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The Power of Jesuit Education

men and women for others

Stainglass window panel with the Boston College seal The story of Boston College began in 1534, when seven idealistic students at the University of Paris met in a chapel in Montmartre and vowed their lives to the service of God and the well-being of their fellow men and women. They were the founders of the Society of Jesus—the Jesuits—an order of religious men who did not choose monastic life but instead went out to encounter and transform the world, committed to "finding God in all things."

Missionaries, explorers, scientist, artists, diplomats, writers—the Jesuits worked wherever intelligence, talent, and the needs of the Roman Catholic Church took them. And when they turned to education, they developed an approach that sought to integrate intellectual excellence and religious commitment, that was concerned with character as well as mind, that valued knowledge, transcendent values, community, and service to others.