Loyola University Chicago

Transformative Education

What is the Two-Fold Intellectual Tradition of Loyola?

AS A UNIVERSITY THAT IS JESUIT AND CATHOLIC, Loyola is guided by and seeks to articulate a living intellectual tradition. All of Loyola's undertakings—its teaching, research, and service—are infused with a conviction regarding the sacred character of all reality, the dignity of every human person, the mutually informing dynamic between faith and reason, and the responsibility to care for those who are suffering most in our world. And Loyola's Jesuit pedagogy is informed by the conviction that faith, knowledge, and the promotion of justice are intrinsically related: they are not three independent aspects of education that are merely juxtaposed, but rather they form a triad in which each is dynamically related and incomplete without the others. The University invites those of all faith traditions who share this outlook to join in pursuing its goals.

This two-fold intellectual tradition encompasses a rich record of discursive knowledge—or theoria—developed by intellectuals across the centuries. It includes the creative word—or poiesis—of artists who have expressed their Catholic vision through architecture, painting, sculpture, poetry, music, and dance. It also involves the social action—or praxis—of prophets and activists who generously devoted their lives to making the world a home for all. The more one reflects on this rich tapestry, the clearer it becomes that this rich tradition is a very diverse and dynamic reality, nothing like an ancient family heirloom, to be kept in a safe-deposit box. Rather, the Jesuit and Catholic tradition is ever evolving in new and unexpected ways; we can all learn from it and all contribute to it. This tradition both elicits participation and engenders transformation.