A School in the Ignatian Tradition

Saint Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556), founder of the Society of Jesus (also known as the Jesuits) and College Patron, lived a life of Giving Glory to God through prayer and service to others. Loyola College’s ethos is based on the Ignatian tradition.

Inspired by the spiritual and educational philosophy of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, known as the Ignatian tradition, Loyola College seeks excellence in the fourfold dynamic of Catholic, Care, Curriculum and Co-Curriculum, developing articulate, adaptable, discerning and confident graduates of conscience committed to living the values of Jesus Christ in a global community.

Distinctive characteristics of the Ignatian tradition include:

  • commitment to a faith that does justice – awareness of needs of others and readiness to place one’s talents at their service
  • personal concern for the whole person (cura personalis)
  • development of a broad, liberal education
  • emphasis on critical thinking and effective communication
  • striving for excellence
  • pervading philosophy with emphasis on actions rather than words
  • seeking out and doing what God is wanting a person to do in their lives
St Ignatius of Loyola

College Theme

Each year the College proclaims a theme that articulates an aspect of our Catholic Ignatian tradition.

This theme becomes a practical focus for the College community to bring alive and enact our Catholic heritage.

St. Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556), founder of the Society of Jesus (also known as the Jesuits) and College Patron, lived a life of prayer and service to others. His spirituality focused acting for the ‘Greater Glory of God’. In practical terms this meant being of service to others: ‘Love is shown more in deeds than words’.

This year’s College theme, ‘Go on with strength and courage’ is a quote from St. Mary of the Cross Mackillop, Australia’s first canonized saint. St Mary of the Cross established schools, initially mainly in rural areas where families didn’t have access to education. These schools were often started by young women, many in their teens, with minimal resources and reliant on local communities.

The theme calls us, both individually and as community, to persist, be resilient, stand up for those in need and to support just causes despite the cost. This sentiment is reflected in St Ignatius’ Prayer for Generosity.

The College theme banner drawings are by Olivia Lawson 11XBAM under the direction of Ms. Julia O’Brien and the elements of the banner complied by Ms. Alexis Winter.