Jesuit Identity

Jesuit Identity

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Pope Francis, the first Jesuit pope, made a historic journey to the United States from September 22 to September 27. In honor of his visit, Saint Peter’s partnered with the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) and the other 27 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States to participate in and promote a campaign titled #JesuitEducated. The campaign involved media outreach, advertisements, social media promotions, online reflections from the community and more.

President Cornacchia Welcomes Pope Francis

Be attentive. Be reflective. Be loving.

These three steps capture the essence of a Jesuit education at Saint Peter’s University.

Founded as a Jesuit college in 1872 by two Jesuits who rowed from Manhattan across the Hudson River to Jersey City, Saint Peter’s is part of perhaps the greatest teaching organization the world has ever known.

For nearly five centuries the Catholic order of priests known as the Jesuits have built a global network of renowned colleges and universities. Saint Peter’s University is one of 28 Jesuit institutions in the United States that include Georgetown University and Boston College.

A Jesuit education is rooted in the liberal arts and cura personalis, or personal care for each student.

From the beginning the Jesuits have described their distinctive spirituality as a three-part process. It begins with paying attention to experience, moves to reflecting on its meaning and ends in deciding how to act. We do this so that our graduates become men and women for others.

Check out some of our highlights from the Pope's visit to the U.S.

Check out some of our highlights from the Pope’s visit to the U.S.