Jesuit Identity

The Faculty of Philosophy of the Society of Jesus (FFDI) continues a centuries-long Jesuit university tradition of teaching philosophy across the world and in Croatia. Jesuits are members of the Society of Jesus, an international Catholic religious order founded by Ignatius of Loyola in the 16th century. They subsequently arrived and spread quickly throughout Croatia and the neighbouring regions, establishing their colleges in Zagreb (1607), Rijeka (1627), Varaždin (1636), Dubrovnik (1658), Požega (1698), Osijek (1765), Petrovaradin (1765), Belgrade (1613–32; 1726–39). The Jesuit College in Zagreb grew into an Academy, which is considered to be the cradle of Zagreb University. After the restauration of the order, the Jesuits returned to work in the colleges and seminaries in Dubrovnik (1854), Travnik (1882), Sarajevo (1893), Zagreb (1937), Osijek (1998), Prizren (2002). Among many renowned Croatian Jesuits, we should especially mention Ruđer Bošković, Bartol Kašić, Juraj Habdelić, Ivan Ratkaj, Nikola Plantić, Ferdinand Konšćak, Antun Kanižlić, Ante Gabrić, Mijo Škvorc, Marijan Gajšak…

The ideals and the principles that marked the Jesuit education and training in the last 450 years have become the core of the character and the mission of the Faculty of Philosophy of the Society of Jesus. The Faculty as an institution of higher education through its work strives to excel in teaching and scientific research mainly in the field of philosophy and religious studies, while also encouraging general creative and critical thinking skills in students. Jesuit pedagogy is founded upon a personal and professional relationship between the teacher and the student (cura personalis), and is concerned not only with the appropriation of the cognitive content, that is, knowledge, but also with the acquisition of wisdom. Such approach helps students to achieve an integral formation, to develop their own personalities, which leads on to a greater inner freedom and to the insight about the necessity of taking responsibility.

Jesuit pedagogy is based on Ignatian spirituality, which inspires us to “seek, find, and serve God in all things.” Such pedagogy is oriented towards the care for others and for the community, in commitment to build peace through the promotion of truth and justice, to promote the dialogue with the world of science, with different cultures and worldviews, to promote the communion in the Church and interreligious dialogue, and finally to promote the dignity of each human person as well as the preservation of the environment.

Hrvatska pokrajina Družbe Isusove (Croatian Province of the Society of Jesus) 

Filozofsko-teološki institut Družbe Isusove u Zagrebu
(Jesuit Institute of Philosophy and Theology in Zagreb)

Jesuit Curia in Rome

Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (USA)

Pontificia Universita’ Gregoriana (Pontifical Gregorian University)

Hochschule für Philosophie München (Munich School of Philosophy)

Campion Hall (University of Oxford)

Centre Sèvres (Paris)

Comillas Pontifical University (Madrid)

Academia Ignatianum (Kraków)

Sophia University (Tokyo)

Ateneo de Manila University (Manila)

Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico)

Philosophers in Jesuit Education