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Creighton Ministry

One of the cornerstones of this institution is the non-academic and non-clinical ministries that enrich the students, faculty and staff of Creighton.

There are six departments in the division of University Ministry.

In service of the Jesuit Catholic character of Creighton, we gather the gifts of this richly diverse community, that we all might grow in freedom as women and men for others.

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Ignatian Values

Essential to Ignatian Spirituality is a posture and practice of reflection. Reflection is different from critical thinking in that it incorporates the aspects of introspection and a willingness to learn more about our fundamental nature; our purpose and essence as human beings. The School of Pharmacy and Health Professions has chosen the following Ignatian Values as vital elements in the educational process...experience - reflection - action...that leads to the formation of health care providers who are persons of compassion, commitment and conscience.

Ignatius of Loyola taught others to experience life attuned to God's activity in everyday circumstances. Finding God in all things is an invitation to encounter God's presence in each moment, to become aware of God's beauty in everything, and to notice God's action in all the events of our lives through an ongoing process of personal discernment. As such, every academic discipline provides hope to encounter the divine.

Latin meaning "care for the person", or "personal care". Cura personalis is having concern and care for the personal development of the "whole person", and dedication to promoting human dignity. This includes being open to and accepting of a person's religious and spiritual development. It also describes the type of care we give as educators and health care professionals...we give not only of our knowledge, expertise and skill, but of ourselves. The care given, and the care received, is "personal care" not "institutionalized care".

Latin meaning the "more", or "the greater good". Magis embodies the idea of discerning, "What is the best choice in a given situation, of several good choices, to better glorify or serve the Lord?"; e.g. choosing between options encountered in life with a primary focus of being "God centered". "Magis" does NOT mean to always do or give "more" to the point of personal exhaustion. It is a value central to Ignatian spirituality and encompassed by the Latin phrase "Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam" meaning "For the Greater Glory of God". (Motto of the Society of Jesus).

A spirit of giving and providing service to those in need and recognizing that all humans have physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. In 1973, Father Pedro Arrupe, S.J. (previous Superior General of the Society of Jesus) put it this way..."Men and women who will live not for themselves, who cannot even conceive of a love of God which does not include a love for the least of their neighbors, and who are completely convinced that a love of God which does not result in justice for all is a farce". Father Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., (also a former Superior General of the Society of Jesus) describes our goal to form leaders in health care who are "men and women of competence, conscience and compassionate commitment."

All individuals (faculty, staff, & students) are encouraged to seek justice for all God's creatures, especially the poor and marginalized. According to the Gospel, our goal is to work for the betterment of society as a whole. This is what "A Faith That Does Justice" actually means. We strive to prepare health care professionals who will be change agents in society, "contemplatives in action".

Ignatius of Loyola - Life and Legend

Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556) was born the youngest of thirteen children from a Basque family in Northern Spain. In youth he served Ferdinand and Isabella as a courtier and later entered the army as a gallant warrior eager to defend Spanish territory. During a fierce battle against the French soldiers at Pamplona he was struck by a canon ball that shattered the bones in his lower leg. Ignatius's life was spared by his enemy, and out of military honor was carried by stretcher back to Loyola where he spent nearly nine months in convalescence.

To pacify boredom often encountered during the extended period of recuperation Ignatius was provided copies of the only two books his sister-in-law had in her possession. One was the life of Christ and a second on lives of the Saints. Ignatius took great interest in the stories he read and his thoughts soon transitioned from previous desires for novels on romance and acts of chivalry to more encouraging dreams of emulating Christ in daily life.

Upon recovery, Ignatius embarked on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land where he experienced a profound spiritual conversion that would forever change his life. The next several years were spent in deep meditation and writing about his reflections on God and relationships. His personal journal and contemplations would eventually become published into a small book entitled, The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius.

At the age of 33 Ignatius decided to acquire a formal education, and attended schools in Barcelona, Alcala, and Salamanca. His studies culminated in a Master of Arts degree awarded from the University of Paris. While in Paris, Ignatius banded with six like companions including Peter Faber and Francis Xavier who, by collaborating in spiritual communion, sought papal approval to form a new religious order. They titled themselves the Society of Jesus, and in 1540 received official recognition to serve the Church and humanity from Pope Paul III.
Ignatius spent the remaining sixteen years of his life serving as Superior General and writing the Constitutions for the Society. He died in 1556, but not without sharing beforehand a personal account of his life at the request of a friend; a story that later became published as his autobiography. Ignatius was canonized in 1622 by Pope Pius XI, and his remains are enshrined in a small church in Rome known as the Gesu.

Since its founding, the Society of Jesus has embarked on numerous missions
of international service and work. In addition, Jesuits have become highly regarded for their astute ability to create, organize, and successfully operate one of the most elaborate systems of education found throughout the world. Today there are over 200 Jesuit institutions of higher-learning including 28-Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States alone. The Jesuit institution of Creighton University was founded in 1878, and has been intricately associated with the Society of Jesus since inception.

The motto of the Society of Jesus is Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (AMDG), Latin for the "Greater Glory of God". The Jesuit concern for helping souls is often characterized through academic mission and service including an aspiration to cultivate professional behaviors and values. The School of Pharmacy and Health Professions at Creighton University has adopted the following Ignatian values as part of its culture: 1) Cura Personalis: Latin for "care for the whole person", 2) Magis: Latin for "the more", 3) Men and women for and with others, 4) Finding God in all things, and 5) The faith that does justice.