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Ignatian Spirituality is what defines U of D Jesuit High School and Academy as a Jesuit school and explains its mission. 

About St. Ignatius of Loyola... St. Ignatius of Loyola, born Íñigo López de Loyola in 1491, was a Spanish Basque Catholic priest and theologian. He is best known as the founder of the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits, a religious order within the Catholic Church. St. Ignatius is renowned for his spiritual writings, particularly his work "Spiritual Exercises," which outlines a structured method of prayer, meditation, and contemplation.

St. Ignatius underwent a profound spiritual conversion after being wounded in battle in 1521. During his recovery, he experienced a deep spiritual awakening and dedicated his life to serving God. He founded the Society of Jesus in 1540, with the approval of Pope Paul III, with the aim of promoting education, missionary work, and service to the Church.   

The Jesuits became known for their missionary zeal, intellectual rigor, and commitment to education, establishing numerous schools, colleges, and universities worldwide. St. Ignatius served as the first Superior General of the Jesuits until his death in 1556. 

St. Ignatius of Loyola was canonized as a saint by the Catholic Church, and his feast day is celebrated on July 31st. He is considered one of the most influential figures in the Catholic Counter-Reformation and has left a lasting impact on Christian spirituality and education.

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Graduate at Graduation

"Grad at Grad" is a term developed by the Jesuits in 1980 to represent five key characteristics of a Graduate at Graduation from a Jesuit high school.

Committed to Doing Justice

Inspired by the Gospel, we walk with others; serve the greater good; and lead within local, national, and global communities.

Intellectually Competent

We are rooted in a nearly 500-year history of unsurpassed educational excellence. We foster curiosity and critical thinking to drive life-long learning. 


We care for the whole person. We treat one another and the world with compassion and empathy.


We are a Catholic, Jesuit community seeking to find God in all things. We welcome and support other faiths.

Open to Growth

We invest in the holistic development of ourselves and others. While keeping with our Catholic tradition, we grow through engaging different and opposing ideas and viewpoints.

Midwest Province

The Midwest Jesuits Are Known for Innovation and for Their Care for Those at the Margins. As We Maintain Our Traditional Apostolates, We Continue to Read the Signs of the Times and Look for New Ways to Serve and Venture to New Frontiers.


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Jesuit Schools Network

The Jesuit Schools Network provides programming and support to 91 secondary and pre-secondary member schools in the U.S. and Canada. As a member of the Jesuit Global Network of Schools, the JSN  collaborates with Jesuit schools across the globe. 


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