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Transforming Ourselves, Transforming the WorldJustice in Jesuit Higher Education$
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Mary Beth Combs and Patricia Ruggiano Schmidt

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823254309

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823254309.001.0001

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Opening Remarks to the Jesuit Justice Conference, June 18, 2009

Opening Remarks to the Jesuit Justice Conference, June 18, 2009

(p.226) 11 Opening Remarks to the Jesuit Justice Conference, June 18, 2009
Transforming Ourselves, Transforming the World

Rev. Jeffrey SJ Von Arx

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In this Chapter, the reader hears the challenges presented by Rev. Jeffrey von Arx, S. J. as he opened the conference at Fairfield University, “Transforming the World and Being Transformed.” Initially, he prepared conferees in the spirit of the Jesuit tradition for the “Examination of Conscience”, and reflected on what has been accomplished since the first justice conference at Santa Clara. Then he called all to act upon three major issues. First, he dealt with the rising costs of higher education and how these costs deter talented students from entering colleges and universities. He believes that we must find ways to solve this problem. Second, he explained the need to shift to a “global perspective,” if we are to be in solidarity with the “gritty reality” of injustice. He stated that Catholic “solidarity” is the understanding that each of us is made in the image of God and each individual should be treated with dignity. Finally, he touched on the obligation we have as Jesuit educators to teach and encourage the Catholic Faith. He stated that the promotion of justice can not be split from our obligation to serve the Faith. The road we are called to follow requires the service of faith and the promotion of justice.

Keywords:   S. J. Jeffrey von Arx, Fairfield University, Higher Education Costs, Global Perspective, Catholicism, Faith, Justice

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