Our Mission

The Gail and Francis Slattery Center is built on a commitment to a specific vision of the humanities called the Ignatian Humanities.

Radically personal, imaginative, and spiritual, the Ignatian Humanities inspire us to draw on our own lived experiences and cultivate habits of self-examination; to actively imagine ourselves within the lives of others; and to seek fullness of life in relation with the divine.

The Ignatian approach to the humanities embraces critical thinking and the deconstruction of ideas, but then aspires to help students reassemble, with personalized discernment, a coherent worldview grounded in both truth and faith.

With roots in the life and experiences of St. Ignatius of Loyola, in his Spiritual Exercises and Constitutions of the Society of Jesus, the Ignatian Humanities emphasize the flourishing of faith alongside reason, the importance of eloquent communication, a pedagogy grounded in cura personalis, and the development of students into “contemplatives in action.”

The Ignatian Humanities seek that inner moment when the head, the heart, and the soul converge to embrace the good, the true, and the beautiful – and there find God in all things.