Library on Mission

Introduction to Jesuit Education


The Jesuit Daily Examen

The Daily Examen is a prayer of reflection and commitment through which St. Ignatius Loyola endeavored to recognize God in his daily life.

Christians in the Jesuit tradition continue this daily practice to develop a growing awareness of God's grace and to access the Power of the Holy Spirit to change their lives.

My Examen Prayer

God, I believe that at this quiet moment I am in Your presence and You are now loving me.  Come Holy Spirit.

God, I acknowledge Your love for me in the various gifts for which I am very grateful.  Thanks be to God.

God, help me now to review the events of this day in order to recognize you in all parts of my life.   Lord, I want to see.

God, please forgive the times I have fallen short, and strengthen my attempts to follow You.   Lord have mercy.

God, enlighten me so that my future choices praise, reverence, and serve You above all else.   Show me Your way.


The Spanish Olive

An account of the life of Saint Ignatius as told on YouTube by a Spanish olive, a humorous and accurate look into the founding member of the Society of Jesus


Shared Vision video series

A three part series that explores the history of the Jesuits, the spirit and insights of their founder St. Ignatius of Loyola and the guiding vision that animates Jesuit education.

Notes: Shared Vision I

Notes: Shared Vision II

Notes: Shared Vision III


Understanding our Jesuit Heritage, Living the Mission - Xavier University


Furthering your Understanding of the Jesuit mission


Speeches of Peter Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., S.T.D.

Father General of the Society of Jesus 1983-2008

Creighton University Address

Santa Clara University Address


Speeches and articles of Adolfo Nicolas, S.J.

Father General of the Society of Jesus, 2008-present

Loyola Marymount University Address

Mexico City Address

Interreligious Dialogue: The Experience of Some Pioneer Jesuits in Asia

Letter on Ecology


General Congregation 34

Decree 2 "Servants of Christ's Mission"

Decree 3 "Our Mission and Justice"

Decree 4 "Our Mission and Culture"

Decree 5 "Our Mission and Interreligious Dialogue"

Decree 13 "Cooperation with Laity in Mission"

Decree 14 "Jesuits and the Situation of Women in Church and Civil Society"

Decree 17 "Jesuits and University Life"

Decree 26 "Conclusion: Characteristics of Our Way of Proceeding"


General Congregation 35

Pope Benedict XVI Address to General Congregation 35

Decree 3 "Challenges to Our Mission Today"

Decree 6 "Collaboration at the Heart of Mission"


31 Days with Ignatius

31 presentations on Ignatian Spirituality meant for the 31 days of July, the month in which the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola is celebrated, but entirely appropriate year round!


Ignatian News Network


Catholic Church Social Teachings


Stewardship, Sustainability and Catholic Social Teaching

The University ACSS (Advisory Council on Stewardship and Sustainability) webpage outlines the emphasis the Catholic Church and the Society of Jesus have placed on care for creation with appropriate documents related to stewardship and sustainability.


Ex Corde Ecclesiae, Pope John Paul II


Catholic Social Teaching


Further documents on Catholic Social Teaching, including the Social Encyclicals, can be found on the Vatican website. Once in the site choose the Supreme Pontiffs link, choose the particular Pope you are researching, choose the encyclicals link on the left column and choose the appropriate title.


The Church in the 21st Century


"Higher Standards: Universities can help the Church recover its voice" Dean Brack


  Ignatian Pedagogy Videos


Using the YouTube format, the Office of Mission has begun producing videos to address the use of Ignatian pedagogical tools in our everyday work at the University. Using the links below, we encourage you to view the videos and use them through your work at the University.

Discernment in Everyday Life