In 1973, Pedro Arrupe, S.J., then Superior General of the Society of Jesus, gave an address to the International Congress of Jesuit Alumni at Valencia, in Spain. The title of that address, "Men and Women for Others," has become the capsule formula for what all alumni/ae of Jesuit schools propose to be.
Fr. Arrupe stated: “Today our prime educational objective must be to form … men and women who cannot even conceive of love of God which does not include love for the least of their neighbors; men and women completely convinced that love of God which does not issue in justice for others is a farce.”
In this same vein, and from the beginning of his papacy, Pope Francis has stressed the importance of a life of “service”. "To be Christian”, he proclaimed, “is to do what Jesus did – serve." He noted that “… there are many people who spend their lives … in the service of others.”
Hence, the purpose of the Loyola Hall of Merit, which was created in 1984, is to honour outstanding Loyola High School graduates and associates who contribute significantly to society in the spirit of “service for others.”
In addition, the Loyola Hall of Merit also offers current and future Loyola students examples of ‘men and women for others’, men and women of compassionate service.
The Hall of Merit Committee invites nominations of those who best exemplify the goals and ideals put forward by Fr. Arrupe and Pope Francis. Whether nominees have received public exposure for their contributions or have done so more quietly, but no less effectively, the over-riding criterion for selection will be remarkable and outstanding service for others.
The Hall of Merit Committee would appreciate receiving nominations for the Hall and would respectfully request that each nomination include a letter providing as much supporting material as possible.
The next induction ceremony will take place on April 6, 2018. The deadline for submitting nominations is January 15, 2018.
Chair, Selection Committee
Loyola Hall of Merit
7272 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal H4B 1R2
If you require additional information, please free to contact Don via the e-mail address indicated above, or by phone at 514-486-1101, ext 281.