Virtual Ignatian Inquiry Sessions

Virtual Ignatian Inquiry Sessions

The JSN is eager to encourage a spirit of inquiry across the many layers of our work in Jesuit education. With our Virtual Ignatian Inquiry Sessions we seek to promote content-based resources for the schools and tell the stories of our schools and the educators in them. 

Upcoming Session

Sports and Ignatian Identity in Jesuit Schools
Thursday, May 4 2023 at 3 p.m. ET

Yogi Berra says it best: “Love is the most important thing in the world but baseball is pretty good too.”  Dr. John Krambuhl will share his ​pdf icon dissertation research findings on the relation between sports and Ignatian Identity.  While the Society of Jesus and Jesuit schools have long honored the engaging and educational possibilities of physical activity and sports, the contemporary environment in the United States presents both opportunities and challenges in linking athletics with the Ignatian mission.  This conversation will be of particular interest to all those charged with leading and supporting athletic programs in our schools, and will be of interest to all leadership, faculty and staff across the Provinces who are called to support students.

About the Speaker

Dr. John Krambuhl Biography

Dr. John Krambuhl is the Director of Mission and Ministry at Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, Maryland.  He graduated from Gonzaga College High School in 1997 and has worked in Jesuit education for nearly 20 years, first as a teacher and coach at Gonzaga, then in campus ministry at Jesuit High School of Tampa, and for the last 11 years at Georgetown Prep.  He is a husband and a Dad to nine-year-old identical twin boys.  John had a deep and memorable experience praying the Spiritual Exercises and subsequently participated in Holy Trinity parish and Georgetown University’s Faber Program to Give the Spiritual Exercises. He has led Ignatian prayer groups in spiritual conversation and communal discernment for several years. 

 Dr. Krambuhl earned a doctorate in education from George Washington University in 2020 with a dissertation on the relation between sports and Ignatian identity in Jesuit schools.  This research gave him the opportunity to bring his love of playing and pondering sports into conversation with spiritual growth and Ignatian educational mission. 

Recent Session

Exploring JSN’s Annual Report

Held on Tuesday, February 7, 2023

The JSN Annual Report examines faculty, staff and student populations from a number of different perspectives and provides member schools with comparative data about who we are and our shared mission of Jesuit education. This year for the first time, the JSN Partnered with The Center for the Applied Research of the Apostolate (CARA) of Georgetown University for the data collection and analysis of the 2022-2023 JSN Annual Report.   The analysis that CARA engaged in with this JSN Annual Report is a significant enhancement and value added to our shared desire to utilize data assessment as it relates to our mission of Jesuit education. This live virtual session will offer an opportunity to engage with the report, exploring the data tool and learning about how it relates to our work in caring for our communities.  The session will be of particular interest to those working with data in our schools, and all educators and leaders are welcome to attend.

About the Speakers

Father Thomas P. Gaunt, S.J. Ph.D.

Father Thomas P Gaunt, S.J. PhD currently serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, a position he has held since January 2011.


Prior to coming to CARA, Father Gaunt has served in Jesuit governance as the Socius/Executive Secretary of the Jesuit Conference-USA for nine years and the Formation and Studies Director of the Maryland and New York Jesuit Provinces for seven years.  After ordination, he spent ten years as a pastor and as Director of Planning and Research in the Diocese of Charlotte.


Father Gaunt entered the Society of Jesus in 1971, earned a BA in Philosophy from St. Louis University in 1976. He received an STB from the Bellarmine School of Theology in Chicago and a Masters of Divinity from Loyola University in Chicago in 1981.  Father Gaunt later went on to complete a Masters in Public Administration (1985) and a Ph.D. (1994) in City and Regional Planning, both from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Sister Thu T. Do, LHC, Ph.D.

Thu T. Do, LHC, Ph.D. is a Sister of the Lovers of the Holy Cross of Hanoi and a Research Associate at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, Georgetown University. She received her Ph.D. in Higher Education at St. Louis University. She has co-edited the recent book, New Faces, New Possibilities: Cultural Diversity and Structural Change in Religious Institutes of Women Religious, published by Liturgical Press in May, 2022. At CARA, she is involved in various survey research projects, specialized in the area of religious life.