Brebeuf Jesuit’s strong academic program follows more than 450 years of academic tradition. Education in the Jesuit tradition has remained committed to expansive and critical thinking, to competent and compassionate ethical concern, to creative and artistic expression, and to excellence. The Jesuits, renowned for intellectual accomplishment spanning many centuries, have long believed that academic achievement grounded in religious faith, the dignity of the human person, and the need to educate and care for the entire person is the key to forming well-rounded individuals.
Fr. Michael Christiana, SJ, of the Chicago-Detroit Province, serves at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis as the Vice President for Mission and Identity. Michael hails from Rochester, MN and earned a B.A. in History, Religion, and Chinese at St. Olaf College. He entered the Jesuits in 1999 and earned an M.A. in philosophy at Loyola University Chicago. He also holds an M.Div. from the University of Chicago. From 2003 to 2006, Michael served his regency at Brebeuf. From 2007 to 2010, Michael studied theology at Boston College. Michael was ordained as a priest on June 11, 2010, in Milwaukee. In his current position, Fr. Christiana nurtures the Jesuit and Catholic identity of the students, the staff members, and the extended community of Brebeuf.
The Jesuit educational philosophy is grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition that affirms the goodness of creation, the important role of the human intellect in the search for truth, the possibility of discovering God through rational reflection on human experience, the compatibility of faith and reason, and the moral value of intellectual excellence.
Brebeuf Jesuit is committed to inter-religious dialogue (dialogue with non-Christian religions) and ecumenical dialogue (dialogue with other Christian denominations). In this, we follow the example of Pope John Paul II in his outreach to people of all faiths and the guidance of the Society of Jesus in its official writings.