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Educator outlines new ways to meet needs of disadvantaged students


This is the cover of "Come to Believe: How the Jesuits Are Reinventing Education (Again)." The book is reviewed by Kathleen Finley. (CNS)

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"Come to Believe: How the Jesuits Are Reinventing Education (Again) -- Inside the First Year of the New Arrupe College" by Stephen Katsouros, SJ. Orbis Books (Maryknoll, New York, 2017). 224 pp., $24.

It is rare these days to be able to take a peek at the beginning of an institution of higher learning, especially one founded with a pastoral perspective; the reader has that privilege in "Come to Believe."

In his title, Jesuit Father Stephen Katsouros not only references the process of growing in faith that the disciples of Jesus experience in the Gospels but also, as he explains, the process of watching young people from disadvantaged backgrounds gradually coming to believe in themselves and that they actually belong in a college setting, specifically the two-year college within Loyola University Chicago that readers see taking shape here. (The "again" in the title refers to the way Jesuit education helped reshape middle schools with the Nativity model in the 1970s and Cristo Rey secondary schools in the 1990s.)

Not only does Father Katsouros, dean and executive director of Arrupe College, bring good administrative skills to this task -- setting up an excellent team, having clear expectations, hiring a quality faculty -- but he also continues to reflect on Gospel values and perspectives as he preaches in a local parish on the weekends.

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