In continuation of “Love Week” in Loyola Hall, members of the Manresa Symposium gathered for a Valentine’s Day class session to discuss “Ignatian Values in Humanitarian Action,” led by the president of Fordham’s Humanitarian Student Union (HSU), Neil Joyce, FCRH 2019.
The conversation began with a short article by Fr. Gregory Boyle, S.J., founder of Homeboy Industries. Joyce started off with a discussion of Fr. Boyle’s work and how he is a humanitarian, allowing the Scholars to begin to think of ways in which Jesuit values reflect humanitarianism, and vice versa. Then, Scholars broke up into small groups. Using their knowledge of Fr. Boyle and understanding of core Jesuit values, they applied elements of Manresa’s Shared Expectations model to humanitarianism.
Discussing themes of Learning, Sharing, Reflecting, and Serving, Scholars evaluated the presence and value of these actions in their own lives, the Fordham community, and the world beyond. At the conclusion of each small group thematic discussion, the Symposium participants collectively shared thoughts and opinions that were generated, and ultimately applied humanitarian values to their lives as students at a Jesuit university.
The Symposium session concluded with an introduction to the role of the Humanitarian Student Union, leaving many Scholars eager to sign up to interact with the lessons of this session beyond the walls of Loyola Hall.
Lindsey Register, FCRH 2020
Manresa Programming & Marketing Fellow, 2017-2018