt Emerson
On the heels of "Noah" starring Russell Crowe, reports are surfacing about another famous Old Testament story that has captured the interest of Hollywood.
The story of the Exodus is coming to theaters.  
Deadline reports:
Fr. Neenan's Last List
Oct 2 2014 - 11:57pm

Matt Emerson
Fr. William B. Neenan, SJ., the beloved Boston College Jesuit who died last summer, was known for many things, including a list of book titles he annually compiled that became known as The Dean's List of Recommended Reading.
Long cherished among BC students and faculty, the Boston College Chronicle reports that Fr. Neenan completed one last list for 2014. 
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