Rev. Fr. Brian Pereira, SJ
The primary goal of Jesuit Education is to form men and women who are committed to work for the transformation of the world. In order to achieve this goal, the Jesuit Order has highlighted four global priorities for the next 10 years. First priority is to delve deep into the rich reservoir of spiritual sources so as to show people the way to God and to help them to make mature decisions through discernment. Second, to work for reconciliation and justice, by walking with the poor, the outcasts, and those whose dignity has been violated. Third, to accompany the young as they struggle to find meaning in their lives, and help them in the creation of a hope-filled future. Fourth, to care for the earth our “Common Home”, and collaborate with people of goodwill in the construction of alternative models of life that are based on respect for creation and on a sustainable development.
We, the members of St Joseph’s Pre-University College are determined to work together to promote these global priorities; thus, contribute our share towards the transformation of the world. We are aware that transformation of the world can remain a utopian dream unless we transform individuals. As Paul Friere rightly said, “Education does not transform the world. Education changes people. People change the world.” We work for the transformation of the individuals in our college through carefully designed curricular and co-curricular programs. These programs help our students to become academically accomplished, professionally proficient, morally mature, socially sensitive, politically pro-active, culturally composite and spiritually strong persons.
We are convinced that apart from organizing programs individual transformation requires a suitable climate of personal accompaniment and encouragement – cura personalis. I am happy to place on record that the Principal and the staff of St Joseph’s Pre-University college work hard to provide a nurturing ambience for the holistic development and the transformation of our students. I sincerely wish and pray that their selfless service bears rich fruits in bringing about a positive transformation in society.