A centre for excellence, Father Arrupe Centre for Excellence (FACE), to promote the human face in all its
goodness, in the image and likeness of God, was launched on 14th November 2007 at XLRI, Jamshedpur.
FACE is named after Father Pedro Arrupe, who was the Superior General of the Society of Jesus from 1965 to 1983. It has been inaugurated by Mr. Anand Nayak, Executive Vice President, ITC. FACE is an open center which hopes to provide a wonderful platform for business organizations, NGOs, government, students and faculty from XLRI and other institutions to come together on key local, national and global issues. This initiative has been taken by Father Paul Fernandes, Professor, Business Ethics, at XLRI and has been heartily welcomed by Father N. Cashmir Raj, Director, XLRI, and the Governing Body of XLRI.
Father Pedro Arrupe was a medical student and doctor when he joined the Jesuits. He was a novice master at Yamaguchi, near Hiroshima when on 6th August 1945, Hiroshima was nuclear bombed. He cared for the wounded, twisted with pain, the dying. He understood the injustice that causes such things very well and went on through his talks to educate the world of the horrors of nuclear war. He was the Provincial of Japan Jesuit province and was elected General of the Society of Jesus in May 1965. He taught that Jesuit education has as its aim the preparation and formation of men and women for service of others.
By becoming a member of this newly emerged centre, FACE, one would be able to heartily contribute to the society, as FACE incorporates within itself a social center, an environmental center, a spiritual center, an educational center, a research and study center, a center for Governance, Public Governance, Corporate Governance and Citizenship, a center for Corporate Social Responsibility, a center for Students, Faculty, NGOs, Educationists, Corporate Citizens, Environmentalists, and a center for peace and justice. It is an open center which hopes to provide a wonderful platform for business organizations, NGOs, government, students and faculty from XLRI and other institutions to come together on key local, national and global issues affecting the lives of millions of people in the next three to four years.
FACE comes into being on this year’s Children’s Day as it would be the centenary of the birth of Father Pedro Arrupe. It is named after Father Arrupe, because just like him, this centre wants to help those who are in urgent needs, not for some selfish gain but with love, knowing humbly that they will do the best they can which may only be limited by their availability and capabilities. FACE draws inspiration from him, and from his global leadership in guiding the Jesuits world-wide in all their activities and endeavors.