Jesuit Education

Canisius High School is rooted in the Jesuit tradition of education established nearly 500 years ago by St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). Canisius is part of a network of nearly 60 Jesuit high schools and 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. As a Jesuit school, we encourage students to be guided by principles of ethical living, service to others, the search for truth, and a passion for justice.

The following are characteristics of a Jesuit education:

  • Magis: Literally translated “more.” This is the challenge to strive for excellence.
  • Women & Men for and with Others: Sharing gifts, pursuing justice, and having concern for the poor and marginalized.
  • Cura Personalis: “Care for the individual person.” Respecting each person as a child of God and all of God’s creations.
  • Unity of Heart, Mind, & Soul: Developing the whole person. Integrating all aspects of our lives.
  • Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (AMDG): “For the Greater Glory of God.”
  • Forming & Educating Agents of Change: Teaching behaviors that reflect critical thought and responsible action on moral and ethical issues.


Jesuit schools are all around the world.
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