Finding God in All Things
In this issue of the President’s Report, I’m proud to share stories highlighting the ways philanthropy contributes to academic excellence as told through the lens of our students’ experiences.
As a Jesuit, I was trained to find God in all things…as I prepare for the next chapter in my ministry, I feel the presence of God in the work we’ve accomplished together for Saint Joseph’s.
In my inaugural address, I challenged the Saint Joseph’s community to “Awaken to the Magis.” As Jesuits often use the magis, to be inspired by God’s love so as to aspire for God’s greater glory.
Another Jesuit, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, once said, “We are all collaborators in creation. Our duty as men and women is to proceed as if limits to our ability did not exist.” In a university setting, this may be the best description of the magis. Ultimately, is the academy not about casting aside limits? Who are we if we do not challenge the old ways while always striving for “what’s next?”
What’s next is that we are now uniquely positioned for a new era of leadership at Saint Joseph’s. As you know, Mark C. Reed, Ed.D. – an accomplished Jesuit-educated academician and administrator – will succeed me as president in July. With a new mission statement to serve as our north star, a collaborative campus community proceeding in an Ignatian way and the vision of a talented leader like Dr. Reed, the University is poised for even greater success in the future.
As president I have often defined the magis as being inspired by the revelations of God’s love, evidenced every day at SJU, so as to aspire to do more, ultimately for God’s greater glory. As I conclude my time as president, I am confident that we are a stronger organization today than we were three years ago. With your support, we’ve been able to do more for our students and our future is bright. I have a deep faith that you will continue to support the Saint Joseph’s that we are today, as well as the university that we are about to become.
Thank you for your friendship and for your continued support of and loyalty to Saint Joseph’s University.
Blessings and best wishes,
C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J., ’72