Children learn about Ignatian ideals

Children and staff from six Jesuit primary schools have spent three days reflecting on their Ignatian heritage. They were attending the ‘Ignite’ conference at Stonyhurst College in Lancashire.

Pupils and teachers from St Aloysius, Glasgow, St John’s Beaumont, Windsor, Barlborough Hall near Sheffield, Donhead (Wimbledon) and St Joseph’ s, Hurst Green attended the conference at Stonyhurst's prep school, St Mary’s Hall, at which they considered St Ignatius’ challenge to “Go Forth and set the world on fire” [Ite inflammate omnia], and how they could make a difference to the lives of others.

The ‘Ignite’ event brought together 24 year-6 children who took part in drama sessions about the lives of the Jesuit martyrs and visited the historical Stonyhurst Collections with their curator Mrs Jan Graffius. They also took part in discussions about generosity in the community, learned about the qualities of ‘Truth’ and ‘Eloquence’, celebrated Mass and spent time in prayer and reflection.

Mrs Clare McCullough, Lay Chaplain at St Mary’s Hall said: “This was a marvellous opportunity for the children to deepen their shared Jesuit identity, explore the theme of generosity and form new friendships.”