Companions Program Overview

Central to the mission of Walsh Jesuit and other Jesuit high schools is the document, The Graduate at Graduation.  The five core characteristics that make up the Grad-at-Grad – Openness to Growth, Intellectual Competence, Religious, Loving, and a Commitment to Doing Justice – lie at the center of student formation. 
 
The desire for a cohesive and communal approach to how students learn about, experience, and integrate the Grad-at-Grad characteristics into their own lives led Walsh Jesuit to create the Companions Program. The resulting endeavor is a four-year program that attempts to explicitly create symmetry between the school’s various mission-based activities and integrate the Grad-at-Grad into the lives and experiences of the students throughout their years as students and into the future.
 
Using advisory groups, Walsh Jesuit students engage the Grad-at-Grad characteristics alongside adult mentors throughout their four years as students. They are divided into groups of twenty and with the assistance of two faculty/staff members per group, meet six times each year to more fully explore what the Grad-at-Grad means in their lives. Faculty/staff facilitators remain with the same group of students over the course of four years to build community and increase the level of cura personalis (care for the whole person). 
 
Walsh Jesuit has begun implementation of the Companions Program in the 2016-17 school year. During this first year, there will only be a curriculum for the freshman class. The Program will gradually roll out a curriculum to a new grade level each year over four years, so that full implementation will occur with the 2019-20 school year.

Dates to Remember

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Meet the Companions Team

List of 4 members.

Welcome To WJ

    • Welcome Freshmen

Symbolism of The Program

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  • Companions

     
    In light of our Jesuit identity and mission, we have appropriately named this program "Companions." We believe that this name not only reflects the communal nature and journey of this mission-based formation program for both our students and adults, but by invoking the name of the original group of Jesuits, this title enables us to both share our history and embrace our challenge to "set the world on fire."
    A quote by Dom Helder Camera best summarizes the philosophy of Companions; he states, "It is possible to travel alone, but we know the journey is human life and life needs company."
  • The Companions Shell

     
    The scallop shell has appeared as a Christian symbol at various times throughout history, but it is perhaps most universally associated with the pilgrim – one who travels a long distance to a holy place. In particular, the shell is closely tied to the Way of St. James, or the Camino de Santiago de Campostela, a Christian pilgrimage in Spain.
    The scallop shell also represents our patron saint and founder of the Society of Jesus, Saint Ignatius, who considered himself a pilgrim. He led his co-founders, whom he called "companions," to further deepen their relationship with God.
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