In July of 1973 Fr. Pedro Arrupe S.J. (then Superior General of the Jesuits) gave an historic speech to the Tenth International Congress of Jesuit Alumni in Valencia, Spain.
In what has become one of the hallmark statements of his speech he gave this charge.
“Today our prime educational objective must be to form men-and-women-for-others; men and women who will live not for themselves but for God and his Christ – for the God-man who lived and died for all the world; men and women who cannot even conceive of love of God which does not include love for the least of their neighbors; men and women completely convinced that love of God which does not issue in justice for others is a farce.”
With these words Fr. Arrupe recommitted Jesuit schools across the world to making service to others an integral part of their mission. His challenge was that all students would become, in his words, “men and women for others.”
Brebeuf Jesuit has embraced Fr. Arrupe’s call to servant leadership in many ways. First and foremost, all students complete a number of hours in direct service through the Community Service and Social Justice classes. Students also participate in service immersion trips, social justice conferences, and events such as Disability Awareness Day and summer sports camp for inner city youth. In addition, consistent with the Jesuit model of education, students reflect on their service experiences to better understand what it truly means to be a man or woman for others.