Hiring for Mission
Jesuit Terms and Definitions
Hiring for Mission is a process that engages the entire Canisius College community in the life and values of our institution. Through questions and dialogue, job applicants will be asked to provide information on their past employment, scholarship and professional skills that will benefit students and colleagues as we live our core values.
At the heart of these values lies the Catholic, Jesuit commitment to care for the whole person; the pursuit of excellence; finding God and the good in all things; the magis; the service of faith and the promotion of justice; and living as women and men for and with others. These are all points of departure and discussion for understanding and living our shared mission and identity.
The core values of Canisius College represent qualities that men and woman of all faith traditions and those with no particular faith tradition can readily embrace. In this respect Hiring for Mission is Catholic, interfaith, and humanist in spirit and application.
“Care for the whole person”: A hallmark of Ignatian spirituality and therefore of Jesuit education is a personal relationship with students that listens to them in the process of teaching and draws them toward personal initiative and responsibility for learning. Rooted in the humanism of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance, Jesuit educational philosophy develops all the aspects of the human personality in contrast to the role that specialization has come to play in higher education today. This education addresses the emotional, social, and spiritual dimensions of the individual with the goal of transforming the person for distinguished service to our world. This dynamic embraces the totality of the college community in and beyond the classroom.
“The pursuit of excellence”: A Jesuit university strives to help all members of the community reach their full potential. Students realize this through rigorous academics in a core curriculum and discipline-specific studies. Faculty, staff, and administrators achieve this through continual reflection and action on their personal and professional ideals. The pursuit of excellence is a shared responsibility of the entire community.
“Finding God and the good in all things”: Ignatian spirituality is summed up in this phrase. It invites a person to search for and find God and the good in every circumstance of life, not just in explicitly religious situations or activities. It implies that God is present everywhere and can be found in any and all of the creatures God has made. They reveal at least a little of what their Maker is like, often by arousing wonder in those who are able to look with the eyes of faith.
“The magis”: from the Latin for more, a qualitative dimension calling forth personal magnanimity, a greatness of soul. The term calls for a deepening of one’s self-understanding, openness to the larger world, and generosity that engages others in the pursuit of wisdom, faith, and justice.
“The service of faith and the promotion of justice”: Jesuit education is noteworthy for the way the entire college community moves in freedom toward a mature faith and spiritual practice. This includes developing a sensitivity toward the suffering of our world and a will to act for the transformation of unjust social structures which cause that suffering.
“living as women and men for and with others”: Contact as well as concepts shape our hearts and minds as a community. Practiced in a host of service and outreach opportunities within academic disciplines and throughout the college community, Jesuit education inspires a keen appreciation of learning that is applied throughout the world, particularly among the poor and marginalized, for the common good.
“The real measure of our Jesuit universities, [then,] lies in who our students become.”
-Fr. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., 2000, Santa Clara University