Who is the man God has called me to be?
Focus of the Summit
Since 1851, Bellarmine has educated and guided boys as they become men. The Justice Summit on masculinity offered our community the opportunity to reflect on the student's destination of manhood. Our motto, like that of all Jesuit schools, speaks of becoming "men and women for and with others." As much as this motto invites our students to be service-oriented, the work begins by arriving at a mature, true and confident sense of self.
Through this summit, we examined challenges that young men face today - including social and cultural expectations - and asked students to consider alternatives to short-sighted interpretations of manhood. We considered key archetypes, and looked to Jesus as a model of how our students are called to be young men who respect and uphold the dignity of all human persons, including themselves.
On the parent level, we dialogued with and presented information to parents to help them with the challenges and joys of raising teenagers. Through guest speakers and presentations, as well as discussion questions for parents to consider with their children, we helped parents to address some of the key issues of parenting in the 21st century.