Twin brothers, originally from Fremont, really are going great lengths to promote global learning.
On Friday, the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, president of Creighton University in Omaha, was in Seville, Spain, for the installation of the first European chapter of the century-old Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit honor society. The event took place at Universidad Loyola Andalucia.
Hendrickson was invited to the installation, an honor bestowed on him to signify his role as a founding member of the first Alpha Sigma Nu installation in Europe.
In 2013, he was inducted as an honorary member of Alpha Sigma Nu at Marquette University.
He assisted in the honorary induction of his twin, the Rev. Scott Hendrickson of Loyola University, Chicago.
The Rev. Daniel Hendrickson placed the medal on his brother, welcoming him into the society.
During the ceremony, Hendrickson delivered the keynote address, explaining the importance of Alpha Sigma Nu for Jesuit Higher Education.
The board of governors of Loyola Andalucia honored Hendrickson for his achievements in higher education, his work as president of Creighton University and the Creighton Global Initiative.
Hendrickson was installed as the 25th president in Creighton’s history in October 2015. More than 600 people attended a missioning Mass; another 1,500 witnessed his installation.
One of the first priorities of Hendrickson’s presidency, the Creighton Global Initiative strives to create “resources that offer opportunities for faculty, staff and students to embrace global perspectives abroad and at home.”
Hendrickson has said areas of interest include understanding how global issues impact people locally.
Another area involves global experiences and immersion in other cultures and customs, which are generally life-transforming in the lives of students.
The partnership between Creighton and Loyola Andalucia began with a visit from the Spanish university to Creighton last spring.
It has continued with a student exchange program, the university said in a press release.
Hendrickson and his twin, Scott, are part of the Society of Jesus, a Roman Catholic order of priests and brothers founded half a millennium ago by Ignatius Loyola. Called “the Jesuits,” the order consists of thousands of priests, brothers, scholastics and novices worldwide, its website states. The men serve as pastors, teachers, chaplains and many other roles as well. The Jesuits are the largest male religious order in the Catholic Church.
The Hendrickson brothers are the sons of Jerry and Mary Hendrickson, formerly of Fremont.
In a 2015 Tribune article, the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson shared warm remembrances of the Fremont area.
“Fremont is a terrific community with great values for living together in families,” he said. “It was a great place to roam freely and ride bikes and to lifeguard and to make friends.”
The Hendrickson twins and their older brother, Ryan, went to Mount Michael Benedictine High School in Elkhorn. The school made an impact on them.
“We were impressed by the dedication and service of the Benedictine monks of that Abbey,” he said. “They were our teachers, deans, coaches and counselors and — in their lives as monks — expressed many different kinds of work and interests in their lives.”
Hendrickson sensed the call to become a Jesuit priest while at Marquette University in Milwaukee.
“They had a great impact on the lives of the students,” he said of the priests. “They were very educated men. They were well-traveled. They worked as professors, doctors, lawyers, social workers and parish priests.”
In his role as Creighton president, Hendrickson has the opportunity to impact students.
During his address at an academic convocation for new students in 2015, Hendrickson urged them to travel within themselves.
“Travel into your own gritty reality,” he said. “Dive within yourselves and let philosophy, theology, literature, history, art, and more, take you deep down.”
He urged them to travel out.
“Break the boundaries of what is familiar and friendly,” he said. “… study and work abroad.”
Alpha Sigma Nu began in 1915 at Marquette University. It is the only Jesuit honor society and recognizes students for achievements in scholarship, loyalty and service. The Creighton chapter is the second oldest Alpha Sigma Nu chapter in the nation.