Rockhurst’s Ignatian Identity
Rockhurst High School is one of 60 high schools in the United States owned and operated by the Jesuits. We are part of a 450-year-old tradition of schools known worldwide for academic excellence and rich spirituality. As members of the Jesuit Secondary Education Association (www.jsea.org), we share common goals and characteristics.
The Jesuits, or Society of Jesus, are one of the largest religious orders in the Catholic Church. Founded in 1540 by St. Ignatius of Loyola, a Basque nobleman and soldier who found God in all things, the Jesuits have responded to human needs in a variety of ministries throughout the world.
To effectively administer their worldwide operation, the Jesuits created geographical units called "provinces," each governed by a Jesuit priest who holds the title of Provincial. Rockhurst is an apostolate of the Missouri Province of the Jesuits.
Fulfilling Ignatius’ Vision
As an apostolate of the Society of Jesus, Rockhurst’s identity reflects one of St. Ignatius' visions. In this vision, Ignatius was placed by God the Father with Jesus the Son as a companion, and afterward he was inspired to work with Christ in the task of helping souls. Similarly, the Father partners Rockhurst with Jesus Christ in this same work. We are guided in all things by the Jesuit motto, “Ad majorem Dei gloriam,” or “For the greater glory of God.”
Living the Faith
Rockhurst instills Ignatian values through a variety of opportunities that are integrated into the curriculum and everyday lives of our students.
- Daily mass
- All-school and class liturgies
- Theology class five days per week
- Active retreat and community service programs
- Daily reflective silence dedicated to the Examen of Consciousness