The heart of the school

Our faith is at the centre of everything we do at Stonyhurst. As a community we seek to do everything Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (to the greater glory of God), so that our faith informs the high standards we strive to achieve from day to day. The spiritual inspiration for our life at the College comes to us from St Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits.

All pupils are encouraged to participate in the rich and vibrant spiritual life of the school. We are a predominately Catholic school and world-famous as a centre of excellence in the Jesuit tradition. We welcome young people of all Christian traditions, and other faiths, encouraging them to play as full a part as they can in the spiritual life of our school; we are proud of our Catholic heritage, pedagogy and tradition.

Our pupil body has always been drawn from a global community and this enriches chaplaincy work at Stonyhurst. Each year pupils go on retreats, travel to Rome and other centres of pilgrimage and historical importance.

The spiritual values the school holds are about forming wise, eloquent, generous young people. An uplifting aspiration which cuts across humanity, no matter which jack in a box of faith you spring from.

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The pupils’ excellent spiritual development is nurtured by the powerful Christian ethos that pervades the school.

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Jesuit Principles

Our Jesuit principles provide the bedrock of our mission to develop our pupils’ unique talents, challenging them to give of their very best in all that they do, Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam, for the greater glory of God and to find God in all things.

With Jesus at the centre of our caring, supportive and prayerful community of pupils, staff and parents, we know our pupils as individuals, provide for their specific needs and help them to become well-rounded men and women who will do as much as they can for other people.

We nurture independently-minded young people, able to think for themselves, and to stand up for their beliefs, preparing them intellectually, spiritually and emotionally to play an active role in the church and provide leadership in facing the problems of the modern world.

We help pupils to find God in the majesty of His creation, to be good stewards of the resources entrusted to them and to live up to our school motto, Quant je puis, as much as I can, in their every endeavour.

Jesuits around the world

Today, we retain strong links with Jesuit schools around the world.  Two thirds of our pupils are Roman Catholics, one third join us from overseas, and you’ll find Stonyhurst alumni serving others and in leadership roles around the world.

Our pupil body has always been drawn from a global community and this enriches chaplaincy work at Stonyhurst. Our pupils regularly take part in projects with other Jesuit schools around the world.


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People sometimes ask what makes a Jesuit school different or distinctive. Saint Ignatius Loyola (the 16th century founder of the Society of Jesus and Jesuit schools) gave the answer that a Jesuit school should be about “improvement in living and learning for the greater glory of God and the common good.

Jesuit schools strive to give a first class education but they are also places committed to outstanding formation of character, wanting their pupils to develop into well-educated adults who will live good and virtuous lives. Jesuit schools hope that the young people they form, in partnership with parents, will make the most of their God-given gifts and talents and use their education as ‘men and women for others’ to make the world a better place, especially for the least well off and most socially marginalised.

Fr Adrian Porter SJ,  Delegate for Education
British Province of the Society of Jesus

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