Happy Feast Day of St. Ignatius of Loyola
Today we celebrate the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus and the one from whom our college derives its name.
St. Ignatius through his life and writings taught us to seek and to find God in all things. I stress in all things.
He believed that God can be found in the experiences of our lives and that God is not distant from us. He also believed that our lives attain its greatest value when we do all things for service of God and for humanity. This is the motto of our school. This is what we teach our students – to find opportunities for services, for kindness and for growth in all things, even in difficult situations. This harnessed opportunities make them men and women of competence, conscience, compassion and commitment. This is the hope and vision of our school and of everyone that attends and visits our sacred home of transformation – our field of dreams.
So to all lions and lionesses of our great school, past and present, to all our students in Leadership and Service programs, to all our staff, to all parents of our students and to all our collaborators and benefactors, I wish you all a happy Feast Day.
May God bless your hearts and your families with happiness and with peace.
Fr. Peter Chidolue, S.J.
Welcome to Loyola Jesuit College, Abuja
Loyola Jesuit College (LJC) is part of the worldwide family of Jesuit schools run by the Society of Jesus in Abuja, Nigeria in Africa. With them, it shares a common vision and philosophy derived from the writings of the founder of the Jesuits, St. Ignatius of Loyola. All Jesuit schools and their alumni are linked internationally, regionally and nationally and share development programs in common. Although all Jesuit schools are linked in that they draw from the same educational philosophies, each school is unique in the way that it adapts to its particular circumstances. The Mission Statement and other contents of this website which flow from it are our attempt to be both authentically Jesuit and relevant to the Nigerian society that we serve.
Loyola Jesuit College is a co-educational boarding secondary school in the Jesuit tradition. The college opened with JSS-1 in 1996, and now has over 600 students in JSS-1 to SSS-3. It is a full boarding school, with teaching and supervision from members of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in collaboration with the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus and dedicated lay teachers and staff.
The school is located in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria in Africa, situated on a beautiful 28.5-hectare site in the village of Gidan Mangoro. The school provides an atmosphere conducive to focused learning. Spacious athletic fields, a stream that runs alongside the property, and creatively designed buildings that complement the natural beauty of the landscape help to make Loyola Jesuit College a beautiful and effective educational learning environment.
We hope and strive to form women and men for the service of God and others in the Jesuit tradition
Our vision is rooted in the world-view of St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits (the Society of Jesus), a Catholic religious order of Fathers and Brothers. Catholic education is integral, quality human education valid for all who appreciate its intrinsic value of concern for firm moral foundations, academic excellence and sincere respect for all that is good and true in others, and through its mission schools, has had a long and illustrious history in Nigeria.
Our goal is to make a significant contribution on the national level to harmonious coexistence of people of different traditions of our nation state.
Community of shared vision
The Loyola Jesuit College is a community of shared vision, trained and working together with this common purpose. Open to students and staff of all religions, all economic levels and all tribal and regional origins, the College encourages the model of a unified family, and strives to develop individual talents and gifts within that family, with deep respect for the traditional values of Nigeria.
One of the specific contributions of Jesuit educators is that they are oriented to certain values. Jesuits and their colleagues at Loyola Jesuit College pledge themselves to the moral development of their students. Development of religious principles and moral values is central to the curriculum, not just in religion courses, retreats and religious services. Our religious education is not for the sake of proselytising non-Catholic students but to help develop in all of our students lasting moral principles.
Personal care and concern is the hallmark of Jesuit education. For such a relationship of authenticity and truth to flourish between teacher and student, mutual trust and respect that grows out of a continuing experience of the other as a genuine companion in learning is required. It means, too, being keenly conscious of and sensitive to the institutional environment of the school, being alert as teachers and administrators to the complex and often subtle network of norms, expectations, behaviours and relationships that create an atmosphere for learning. Praise, reverence and service should mark the relationship that exists not only between teachers and students but also among all members of the school community.