Ignatian Charism

Screen Shot 2015-08-29 at 5.04.25 PMSince the departure of the Franciscans in 1979, Bishop Canevin did not identify with any particular charism until a decision was made that Ignatian Spirituality fit the values, mission and philosophy of the school.

Beginning with the 2013-14 school year, Bishop Canevin High School adopted the Ignatian Philosophy of Education which is outlined in the following Ignatian Pedagogy principals. Ignatian Pedagogy is a teaching model that seeks to develop students of faith, competence and compassion. Ignatian Pedagogy:

  • Embraces the unique qualities in each student.
  • Facilitates students’ understanding of information in a personally relevant and personally appropriated manner.
  • Employs a systematic, sequential and purposeful teaching plan.
  • Encourages students to decide what is truly good for themselves and society through a process of discernment.
  • Is challenging and rigorous.
  • Is interdisciplinary.
  • Makes use of novel teaching methods and technologies as they arise.
  • Relies on teachers to serve as model “women and men for others” both in and out of the classroom.
  • Encourages attentiveness, reverence and devotion to reveal truth and wisdom.
  • Utilizes clear and specific evaluation methods.
  • Encourages student responsibility and independence.
  • Emphasizes speaking and writing excellence.
  • Views teaching as a vocation and as a service to others.
  • Values the five educational principles comprising the Ignatian pedagogical paradigm:
    • Context—understanding student life and culture
    • Experience—providing intellectual and affective learning opportunities
    • Reflection of meaning for self and others
    • Action—the external expression of learned content
    • Evaluation of student growth

Bishop Canevin is the only Ignatian/Jesuit based high school education in Western Pennsylvania. Our teaching philosophy is grounded in Ignatian Spirituality which asserts that God is present in our world and active in our lives. It is a moral and ethical compass that leads to deeper prayer, good decisions guided by careful thought, and service to others. In service to others, our students donate over $275,000 worth of their personal time every year.

Almost 450 years ago, with the admonition to “Go forth and set the world on fire,” St. Ignatius of Loyola commissioned Francis Xavier to preach the Gospel to the people of India and the Far East. We have used these symbolic words as our school theme, encouraging everyone in the Bishop Canevin community to approach every school year and their daily lives with enthusiasm and clear purpose for a highly successful year.

Here is an interesting article that explains what distinguishes the Jesuits from other Catholic orders.

The Examen

The Examen is a method of prayer developed by St. Ignatius Loyola to review your day in the presence of God. It has five steps, which normally takes about 15 minutes each day.

Examen Prayer Card

Service Opportunities

Please view our Service Opportunities link to learn more about service that qualifies for Bishop Canevin’s Magis Moments Program.

What Does Ignatian Spirituality Have to Offer Parents?

It is often that parents turn to their faith and wonder, “What’s there that can help me?” Ignatian Spirituality offers many lessons to parents seeking wisdom and help. Click here to read about three important lessons given in IgnatianSpirituality.com’s article “What Does Ignatian Spirituality Have to Offer Parents?

St. Ignatius of Loyola

More About St. Ignatius Loyola

St. Ignatius Loyola was born in 1491, one of 13 children of a family of minor nobility in northern Spain. As a young man, Ignatius Loyola was inflamed by the ideals of courtly love and knighthood and dreamed of doing great deeds.

But in 1521, Ignatius was gravely wounded in a battle with the French. While recuperating, Ignatius Loyola experienced a conversion. Reading the lives of Jesus and the saints (i.e., St. Francis of Assisi) made Ignatius happy and aroused his desires to do great things. Ignatius realized that these feelings were clues to God’s direction for him.

Over the years, Ignatius became expert in the art of spiritual direction. He collected his insights, prayers, and suggestions in his book the Spiritual Exercises, one of the most influential books on the spiritual life ever written.

With a small group of friends, Ignatius Loyola founded the Society of Jesus, or the Jesuits. Ignatius conceived the Jesuits as “contemplatives in action.” This also describes the many Christians who have been touched by Ignatian spirituality. Click here for more information about St. Ignatius Loyola and the development of Ignatian Spirituality.


AMDG For the Greater Glory of GodA.M.D.G.

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, the Latin motto of the Society of Jesus and the fundamental principle of Ignatian Spirituality, is translated into English as “For The Greater Glory of God.” This charge calls us to discern what is good in life and to further that work so we might bring about a more just and loving world.

Over the past few years, there have many new happenings at Bishop Canevin, beginning with our new “House System”, Days Away and AMDG plaques in every classroom. What does all this have to do with our current and prospective students?

St. Ignatius once said, “Go forth and set the world on fire.” We are all called to find our passion in this world and to bring God the glory, the beauty, and the honor through these passions. This does not only apply to school work, but in all our involvements—family, friends, teams, clubs and career dreams. We are not only called to accept the love of God, but to spread this love of God through all we think, say and do. The great aim of education is not only knowledge but action! One student from a Jesuit high school put his thoughts in prayer:

“God, please grant me clear vision.
The vision to work for the greater glory of your name.
Please help me to wake up each morning with this in mind.
Help me to clear my mind of minor details that only distract me from my purpose.
Point me where your people need help so that I may go to bed each night
knowing the world is a better place, and your vision has been fulfilled.”