Foundations

Foundations

The word foundation has several definitions which are particularly apt to describe this collection of documents. The three that inspired me to choose the word but to use its plural form for the title of this book are: 1) the base on which something rests; 2) the fundamental principle on which something is founded; and 3) a supporting material or part beneath an outer part.

These documents do indeed establish the bases, delineate the principles and provide the hidden supports for the dynamic renewal process, which has been taking place within Jesuit secondary education during the past quarter century. The founding of the Jesuit Schools Network (or, as it was then called, the Jesuit Secondary Education Association) in 1970 proved to be a grace-filled moment in that renewal process both for Jesuit education and Catholic education in general.