I hope you had a most enjoyable summer holiday and that it was a great time of rest and renewal for you and your children. A warm welcome to our new families to the College. As we begin the 136th year of Jesuit education at Xavier College I pray that each family may experience God’s blessing throughout this year.
Our new College theme is “a faith that does justice” which comes from the second part of our new Vision Statement building upon last year’s theme of “setting hearts on fire”. A faith that does justice was originally coined at the 32nd General Congregation of the Society of Jesus in 1975 (GC 32). Following the Second Vatican Council the Jesuits, under the leadership of Fr Pedro Arrupe SJ, sought renewal. Unsurprisingly great inspiration came from the Spiritual Exercises written by St Ignatius of Loyola; in particular, his mediations on the Incarnation and the kingdom of God. As part of this renewal each Jesuit and, in fact each of us, was and is called to deepen our love of Jesus in our lives, moving our hearts to action, building up the Kingdom of God of which the promotion of justice is integral. GC 32 reminded each of us that “there is no genuine conversion to the love of God without the conversion to the love of neighbour and therefore the demands of justice.” This was reaffirmed most recently at the 35th General Congregation that was held in 2008.