Formation in matters of faith
A Jesuit education places faith formation at the centre of its scope, integrating the spiritual formation of each student into the entire education journey from childhood to young adulthood.
Students are encouraged to look into themselves to discover their spiritual identity and respond to God’s calling to them as individuals rooted in the everyday realities of today’s world.
Rooted in Jesuit tradition, students are offered various programmes, retreats and service experiences that encourage them to reflect on their own deep desires and on the needs of the world around them, ultimately to realise their full potential and better serve society.
College Staff are also offered formation by the specially designated Formation Team.
Staff Formation team
The Ignatian Formation Team seeks to help the staff at St. Aloysius’ College to deepen their vision of Ignatian Pedagogy and Ignatian Sprituality. This is done in various ways:
- Shared Vision Programme for New Members of Staff
- Staff Development Days about Characteristics of Jesuit Education
- SoulSpace Seminars for Teachers of Secondary School and Sixth Form Colleges
- Spiritual Development Days for Teachers of Primary School
- Spiritual Development Sessions for Administrative Staff
- Spiritual Development Sessions for Domestic and Technical Staff
- Optional Ignatian Retreats
- Personal Meetings with Staff
The Ignatian Formation Team works in collaboration with the Jesuit Institute in London, as well as the CEFAEGI within the Foundation of Education within the Province.
For more information about the work of the Ignatian Formation Team contact the Coordinator: Christine Rossi on firstname.lastname@example.org or 22793241.
Eucharistic Youth Movement
The EYM is a youth movement based on Jesuit spirituality. The entire EYM journey is based upon four words: The Gospel, Eucharist, Community and Mission.
It is divided into several age groups to adapt the overall proposal to the different stages of life. For each age group there is a corresponding commitment of the Christian life.
The Spiritual Exercises, proposed at the end of the itinerary, represent a precious opportunity to take stock of the journey done and begin to plan, through the Word of God, one’s life.
At school we have the following sections
Young Stars – Prep 4-6. Co-Ordinator: Ms.Roberta Camilleri
Fire Friends – Form 1,2 – Co-Ordinator: Fr.Paul Zammit SJ
Journey Companions – Form 3-5 Co-Ordinator: Fr.Paul Zammit SJ
Team Builders – 6th Form Co-Ordinator: Br.Rob Rizzo SJ & Ms.Cristina Spiteri
EYM – Secondary School
About 80 students attend the weekly EYM meetings on Fridays after school. Ten lay and Jesuit leaders, together with a number of Sixth Form students conduct these meetings which are followed by sports-time.
Meetings centre on prayer, discussions, sharing and other activities inspired by the Gospel.
EYM at College is conducted in liaison with their Italian counterparts. As a matter of fact a group of Secondary School students attended the Italian meeting at Frascati, Italy this year.
Once a year EYM Day is celebrated at school.
Great enthusiasm accompanies these meetings.
Christian Life Communities
The Christian Life Community is an international lay movement of men and women, young and adult, from all walks of life, who desire to discover their calling in life and be Christian persons of service.
At St Aloysius College, students are invited to join a CLC group during Sixth Form.
Members gather regularly in small groups to support one another in living a way of life based on Gospel values. The small communities are organised into larger communities regionally and nationally, together forming the World Community.
From their journey as young adults, each member discovers the three pillars of CLC – Community, Spirituality and Mission (or ‘a call to serve’). The spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit Order, is CLCs source and inspiration.
At present, in Malta and Gozo, there are some two hundred and forty CLC members who meet on a regular basis in about twenty four different communities, each with its own character and history.