Steven Mailloux discusses in his article the idea of “eloquentia perfecta” and its influence in U.S. Jesuit colleges and universities. “Eloquentia perfecta” is said to be the ideal Christian who would be a good person who speaks and writes skillfully for the common good. Mailloux spends most of the article describing how the connection between eloquence and virtue (or “eloquentia perfecta”)became the foundation for their educational goals.
Jesuits want to cultivate a student who possesses these traits of virtue and eloquence through rhetoric. Therefore Mailloux goes into further detail about what actions many Jesuit colleges and universities are taking to transform their curriculum to be more geared towards the rhetorical arts which will as a result help students to grow in other fields of study and to keep Jesuit tradition alive and well.