A Global Partnership Initiative of the Jesuit Schools Network
Dear Global Companions:
This month we explore who we are and where we are going in this Jesuit Global Network of Schools. We are connected to 891 Jesuit schools worldwide with over 900,00 students and faculty!

One of the great joys of being part of JSN is to witness the global work that begins with the local. Your actions in your classrooms and school communities inform and speak to the global realities of the world. Your work forms men and women who know the world and who desire to work for and with others across the globe. Read through this issue to see how your JSN colleagues are doing this work in their classrooms and school communities. As part of this world network please note the special invitation below to come together for a virtual Mass celebrating the Jesuit Global Network of Schools with Fr. General Arturo Sosa SJ! We hope you will be able to join. 

We close this issue with a comforting and loving video message from Pope Francis for people who suffer from depression and burnout. May we hold each other in our hearts and open spaces for prayer and companionship. 
"To act as a universal body with a universal mission" GC35, D.2 #20
Catharine Steffens
Director of Global Partnerships and Initiatives
Jesuit Schools Network
By Fr. Robert Reiser, SJ, Executive Director of the Jesuit Schools Network
“I have come to bring fire on the earth!” (Luke 12:49)
Last spring, in the midst of the many challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and through the inspiration of the Ignatian Year, women and men from every region of the global network of Jesuit schools gathered together online for an international gathering entitled, II Colloquium JesEdu-Global 2021. About 90 participants from North America joined more than 400 of their colleagues from across the globe to “discern a hope-filled future.” They reflected on four themes—“educating for depth, faith, reconciliation, and global citizenship”—and engaged one another and colleagues in a process known as “spiritual conversation.” Within all this, the participants from each region and then from the global network discerned the movement of the Holy Spirit, and they captured these movements in both regional and global reports. 
The Jesuit Schools Network of North America Regional Report (in English, Spanish and French) and the II Colloquium JesEdu-Global 2021 Vision Statement (in English, Spanish, and French) are intended to share the fruits of these regional and global discernment processes with each of our JSN school communities. They are reflections on the movement of the Spirit within and among women and men from across North America and the globe who are currently engaged in Jesuit education—from Africa and Madagascar, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, North America, and South Asia. As such, these documents stand as formidable resources for JSN school communities who are engaging in their own ongoing reflection and subsequent important action. We invite our school communities to take these documents seriously because they are the results of a very broad range of experiences from across the entire globe, rather than simply from a limited area, culture, or experience. These are important documents.
When Saint Ignatius sent his companions on mission into the world, he did so using the words of Jesus from the gospel of Luke: “Ite, inflammate omnia.” As we continue in the footsteps of our Jesuit saints before us, may these same words permeate our very selves and may the experience of our companions who participated in the Global Colloquium propel us like Jesus’ apostles and Ignatius’ companions to “Go, set the world on fire,” in this our own age and in our own time!
The Secretariat for Secondary and Pre-Secondary Jesuit Education of the Society of Jesus invites you and all members of school communities in Jesuit schools around the world to participate in the Eucharist to be held on the occasion of the official launch of the Jesuit Global Network of Schools on the 400th anniversary of the death of St. John Berchmans. Read more about the mass and St. John Berchman here.
The Eucharist will be held online in English, Spanish and French from the Church of St Ignatius, Rome, and will be presided by Fr General Arturo Sosa, SJ, on the 26th of November 2021, at 17:00 GMT. All are cordially invited!
The Jesuit Global Network consists of 891 Jesuit and Companion schools in six regions around the world, and each region has its own network of secondary and pre-secondary schools. The Secretary for Secondary and Pre-Secondary Education is appointed by Father General to animate and coordinate this network and to develop its global apostolic potential in collaboration with the International Commission on the Apostolate of Jesuit Education (ICAJE). The six regions are North America (JSN); Africa & Madagascar (JASBEAM); Asia Pacific (JCAP); Europe (JECSE); Latin America (FLACSI); and South Asia (JEASA). The Jesuit Global Network of Schools, or JGNS, also includes Fe y Alegría and its 1,592 education projects in 22 countries, as well as the Jesuit Refugee Service and its 42 education projects in 22 countries.
EDUCATE MAGIS IS OUR ONLINE GLOBAL PLATFORM: Where the network becomes a global community at the service of the mission.
The mission of Educate Magis is to nurture a vibrant online community connecting educators from Jesuit and Ignatian schools across the world. Download the following hyperlinked infographic to journey through some of the resources, courses and opportunities on Educate Magis.
By Therese Bower from St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, OH
This year I am teaching a new course at St. Xavier High School called Global Perspectives. Intended as a foundational course for students pursuing the Ignatian Global Scholar Certificate, the course uses literature to examine global issues and is organized around UAP-themed units. Last month, for our Walking with the Excluded unit, we read Ishmael Beah’s A Long Way Gone, a memoir about a child soldier in Sierra Leone’s civil war. We investigated the various reasons why some children do not have access to quality education and how organizations like Fe y Alegría work to provide this fundamental human right to the world’s youth.

Magis AmericasLa Silla Roja project fit perfectly with our unit, and when I introduced the project to the class, students responded with enthusiasm. In fact, they even generated some of their own ideas to augment the project. In addition to painting a red chair to represent the 260 million students who are currently out of school, my students suggested that we place red tape across 29% of the desks in the school’s classrooms to represent the percentage of children worldwide who do not complete secondary school. They also invited 29% of the student body to wear red shirts on a designated day, and then we arranged to deliver an education-themed Examen during homeroom. In the implementation of the project, I served as consultant while my students put their varied and abundant talents to good use: several students did research, two students met with the principal, two more made posters for the display in the main stairwell, one found and painted the red chair, two composed the Examen, and one read the Examen to the school community.

My students beamed with pride as they overheard their peers asking about the taped desks and red shirts. Then they started brainstorming project ideas for Caring for Our Common Home. I can’t wait to see what they do next.
The highlight of any global program is seeing the evidence that students are making connections that you know will last well beyond the end of our schedule of events--hugs at the airport and teary-eyed farewells in a school cafeteria 3,000 miles from home. So, too, was this kind of moment the highlight of our Ignatian Evening for Teachers that sought to show the value of global education at St. Peter's Prep and help teachers incorporate it into their classes. A panel of alumni of our global programs brought friends together, and their experiences underscored the importance of this work.

Prior to that, Catharine Steffens offered an introduction to the Ignatian perspective on global citizenship and outlined how the JSN can support our work. This was followed by a panel of teachers and administrators from many of our partner schools who spoke about the value this collaboration had for their classrooms. From there, teachers divided into two groups, with some taking a deeper dive into global citizenship and its curricular implications and others moving into themed groups to workshop ideas for classroom collaboration with our international colleagues. After seeing a group of teachers that were honestly energized at 5:30 pm in an after-school meeting on a Thursday, we are all excited to see what develops out of it over the course of the school year.
By Carol Corgan from Gonzaga College High School in Washington, DC
I had been thinking for the last year about how I could find a way to inculcate in my sophomores a consciousness of global citizenship. Gonzaga College High School had recently changed up its curriculum to place scripture in the sophomore year. Over the summer, I was considering how I might do this. When I saw the “World that Christ Desires” project on Educate Magis, I knew I had my pathway for introducing my students to an understanding of themselves as individuals responsible for the environment, its connection with scripture, as well as understanding themselves as brothers with all peoples in our common home.

I am delighted to share with you the power of the exercise, “The World that Christ Desires.” I hope it has the effect on your students it had on mine. It gave me a starting point for connecting my students’ present day understanding of the world with the biblical vision that God has for creation. The link below will take you to the description of what my students did in Educate Magis’ “The World that Christ Desires.”
On the feast of All Saints and Blessed of the Society of Jesus (November 5th) Educate Magis announced the official opening of the Virtual Global Art Exhibition “The World that Christ Desires,” which showcases reflective and imaginative artwork from students in Jesuit schools around the world. Australia, Ecuador, Hong Kong, India, Lithuania, Madagascar, Philippines, Poland, United States, Venezuela and Zimbabwe are some of the participants. 
We would like to invite you to visit the Virtual Global Art Exhibition “The World that Christ Desires” to get inspired by the creative artwork of students shared by schools from around the world. 
This reflective and creative global journey was an interesting and inspiring journey for both teachers and students who participated.
JRS/USA would like to give a big shout out and thank you to the Jesuit high schools that participated in their Miles 4 Refugees challenge! Participants from Bellarmine College Preparatory, St. Xavier High School, Seattle Prep, and Walsh Jesuit collectively logged over 2,500 miles. Congratulations to Bellarmine College Prep for being the top team, and kudos to St. Xavier for being our top fundraiser! The challenge officially ended on November 14, JRS Day. If you would like to learn more about this challenge and how your school can participate next year, please reach out to Josh Utter.
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The ISN Arrupe Leaders Summit invites emerging student leaders and faculty/parish chaperones from high schools and parishes nationwide to deepen their understanding of “a faith that does justice,” share ideas and resources for social justice programming, and become empowered to effect positive social change in their local and global communities.  
A closing prayer and message from Pope Francis...
In your prayers...
Please remember the soul of Cole Anello, a student of De Smet Jesuit High School, who died in a car accident recently, as well as Gabriel Myers, an alumnus of De Smet, who passed away on November 10.

Vita mutatur, non tollitur
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