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International Congress for Jesuit Education Delegates in Rio.

After three years of preparing the Congress, we have arrived at its conclusion. This is the end of a conversation of the discernment about what we want achieve as a global network that began in the International Colloquium for Jesuit Secondary Education (ICJSE) in Boston, Massachusetts (USA) in 2012 when leaders of Jesuit high schools from across the world affirmed the importance of creating a global educational network among Jesuit secondary schools. This came from the call of the 35th General Congregation to see ourselves as a universal body with a universal mission. It was then reaffirmed in Manresa, Spain, in 2014 with the International Seminar on Ignatian Pedagogy and Spirituality (SIPEI). This conversation continued with the JESEDU Virtual Congress this past March and April and ended this week with the first International Congress of Jesuit Education Delegates.

The Congress began on Sunday with the opening Mass presided by Fr. João Renato Eidt, SJ, Provincial of Brazil, and the welcoming address by Fr. José Alberto Mesa, SJ, Secretary of Secondary and Pre-Secondary Education for the Society of Jesus.

Concluding the Congress, we received Fr. General Arturo Sosa who presided over the final Mass. In his homily, Fr. General reminded us that the leaven of the pharisees, which Jesus understood as hypocrisy, is an attitude from which we ought to free ourselves. He emphasized that the consistency of our life is a way of doing this (the fifth “C”). In fact, he mentioned that consistency should be a part of our educational paradigm, in which we try to educate our students so that they be consistent both in their internal disposition and attitude as in their external action. He accompanied us for the entire morning, delivering a speech to the Jesuit education delegates.

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European Delegation (JECSE) at International primary and secondary Education Meeting in Rio
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