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WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Wednesday, July 11th, the presidents and administrators of more than 200 Jesuit institutions and organizations from across the world attended the signing of a charter that established the International Association of Jesuit Universities (IAJU). The signing occurred during a week-long gathering at the University of Deusto in Bilbao, Spain, where leaders in Jesuit higher education met to engage in dialogue on the critical issues impacting their institutions today, and collaborate on ways to address them.
According to its charter, “The mission of the IAJU is to contribute to the progress of the Society’s apostolate of higher education through the application of its decrees and documents in order to promote the development of a more just and humane world for the greater honor and glory of God.”
The charter was signed by Rev. Arturo Sosa, S.J., the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, who met with each regional delegation during the meeting, and spoke about the university as “a source of reconciled life.” He said:
Among the members of the United States delegation was the president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU), Rev. Michael J. Sheeran, S.J., who also signed the charter and was named one of two U.S. delegates to the IAJU oversight board. He said:
The president of Le Moyne College, Dr. Linda LeMura, was named the second U.S. delegate to the IAJU oversight board, and served on a panel about income inequality. She said:
Several other presidents of U.S. Jesuit colleges and universities attended IAJU, and offered the following reflections:
Additional remarks came from administrators of Jesuit institutions and organizations in North America:
To learn more about IAJU, please visit iaju.org. Videos and photos from the Deusto conference are available at iaju.deusto.es/media/pictures. For additional coverage from AJCU member institutions, please click on the following school names: Canisius College, Creighton University, Le Moyne College, Spring Hill College and the University of Detroit Mercy.