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Gonzaga’s mission to educate students for lives of service and leadership for the common good is rooted in our Catholic, Jesuit, Humanistic identity. Each of these three traditions shapes how we understand ourselves as a university community and how we aim to form our students. As faculty, staff, and administrators we are called to be in dialogue with the sources and growing edges of these traditions so that we might continue and deepen our own formation as we carry forward the university’s mission. Below, please find a list of resources that invite you into conversation with the Catholic, Jesuit, and Humanistic traditions, especially as they relate to higher education. Some of the resources may require a MyGU intranet login if they are under copyright protection and not otherwise available on the internet.

The Jesuits and Ignatian Spirituality

Documents from General Congregations 32, 34, 35, and 36

History and Foundations of Jesuit Higher Education

The Service of Faith and Promotion of Justice in Jesuit Higher Education

Teaching and Leading at Jesuit Colleges and Universities


Foundations of Catholic Higher Education

The Catholic Tradition: Incarnational, Sacramental, and Praxological

The Catholic Intellectual Tradition

Teaching and Leading at Catholic Colleges and Universities

Catholic Social Teaching: The Tradition’s Best Kept Secret


“Jesuit School and the Humanities Yesterday and Today,” by John W. O’Malley, S.J., Ph.D., university professor of theology at Georgetown University

“The Necessity of the Humanities a Jesuit University: A Theological Defense,” by Connor Kelly, Ph.D., assistant professor of theological ethics at Marquette University

“Theology and the Mission of the Jesuit College and University,” by John C. Haughey, S.J., S.T.D., former Senior Research Fellow at Georgetown University’s Woodstock Theological Center

“Higher Education, Justice, and the Church: Social Justice at Home in the Education Community,” by Margaret A. Farley, R.S.M., Ph.D., Gilbert L. Stark Professor Emerita of Christian Ethics at Yale Divinity School

“Social Ethics Under the Sign of the Cross,” by David Hollenbach, S.J., Ph.D., Pedro Arrupe Distinguished Research Professor of the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University


Daily Ignatian Prayer Resources

Catholic Prayer

Reliable Catholic News Sources


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