南山大学

 

Nanzan Univerty’s Catholic spirit

Educating from a Christian worldview「Hominis Dignitati」

Father Joseph Reiners

Nanzan University is operated by Nanzan Gakuen, a religious order run by the Society of the Divine Word. Father Joseph Reiners, a German SVD missionary who arrived in Japan at the end of the Meiji period, founded Nanzan High School in 1932. Fourteen years later, the Nanzan College of Foreign Languages was established—and in 1949 it became the seed for Nanzan University, which started as a single faculty with just four departments. In the sixty-plus years since then, our institution has blossomed into a full-fledged university offering eight faculties and seventeen departments, including Nanzan Junior College which became a department within the university in April 2011.

Nanzan University is the only coeducational Catholic mission school in the Chubu region, and “educating from a Christian worldview” is our founding principle. To help us better translate this abstract principle into concrete action, we have adopted “Hominis Dignitati—for the dignity of all human beings” as our educational motto.

One of the central tenets of Christianity is that human beings have been created in God’s image, and as such have an inviolable dignity—one that confers sacred value and inalienable rights. It is our fervent hope that we may foster individuals who take these teachings to heart and thus live their lives in a way that honors the inherent dignity in themselves and in other people.

About the Society of the Divine Word

The Society of the Divine Word (Societas Verbi Divini, or SVD, in Latin) alludes to the biblical phrase “the Word became flesh.” The name’s origin reflects the purpose of the society, reminding us of our spiritual unity with Christ as we fulfill our mission of evangelism, which is the fundamental work of the Church.